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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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Virginia transportation officials say construction work to fix one of Northern Virginia's worst bottlenecks will begin next year. The widening of Rt. 606 between Rts. 29 and 50 in Loudoun County is designed to reduce congestion on a five-mile, two-lane section of the road from Evergreen Mills Road to the Dulles Greenway. Residents and businesses along this stretch of 606 have ...
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MetroAccess may be on the verge of its first strike, potentially stranding the hundreds of disabled residents who rely on the service for their daily appointments. Walk into Art Enables—a gallery and studio on Rhode Island Avenue NE—and you'll find 57-year-old Clem Evans quietly painting. For Evans and the other 32 self-taught artists who come here two or three times a w...
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Bike advocates are applauding a new bicycling safety law for D.C. that is currently pending congressional approval. The new law will allow a bicyclist to cross at an intersection when the pedestrian walk signal flashes. It also allows bike riders to cross an intersection where a leading pedestrian interval is used — to allow them to start crossing before cars begin their tur...
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The 495 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia—14 miles of EZ Pass-only toll lanes where HOV-3 vehicles ride free—are still struggling to attract drivers nearly one year after opening. Traffic volume on the new highway is below expectations, accordin...
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As the first phase of the Silver Line Metro project nears completion, the agency building the $6 billion rail extension says construction will soon begin on Phase II to Dulles Airport. As a team of 200 engineers finishes plans for the second phase of the Silver Line — six more station stops including two in Loudoun County — preliminary construction work is underway, says...
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Arlington taxi drivers who emerged from a one-hour, closed-door meeting with the chairman of the county board on Wednesday called the session “useless” after expressing their complaints to chairman Walter Tejada about working conditions. More than 100 taxi drivers demanded the meeting last Friday when they entered the county government building and refused to leave after...
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Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said Congress must realize upgrading the nation's infrastructure will require raising hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue. He called on lawmakers to raise the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 to $.18 per gallon — at a forum on next generation transportation systems at the ...
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In transit-rich Arlington, parking spots in residential high-rises remain empty, even at times of “maximum capacity,” according to a new study by Arlington County Commuter Services’ Mobility Lab researchers, who will distribute their data to engineers who produce a n...
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Montgomery County lawmakers are considering plans for an 80-mile express bus network that is raising a divisive issue: how many car lanes should be turned into bus-only lanes? About 80 percent of the lanes in the proposed bus rapid transit—or BRT—network would be new lanes, adding capacity to the existing corridors. About 20 percent would be "repurposed." That's the tech...
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New technologies in the form of smartphone apps are changing personal transportation in Washington, especially among Millennials, who view their smartphones the way older generations looked at car keys. One startup has chosen D.C. as the place to launch the beta for its app. Steve Carroll with RideScout showed off the app...
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Two weeks after the start of universal credit card acceptance in Washington, the transition from cash-only to modern technology has been bumpy, with more than 5,600 of the District’s roughly 6,500 cabs having installed systems that accept payments from both credit cards and smartphone apps. By Oct. 1 the District’s more than 100 cab companies and hundreds of independent ...
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Each day the partial government shutdown drags on, it eats a hole in Metro's budget, but the transit authority says it will continue to maintain normal service levels, at least for now. Rail ridership is down 15 to 20 percent as federal workers stay home, and that's costing Metro ...
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It's Metro's policy to consider raising fares every other year. Fare revenue pays for part of the transit authority's $1.6 billion operating budget — and 70 percent of that pays employees salaries, benefits, and pensions. "It takes people to run trains, it takes people to maintain trains, it takes people to run buses, it takes people to maintain buses," says Metro general...
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The government shutdown is carving a big hole in Metro's budget. After a fiscal year that saw rail fare revenues fall below projections and overall rail ridership drop 4 percent, WMATA is losing about 20 percent of its ridership each day as federal workers say home. Metro, like any agency, has to balance its budget and pay its staff, as well as maintain its system. As Martin Di Caro r...
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A group of taxi drivers is suing the District government. The class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington claims the taxi modernization program mandated by the D.C. Taxicab Commission violates the drivers' constitutional rights. The group of five cabbies claims the new data tracking system installed in all taxis infringes on the drivers' and passengers' pr...
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Rank Location Total Crimes Jan-Aug 2013 1 Brookland 44 2 Deanwood 41 3 Minnesota Avenue 40 4 Gallery Place 35 ...
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Metro continues to investigate what caused a work accident that killed a contractor on the Red Line tracks. Three days after a one-ton piece of rail struck and killed 41-year-old Harold Ingram, Metro says the root cause of the accident has not been determined. A ...
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The Virginia Department of Transportation agreed to pay the D.C.-based public relations firm Stratacomm nearly $300,000 to help the agency build public support for a controversial highway plan in Northern Virginia, according to documents obtained by a state legislator through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). State Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th), a vocal opponent of the Bi-Co...
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Virginia transportation officials say building the Bi-County Parkway will help turn Dulles Airport into a major air cargo hub, but a new study says a new highway may not make much difference. The study (pdf) by David Versel, a researcher at the George Mason University Center for Regional Analys...
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It's been fifty years since D.C. had a working streetcar line. And transportation officials say building a new streetcar system from scratch is proving to be a tricky process. The D.C. Department of Transportation takes WAMU on a tour of streetcar construction on H Street to view the challenges and disruptions of building a line along a busy corridor. Transportation reporter Martin D...