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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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We're down to the final day of shopping before Christmas, and retailers hope to make up for what has been a disappointing season so far. But many local shoppers say that the Washington economy may be putting a damper on holiday spending. All the sales figures released to date show retailers have little reason to be as jolly as St. Nicholas. Sales are up only about two percen...
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The damage Hurricane Sandy did to public transit systems is still being repaired — more than a year after the storm. Now the federal government has announced a new program to prevent a repeat of what it calls the worst transit disaster in U.S. history. The Federal Transit Administration says public transit agencies in areas hit by Sandy will be able to apply for funds from...
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Metro police say a man was kidnapped at gunpoint at a Metro station and forced to withdraw cash from several ATMs. Officials say the man was taken by train from the Naylor Road station in Temple Hills on Friday night to the Waterfront station. Metro officials say the kidnapper's gun ...
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Metro is considering a long range plan to relieve congestion on its crowded rush hour trains, but Metro's top official says it's at least a couple decades from being realized. Metro planners are looking at the feasibility of building an inner loop of tunnels and 14 stations to take pressure off existing lines. The loop would go around the Rosslyn, Capitol South, Pentagon, and ...
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Expanding highways takes a lot of time and costs a lot of money, so the answer may lie in how to get the most out of the existing asphalt. When you're stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, the shoulder sure looks tempting. Well, think how much time you'd save if you could ride a bus that gets the shoulder all to itself. A group of transportation planners at the Metropo...
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As the Washington region’s population and employment grow, traffic congestion will worsen and the percentage of all daily trips taken using transit will remain at seven percent through 2040, according to a forecast by transportation planners at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). But the “finan...
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Twenty-one years after its plans were first devised and seven years after the District’s bike master plan called for its completion, the northern segment of Metropolitan Branch Trail in Washington — a proposed eight-mile bicycling and walking trail that may eventually connect Union Station and Silver Spring, Md. — remains years from being finished. The D.C. Department ...
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The District Department of Transportation says it's making progress on the M Street cycle track. Despite some challenging cold weather, DDOT is managing to change the face of M Street to prepare the way for the one-and-a-half mile protected bike lane running westbound from Thomas Circle NW to 28th Street NW. "We've done about 90 percent of the markings that need t...
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Rape victims would receive more help and the Metropolitan Police Department would be subject to more oversight under legislation being considered by the D.C. Council. Victims would have access to an advocate during interviews with detective and lawyers if the "Sexual Assault and Victim's Rights Act" becomes law. Bridgette Harwood, co-executive director of the group Network f...
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The first streetcar to glide down tracks in Washington in half a century will make its first appearance Friday, as the District Department of Transportation intends to transfer one of its new streetcars from its Anacostia test track to the H Street/Benning Road NE corridor with the intention of starting testing early next week — weather permitting. Contractors worked on W...
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The head of the agency building the Silver Line Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner declined to estimate when the rail line may carry its first passengers, a week after U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) raised concerns about project delays that could push back the start of revenue servic...
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The chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission has announced a crackdown on cab drivers he says are gaming the system. Any time you hail a cab in Washington, you should be able to pay with your credit card. While regulators believe most cabbies are in compliance, an unknown number are having technical problems with their new credit card readers. So instead of using their...
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Virginia transportation officials expect a key agreement to be reached by the end of the year that would open the way for final federal environmental approval of a controversial highway project next to Manassas National Battlefield Park. The fourth draft of a proposed agreement among the Virginia Department of Transportation, National Park Service, Federal Highway Administra...
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The District is celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela as its residents mourn his death. Mayor Vincent Gray reflected on the protests more than two decades ago that took place outside the very embassy where he delivered his remarks — the campaign against apartheid that pushed the U.S. government to finally support Nelson Mandela, instead of the oppressive South Af...
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Metro says its riders are getting a lot in return for their fare money. In defending his proposal to raise fares three percent come next July, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says riders are noticing widespread improvements throughout the system. "Escalators that are running better. They are not out as much. On time performance of train is higher. On time perf...
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The question no one has been able to answer is: when will the Silver Line open? In a letter to the agency building the Silver Line — the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority — Virginia Senator Mark Warner says with every month of delay, the traveling public suffers and millions of dollars in fare revenue are lost. Warner says Metro will fail to collect $...
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A federal subsidy designed to encourage commuters to take public transit to work is due for a big cut. Come January 1, the public transit benefit available to federal and private sector workers alike will drop from $245 to $130 dollars in pre-tax wages per month — unless Congress votes to keep the subsidy up. The parking benefit will go up to $250. Transit advoca...
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The federal gasoline tax, last raised in 1993 to $.18 cents per gallon, would increase five cents per year over three years and have future increases tied to inflation, under legislation proposed Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). With the Highway Trust Fund set to go broke in ten months, the congressman called on leaders of both parties and the Obama administration to raise the tax to re...
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A group of Metro riders says the transit authority should make a commitment to its customers, guaranteeing some basic customer service benefits. Ask just about any commuter what they'd like to see Metro do better, and they can come up with something. For Red Line rider Matthew Modrelle, he'd like faster information when something goes wrong on the rails. "It doesn't s...