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Martin Di Caro

Transportation Reporter

Di Caro has been WAMU's transportation reporter since February 2012. He covers local and regional issues challenging the residents of the heavily-congested, transit-friendly Washington metropolitan area. Martin often focuses on how transportation, land use, and public policy converge to shape the face of the region and the lives of its traffic-weary residents. Before coming to Washington, Di Caro worked at some of the most popular radio stations in the country's largest media markets. As a general assignment reporter at New Jersey 101.5 FM he won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best New Series after reporting on the severe illnesses suffered by 9/11 rescue and recovery workers. Di Caro also works for the Associated Press Radio Network in D.C. and New York.


Articles Written by Martin Di Caro

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The District Department of Transportation is studying the possibility of constructing electronic, EZ Pass-only toll lanes on the 14th Street Bridge and connected freeways, and has submitted its study into the Washington region’s long-range transportation plan. Planners cautio...
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Three weeks after a draft Federal Transit Administration audit uncovered deep mismanagement of grant dollars at Metro, the transit authority’s chief financial officer has announced her resignation. Carol Kissal, Metro's CFO for the past five years, informed general...
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Planned expansions of the Capital Bikeshare system may avoid long delays after all. Public Bike System Company, the sole supplier of bicycles and bike docks for D.C.'s bikeshare program, now has a new owner. The Montreal-based company, more commonly known as Bixi, went bank...
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The growing number of car-free D.C. households pouring ever more pedestrians and bicyclists onto the streets is exposing the shortcomings of those roads designed primarily for cars. Drivers speed. Crosswalks are poorly marked. And occasionally someone is badly injured as a result. Even for a city generally considered friendly to walking and biking — laced with speed and re...
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Arlington, known for is progressive transportation policies and smart-growth planning, is counting how many commuters get to work on bikes. So it makes sense that downtown Arlington has the first bike-o-meter on the East Coast. Standing about eight feet tall with a digital tabulation ...
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The federal fund that pays for the upkeep of the nation’s roads, bridges and intercity passenger rail systems is heading toward insolvency in late summer. The highway trust fund distributes about $50 billion annually to maintain and rebuild crumbling bridges and pothole pocked roadways among other aging transportation infrastructure. The debate over how to replenish it is about to b...
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The Silver Line is approaching an important milestone — again. The contractor building the Metrorail project through Tysons Corner says it will be ready for submission to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) as early as today, triggering a 15-day review process. If approved by the authority’s project managers, the Silver Line may finally be handed to Met...
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The M Street cycle track features curb protections ...
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A question that has been dying for an answer since late last year is: When will the Silver Line open? The contractor building the Silver Line, Bechtel, says it expects to submit the project for approval within the next few days, possibly Wednesday. Then the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will determine in a two-week review period whether the Silver Line is "subst...
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A changing transportation landscape demands a new way of doing things in D.C. government, according District Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3). In Washington, where 40 percent of households are car-free and transportation options are multiplying, driven by technological innovation placing commuting choices on the screen on your smartphone, Cheh is proposing a major overhau...
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Metro’s leadership is defending the transit authority’s ongoing reforms of its financial management system after a draft audit by the Federal Transit Administration found Metro mismanaged millions in federal grants. The 50-page draft report focused on the pe...
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Update: On Monday afternoon the offices of D.C. councilmembers Mary Cheh and David Grosso announced they have introduced legislation to deregulate fares when they are ordered through mobile dispatch services. The legislation was drafted independent of the D.C. Taxicab Commission's proposal. The...
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Do UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar offer ridesharing services or for-profit private sedans? D.C. regulators say the smartphone-based car services are essentially meterless taxis, and they are preparing to unveil a slew of regulatory proposals designed to close liability insurance gaps and limit their drivers’ hours on the road. New regulations to focus on insurance, hou...
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The expected transformation over the next three decades of Tysons Corner — “America’s Next Great City” — is viewed as a potential model for turning suburbs into cities. The transformation will change an area of large surface parking lots and wide roads into a city-grid street network of bike lanes, bus lanes, and pedestrian plazas surrounded by 20-story high rises and mixed-...
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Metro's bus and rail fares and parking fees are going up, effective July 1. The average rail fare is going up a dime. Bus fares are going up to $1.75 using SmarTrip. Cash fares are dropping from $1.80 to $1.75. Parking is going up 10 cents in every Metro garage, but 60 cents in Prince George's County. And average MetroAccess fares are increasing, but will be capped at $6.50 ...
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Metro’s finance committee is expected today to finalize its budget proposal that includes a modest fare and parking increase designed to generate an additional $28 million in revenue for the transit authority’s $1.7 billion operating budget — a 6 percent budget increase — in the new fiscal year starting July 1. The expected arrival of the Silver Line, which will require more w...
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Businesses are benefitting from the presence of nearby Capital Bikeshare stations in Washington, according to a survey conducted by a planning expert. When researchers try to measure whether bike share docks bring more customers into a neighborhood, they have to figure out whether those people would have walked, driven, or taken transit there anyway. That is the question pro...
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Phase I of the Silver Line Metrorail project through Tysons Corner is running six months (and counting) behind schedule. Northern Virginia commuters and Tysons real estate developers have reason to ask how these delays came about, especially when considering the following: the lead contractor i...
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The Purple Line Corridor Coalition met for the first time Friday on the presumption the 16-mile light rail project will be built, and it's looking like it will be. This week, the federal government issued its final environmental approval—an important milestone. Now the Maryland Transit Administration can begin condemning private properties currently standing in the Purple ...
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If the Silver Line to Dulles does not reach substantial completion by April 9th, 2014, lead contractor Bechtel can be fined $25,000 per day. The public has been awaiting the Silver Line for a while now; it was last announced the line would open in January. Martin Di Caro explains why we’re seeing yet another hold-up. Music: "A to B" by The Futureheads from The Fut...