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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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Your calendar says summer has a couple weeks left, but for most people, Labor Day marked the end of the fun season and the return to the daily grind Schools are back in session. Congress is back. And so are vacationers. For any using Metrorail to commute today, they may be in for a slower ride. Speed restrictions remain in place across the system, three of which ar...
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When it comes to holding the upper management of Metro accountable, the transit authority's board of directors is asserting itself more now. The new approach may be long overdue. This week's resignation of Metro's chief safety officer, James Dougherty, was spurred by a...
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This story has been updated. Hours after hearing his office labeled a “paper tiger” too timid to close dangerous holes in Metro’s safety practices, the transit authority’s chief safety officer, James Dougherty, submitted his resignation. The move came after Metro’s board of directors met in executive session Thursday with interim General ...
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Metro Connection Segments How A Spike In Gun Violence Weighs On Residents Of Shaw, Woodland Terrace ...
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Nine months after Arlington County leaders unexpectedly canceled a long-planned streetcar line along Columbia Pike from Skyline Plaza in Fairfax County to Pentagon City, residents are beginning to ask when they might see Plan B. The move to kill streetcar projects on the Pike as well as in Crystal City — whose combined price tags had surpassed $500 million — was prompted ...
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Speed cameras are slowing down drivers and saving lives, according to a study of Montgomery County's camera program by researchers at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The institute, which receives all its funding from car insurance companies, decided to pick Montgomery County's program — the first in Maryland — because it has been in operation since 200...
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Richard Sarles announced he would retire on Sept. 24 of 2014, but a replacement has not been forthcoming. (Martin Di Caro/WAMU) The D.C. region’s transit authority has spent the better part of the y...
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A stunning maintenance lapse that led to the derailment of an empty passenger train was caused by the combination of a single employee's error and flawed safety processes, an internal investigation by the D.C. region's transit authority has found. Metro release...
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Another key piece of the Purple Line funding formula is in place: Prince George's County has agreed with state negotiators to increase its share of the construction costs by $20 million to a new total of $120 million, county executive Rushern Baker said. In exchange, Gov. Larry...
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We’re No. 1 again. But what does it mean? A study by researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) confirms what most car commuters already think: The D.C. metropolitan region has the worst traffic congestion in the country. But critics of the institut...
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An emergency detour that made Metro buses bypass three stops in a Southeast D.C. neighborhood has been dropped, the head of the transit authority’s police division announced on Tuesday. Instead, transit cops will be stationed in the Barry Farm neighborhood, said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. After a stray bullet wounded a bus passenger on Friday, followed by a bus...
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In D.C.'s ever-evolving personal transportation market, a new app is promising cheap rides — cheap shared rides, that is. It's called Split, and it's trying to make an impact in an industry dominated by Uber. Split, which launched in May, is set up so drivers can pick up and...
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Uber and its ride-hailing competitors have enjoyed as warm a welcome in the District of Columbia as anywhere in the world, embraced by the D.C. Council with favorable legislation and celebrated by their customers for providing reliable and inexpensive transportation arou...
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Metro has no explanation yet as to why work crews failed to repair defective tracks that led an empty train to derail near Smithsonian station. This issue was detected nearly a month before the derailment last Thursday. The leaders of Metro...
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Updated 6:25 a.m., Aug. 13 Metro’s dark year took a stunning turn on Wednesday when the chief executive of the D.C. region’s transit system revealed that an Aug. 6 derailment was caused by a track problem detected but left unaddressed for nearly one month. “I don’t want to mince words, but this is totally unacceptable,” said Jack Requa, Metro’s i...
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“I’d never been hit by a car before.” Alex Keckeisen commutes 24 miles round-trip on his bicycle, decked out in cycling apparel and helmet. Since moving to the District a couple years ago, the 27-year-old consultant has taken advantage of the city’s expanding network of bike lanes, traveling between D.C. and Alexandria every day. But his commute took a turn...
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The long, ugly history of the Silver Spring Transit Center is turning toward a happy ending — or at least one of relief — as the multilevel transit hub that is four years behind schedule and $48 million over budget is expected to open within weeks, D.C. region transit authority officials announced on Thursday. The Metro board of directors unanimously voted yes to grantin...
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Congress has passed yet another short-term patch to keep the fund that pays for highway and transit projects from running out of money. But that patch — the 12th since 2009 — will expire in just three months, and Congress will do the funding dance all over again. This isn't good for the Washington region's needy infrastructure. Anyone who pays attention to majo...
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Ernest Chrappah, 38, was appointed chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission in June. He served as the commission’s operations chief under the late Ron Linton, who took major steps towards modernizing the District’s largely outdated and unpopular taxi fleet. Chrappah’s vision is to transition the commission from a legacy regulator that places burdensome rules on cab driv...