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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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Unlike his recent predecessors, Virginia's new secretary of transportation will have the advantage of adequate funding — possibly not enough for all the commonwealth’s road and rail needs, but a large infusion of tax revenues nonetheless thanks to the passage of a transportation funding overhaul by the General Assembly. By eliminating the state gas tax and increasing the state sal...
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Metro's chief executive pleaded with regional leaders on Wednesday to lobby Congress for funding to complete the transit authority's ambitious plans to expand rail capacity and improve service over the next decade. In remarks to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) board of directors, Metro general manager Richard Sarles said the transit authority would nee...
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Automated speed cameras deployed throughout D.C. are slowing down drivers and reducing crashes and related injuries, according to a study of 87 existing speed camera locations (pdf) by the District Department of Transportation. The D.C. Council charged DDOT to complete the analysis of the relati...
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The McAuliffe administration's top transportation official says the state will seek to complete a study of one of the region's most controversial ideas to reduce congestion. Legislation to consider the construction of a new Potomac River bridge connecting Virginia and Maryland, backed by State Del. Tom Ru...
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Click to see the full-sized Silver Line map, co...
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More than 2,200 bicycling enthusiasts and advocates have signed a petition designed to pressure the National Park Service and District Department of Transportation to finish repaving and upgrading the popular but crumbling Rock Creek Park walking and biking trail. The last public meeti...
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The family of the elderly man who died of a heart attack after firefighters in NE D.C. failed to help is demanding justice. They stood across the street from the firehouse where 77-year-old Cecil Mills died; his family demanding the District fire everyone involved ...
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For people who don't want to take the time to hail a cab on the street in D.C., several car services are available that can be ordered with a smartphone app. But concerns about passenger safety have prompted officials to take action on these previously unregulated services. Since they launched in D.C., the smartphone-based car services UberX, Sidecar and Lyft have regulated th...
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Four months after the start of universal credit card acceptance in D.C. cabs, District regulators say most of the glitches that delayed payments and angered drivers in October have been fixed, although some frustration and confusion remains among the city’s more than 8,000 cabbies who are still adjusting to the new landscape of cashless payments. The original field of nine...
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Technology that can reduce non-alcohol-related car crashes by 80 percent and save thousands of lives will be required in all new automobiles sold in the United States, said federal safety officials at a news conference at Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington. After decades of making cars safer in the event of a crash, the new mandate would require automakers to manu...
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One of the Washington metropolitan region’s most congested highways could be expanded to include EZ Pass-only toll lanes that also would be used by express buses and HOV commuters, one of ten concepts for the future of I-66 the Virginia Department of Transportation unveiled during a public meeting in Vienna Thursday night. “Extending Metrorail is one of the concepts. So ...
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Metro's top executive says cold weather is mostly to blame for another morning of mechanical problems that snarled trains on four of Metro's five rail lines. Disabled trains led to long delays in the heart of rush hour on all lines but the Yellow Line. One morning last week, all five lines had problems, and Metro General Manager Richard Sarles even got stuck waiting on a free...
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In their final debate before two deciding caucus votes scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, the three Democratic candidates running for their party’s nomination to fill a vacant seat on the county board laid out their positions on one of the most divisive issues in the race: the future of the $300 million Columbia Pike streetcar project. Candidates Peter Fallon, Alan Howze, ...
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The last scheduled safety tests of the $5.6 billion Silver Line rail extension through Tysons Corner were completed without any obvious problems over the weekend, but the project-leading Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and its contractor Bechtel are not calling the tests successful yet. "We had 10 different trains running simultaneously along the Silver Line, all 1...
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The Piano Man is coming to Washington. Billy Joel chose Nats Park as one of four venues where he will perform this year — and his show in D.C. will take place July 26. The announcement was made at a news conference at the stadium, where a video of past Joel performances played. Victor Hoskins, D.C.'s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development, says the concert wil...
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Metro is blaming the cold weather for most of the problems during this morning's commute. About the only thing that went right during Alexandria resident Susan Bowyer's commute was a Yellow Line train was waiting for her at the station. After it departed for D.C., it was one problem after another. "And then we sat somewhere between Huntington and Eisenhower for at leas...
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The bankruptcy of the equipment and technology company behind Washington’s popular Capital Bikeshare system will not have any immediate impact on the program’s operations but eventually could create problems, depending on the outcome of debt restricting talks, District officials said on Tuesday. Public Bike System Company (Bixi of Montreal) has been placed under bankrup...
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If you are leaving work for home this afternoon, highway agencies say you should use extreme caution. The departments of transportation in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland say if you don't have to be on the road, stay home. For those who did drive into work this morning, Joan Morris at VDOT says the earlier you leave for home the better. "With these cold temperatures and t...
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The agency building the Silver Line Metro extension into the Virginia suburbs will have permanent federal oversight. Legislation drafted by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) creates a permanent inspector general to oversee the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Wolf says the agency has received close to $1 billion in federal dollars to build the Silver Line, and its past track ...
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The hospitality industry in Northern Virginia is protesting a slew of proposed fees affecting airport shuttle buses. Those shuttles that take you from Reagan or Dulles Airport to your hotel are free. Free for you, at least. The hotel swallows the costs as a courtesy to its guests. But now the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority is considering ...