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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.


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It's our monthly look at the region's top transportation stories. Today, we'll hear about plans for getting people to and from the new Metro stops that are soon to open on the Silver Line. We'll also talk pedestrian safety and hear about the grassroots push to make D.C. streets safer for people getting around on their own two feet. Music: "Where the Streets Have No Nam...
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Transportation officials in Virginia have approved new funding for projects designed to ease traffic congestion. Interstates 66 and 495 are among the roadways that will receive funding for improvements, thanks to a decision by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. The board approved $35 million to study the environmental impacts of adding capacity to 66 from the Beltway to ...
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Both sides in the battle over Arlington County's proposed streetcar lines are weighing in on a big decision by the county board. The question of whether Arlington should build the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar lines will not go to a public referendum. A 3-2 majority on the county board decided on procedural grounds to keep the controversial projects from being dec...
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The District Department of Transportation has released its final safety report for a dangerous avenue in a Northwest neighborhood, prompting a mixed response from both pedestrian safety advocates and residents. Following a spate of recent crashes on Arkansas Avenue NW between 16th Street and Georgia Avenue, including ...
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In his most confident remarks to date about the opening of Metro’s first new line since 1991, the transit authority’s top official said the Silver Line rail project to Tysons Corner and Reston is in the “final stretch” during a conference call with reporters. Metro general manager Richard Sarles said if Silver Line contractor Bechtel, known as Dulles Transit Partners...
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Metro is expected to announce the start date of Silver Line service to Tysons Corner and Reston one week from today. Speaking today, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said what commuters have been waiting years to hear: "We are in the final stretch." Sarles said that if Silver Line contractor Bechtel continues to make progress fixing the construction problems t...
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The opening date for the D.C. streetcar is not the only aspect of the project mired in uncertainty. The local transit union is attempting to organize the future streetcar operators and maintenance workers. "This whole process has been one of the most frustrating I've ev...
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By a unanimous vote, Metro's board of directors authorized General Manager Richard Sarles to name a start-date for the Silver Line. That does not, however, mean you're likely to see one any time soon. Metro believes floating any possible date could create an unreasonable public expectation that the Silver Line will open at that time. After all, the Silver Line has been plagu...
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Metro's top official says the Silver Line project is in the home stretch, but refuses to name a date for when the rail line to Reston will open. In a unanimous vote, Metro's board of directors has authorized General Manager Richard Sarles to name a start date for the Silver Line. But Sarles isn't ready to actually do that yet. "We are focused on getting the work do...
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The number of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs is expected to increase by more than 100 percent this fall. The D.C. Taxicab Commission and Metro have reached a deal to convert 33 MetroAccess vans into wheelchair-accessible taxicabs starting October 1. It is a pilot program that will allow some MetroAccess customers who travel to dialysis to use a converted van at a cheaper rat...
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With the federal fund that pays for highway construction on its way to insolvency, a group of Democratic lawmakers, labor unions, and road building advocates held a large rally outside the Capitol today. "We want a long-term solution, not another short-term fix." That was the message blasting from loudspeakers at the so-called Rally for Roads, where Terry O'Sulliva...
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The District is about to make a big change to a very busy road in Foggy Bottom. Next Tuesday the District Department of Transportation will change New Hampshire Avenue Northwest between Washington Circle and M Street from one-way to two-way traffic. DDOT project manager Rick Kenney says it makes sense to turn all of New Hampshire Avenue in that area to a two-way street. ...
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When crossing Maryland Avenue Northeast in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, be ready to run for it. Despite new, bright signs erected at crosswalks alerting drivers to stop for pedestrians, residents say crossing the four-lane road remains dangerous because many motorists simply do not stop. The 25 m.p.h. speed limit is routinely ignored. And even though the District...
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Metro is targeting July 20 for the start of “simulated service” — trial runs to train rail operators — on the new Silver Line to Reston, Virginia, according to union scheduling records. Passenger service could start one week later on Monday, July 28, pending the outcome of ongoing safety testing and the completion of outstanding construction issues by the contractor Bechtel....
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors wants to hear from the public tonight about a controversial highway plan. So many residents have spoken out against the Virginia Department of Transportation's plan to build express lanes in the median of Rt. 50 west of Dulles Airport that the Loudoun Coun...
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Funding is being slashed for a future D.C. streetcar system that would stretch from Benning Road west to Georgetown and from Anacostia north to Takoma. The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave initial approval to a budget that scales back Mayor Vincent Gray's ambitious plan to spend close to $900 million dollars over the next six years on streetcars. Instead, Council Chair Phil Me...
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This post has been updated D.C.'s planned streetcar system might have less money than expected for future construction, prompting warnings from Mayor Vincent Gray that lines could be delayed and cost more than expected. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced yesterday that he was proposing cutting the capital funds set aside by Gray for streetcars ...
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D.C. Council member and Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser is asking the District Department of Transportation to move quickly on studying the installation of a rush hour bus lane on 16th Street Northwest from Columbia Heights to downtown D.C. Bus lane supporters, including D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, have renewed calls in recent weeks for DDOT to complete its studi...
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Metro has taken control of the $2.9 billion Silver Line rail project, the transit authority announced Tuesday morning. After months of delays caused by numerous construction and technical ...
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Crime is dropping on Metro, according to new numbers. Maybe because of alert riders like Michelle Massie, Metro is reporting a big drop in thefts of electronic devices. On the Red Line recently, Massie looked like an easy target if someone wanted to grab her...