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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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D.C.'s cabbies are raising their voices, with the help of the Teamsters Union, to push back against new regulations imposed by the D.C. Taxicab Commission. Metro's GM offers a rare apology for a terrible week on the Red Line: when might riders expect more reliable service? And DDOT finishes a bike lane — finally. Martin Di Caro brings us the latest wisdom from the world of transpor...
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Starting every morning at 7 o’clock two lanes are expanded to three on 16th Street NW heading south to downtown D.C., and the slow crawl begins shortly afterward. In one of the most congested north-south commuting corridors in Washington, buses and cars squeeze through Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights, past Meridian Hill Park, and into the lettered streets east of Dupo...
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The Silver Spring Transit Center, years behind schedule and about $15 million over budget, finally may be ready to open to the public next year after additional repair work, Montgomery County officials announced on Tuesday. “The crack sealing and repair is underway right now,” said David Dise, the top county official overseeing the completion of the transit hub plagued b...
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The Montgomery County Council has laid the groundwork for an 80-mile bus rapid transit system prioritizing the Rt. 29 and Rt. 355 corridors. How much it will cost, how long it will take to build, how many highway lanes will be dedicated to only buses —...
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With the weather turning colder, it's the deadliest time of the year for deer and a very dangerous time for drivers: rutting season. Three people in Maryland and Virginia have already been killed in collisions with deer this year. Since 2010, nine motorcyclists and three car drivers have been killed in deer collisions in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Thousands of deer strikes...
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Nearly one year after backing lane changes to one of the busiest north-south avenues in the District, an Advisory Neighborhood Commission says it will ask the D.C. Council to return Wisconsin Avenue NW in Glover Park to six lanes, succumbing to criticism that the new lane configuration created traffic bottlenecks. In a move designed to slow down speeding cars for the sake of...
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Metro General Manager Richard Sarles is apologizing to Red Line riders for the delays this week which are bad, even by the standards of the oft-beleaguered Metro line. "They suffered extraordinary delays, and for that I apologize," Sarles says. On Thursday morning, a train headed to Glenmont had brake trouble between the Fort Totten and Brookland stations. Other trains...
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Two months after starting to lay asphalt, the District Department of Transportation is just about done resurfacing the busiest bike lane in D.C. From K to Swann Street Northwest, the 15th Street bike lane looks brand new. Fresh asphalt smooths out and covers up old potholes and bumps. Bright yellow and white painted stripes clearly mark where bikes should be, and green hashe...
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Alexandra Police continue to investigate the murder of a prominent transportation official. Ron Kirby, a top planner at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, was found shot to death inside his home Monday afternoon by a relative. The news shocked friends and colleagues who had worked with Kirby over his 27 years at the Council of Governments. While there, the n...
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Whether tolls should be raised again on the Dulles Greenway will be argued before the State Corporation Commission today. State Del. David Ramadan is challenging a request to raise the tolls again, this time to $4.90 one-way. His cause is boosted by a petition signed by thousands of residents who say they avoid the Greenway because the tolls are too high. The Loudoun...
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Ron Kirby, a longtime transportation planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, was found shot dead in his Alexandria home on Monday. Ron Kirby was shot several times; a relative found his body inside his home early yesterday afternoon. Alexandria police have not made any arrests and are remaining mum on potential suspects. Kirby was the he...
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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority continues to prepare for the opening of the Silver Line Metrorail extension to Reston, Va. with one eye on safety testing and the other on its budget. During a presentation to the transit authority’s board of directors on Thursday, deputy general manager Robert Troup said Metro continues to work with the Metropolitan Washi...
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Have you seen the zebras on Pennsylvania Avenue? Three feet long and five inches high with black and white stripes, the heavy-duty plastic humps are bolted into the asphalt on Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets NW in the District’s latest move to stop illegal U-turns over the median bike lanes. The zebras — made by the Spanish firm ...
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Metro has released the numbers on the federal government shutdown, and as expected, the outlook is not great. The government shutdown lasted from Oct. 1-16, engulfing 11 commuting days. It cost Metro $5.5 million in revenue on a ridership drop of 13 percent, or a loss of 1.7 million trips. During rush hours, rail ridership was down about 20 percent during the shutdown. ...
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People and jobs are coming to the Washington metropolitan region – no matter how bad the traffic congestion is or how shaky the national economy may appear. The question facing planners is how to deal with the seemingly unstoppable growth in and around D.C. The answer may lie in building denser: stacking apartments, office space, and shops on top of Metrorail stations; tra...
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Deaths on the nation's roadways fell during the first half of the year, according to preliminary federal data. Traffic fatalities dropped more than four percent in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2012, according to an early report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 15,000 people were killed in crashes across the country.&...
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You probably won't be able to ride the District's first streetcar line in 50 years until next spring or early summer, but D.C. officials are refusing to estimate a precise date now that the launch has been pushed into next year. Ask the District Department of Transportation's chief engineer when the streetcar on H Street and Benning Road NW will carry its first passengers ...
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Cabbies rallied outside the Wilson Building this afternoon, demanding a meeting with Mayor Vincent Gray as they fight for more representation on the D.C. Taxicab Commission. With the help of the Teamsters union, about 100 cab drivers walked into ...
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Metro's general manager says you should be able to ride the first of a new fleet of modern rail cars late next year. "A complete departure from what people have seen for the last three or four decades on Washington Metro. It brings us into the 21st century," says Metro's General Manager Richard Sarles. By the end of this year, he says, the first four ...