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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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Transportation reporter Martin Di Caro breaks down the latest stories from the realm of trains, planes and automobiles. We'll get updates on Metro, including the political wrangling over the January smoke incident that led to one rider's death. And we'll talk taxi cabs, and find out why it's been so hard to expand the number of wheelchair-accessible cabs in the District....
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Metro's leaders will give a full public briefing Thursday on how the transit authority plans to fix a safety flaw across its rail system. The transit system's board of directors is holding its first meeting since the National Transportation Safety Board revealed problems with third rail power cables. Investigators found electrical connections were improperly constr...
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Cars that communicate with one another, and with the roads around them, may sound like something out a futuristic science-fiction movie about a time when crashes are a thing of the past and traffic jams don't happen. But the technology designed to try to create such a world is coming. By the end of the decade, V-to-V technology — short for vehicle-to-vehicle — could be s...
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Major repair work on the Silver Spring Transit Center will wrap up this week and the long-overdue project is expected to be ready to be handed to its future operator, Metro, in the next two months, Montgomery County officials announced on Tuesday. In what must have sounded like a familiar remark to taxpayers who have made a laughingstock out of the concrete eyesore, the coun...
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Several Washington cab companies may miss a June 29 deadline to upgrade at least 6 percent of their fleets to wheelchair-accessible vehicles, frustrating disability rights advocates who already were unhappy that the original late Dec. 2014 deadline had been pushed back six months. For years only a handful of wheelchair-ready taxis operated in D.C. Two government-subsidized r...
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Helping struggling taxi drivers is the focus of a hearing in Montgomery County today. Legislators aim to help cabbies get out from under onerous regulations and fees. Montgomery County will no longer try to regulate ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft — now that ...
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A plan by the Washington region’s transit authority to order an additional 220 modern railcars received key support on Thursday when federal transit officials gave conditional approval for Metro to use the new trains to replace close to 200 of its older, underperforming railcar models. “This is definitely good news for Metro riders. And we are truly grateful to FTA for t...
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How many parking spaces should be reserved for people with disabilities, and where should they be located? Those are questions the D.C. Council is trying to answer after the troubled rollout last year of the city's red-top meter program. The meters provide free timed parking for people with disabilities. Disability rights advocates are asking legislators not to l...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan might have found a pricey train worth pursuing. You just won’t be able to ride one in this country, at least not for many years. During a 12-day trade mission to Asia that started May 26, Hogan is visiting Japan, where he will take a ride on the famous maglev (short for magnetic levitation) train that tops 300 miles per hour. There is more to the g...
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With Metro without a leader since January, Virginia is telling Metro to pick up the pace of its search for a general manager. In a letter to Metro's board of directors, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne says he is "greatly concerned" about how long it is taking Metro to hire a new general manager. Layne tells us it's time for the board to agree once and for a...
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Updated 8:55 a.m., June 3 Three weeks after eight people were killed and more than 200 injured by an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, federal investigators say they have encountered unexpected problems in determining whether engineer Brandon Bostian was using his cell phone when train 188 hurtled off the tracks at more than 100 miles per hour. During a t...
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Two cabinet secretaries joined members of the region’s congressional delegation to call on Congress to fund infrastructure projects during a news conference Monday at the iconic Memorial Bridge, now undergoing at least six months of emergency repairs. The 83-year-old bridge was held up as a symbol of the nation’s crumbling transportation system. With its outside lanes cl...
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The District’s new 11th Street Bridge was designed to improve travel across the Anacostia River by connecting two highways, I-695 on the western bank and DC-295, also known as the Anacostia Freeway, to the east. The $400 million effort to replace two old bridges with three new ones has succeeded in helping car commuters get in and out of downtown Washington, but residents ...
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Emergency repairs have closed lanes and caused a weight restriction on the Memorial Bridge. As of Friday afternoon, both outside lanes are closed and a 10-ton load limit is in place — meaning no more Metro buses — until the emergency repairs are done. The National Park Service says they could take at least six months. The decrepit bridge that carries about 70,...
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The Virginia Department of Transportation heard from homeowners along the Interstate 66 corridor in Fairfax County Thursday night and the consensus was clear: the agency must fix its plans to expand the highway to ten lanes for 25 miles from the Beltway west to Haymarket. Hundreds of people packed an Oakton High School’s large assembly rooms for VDOT’s second in a series...
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A top Metro official will meet the head of the Federal Transit Administration next week in the latest move by the D.C. region’s transit authority to convince federal transportation officials to give Metro permission to send about 200 aging railcars to the scrap yard. Mort Downey, the chair of Metro’s Board of Directors, said he will meet the acting administrator of the F...
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The D.C. region’s transit authority is the latest public transportation system in the country to bar all political, religious, and advocacy advertisements, days after a controversial anti-Islam group sought to put up an ad in train stations and on the sides of buses. The Metro Board of Directors on Thursday unanimously voted to cease accepting all “issue ads” for the r...
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Metrorail commuters want relief from crowded trains, but the pace of that relief depends on how much money the transit authority’s regional jurisdictions are willing to spend on repairing old railcars and buying new ones. Some representatives on Metro’s board of directors are indicating they may not want to pay for both. And the decision isn’t entirely theirs. Federal t...
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Updated 8:15 a.m., May 27 Politicians and state transportation officials cut the ribbon on a new commuter route in Fairfax County on Tuesday, touting a widened Stringfellow Road as the solution for once nightmarish congestion that would routinely slow down motorists traveling between Route 29 and U.S. 50. The two-mile project widened Stringfellow Road to two...
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The creators of the latest on-demand personal transportation app to launch in D.C. aim to transcend typical ride-hailing by appealing to commuters interested in sustainability. Split, a “smarter shared rides” app created at the downtown D.C. tech startup incubator 1776, launched in Washington last week w...