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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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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 ...
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Maintenance of the transportation system of both highways and commuter rail lines must be the top priority of local governments and decision-makers as the region’s job base and population expand, according to plan crafted by transportation planners and adopted unanimously on Wednesday by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. The ...
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The agency building the Silver Line Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner is approaching an important milestone, raising expectations that the first phase of the $6 billion project could open to passenger service this spring. After weeks of delays to fix software glitches involving the trains' automated safety system, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says its...
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Montgomery County officials are still waiting for an answer from a Bethesda property owner that is being asked to tear down its office building for the Purple Line light rail project. Executives with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the owner and largest occupier of the Apex building in downtown Bethesda, say they have not decided yet whether to agree to de...
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Some D.C. taxidrivers say they are out hundreds of dollars after a company that processed their backseat credit card transactions went under. A day after announcing the French firm Gleike Taximeters was unable to do business because of significant financial problems...
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Before the McDonnell administration’s final days in office expired, transportation officials moved to complete an agreement with the National Park Service and historic preservation groups to allow the Virginia Department of Transportation to pave the ten-mile Bi-County Parkway over the western edge of Manassas National Battlefield Park. A final draft of the ...
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Hundreds of D.C. taxicabs won't be able to accept credit card payments for a while, but it's not their fault. More than 700 cab drivers who signed contracts with the company Gleike Taximeters to process their backseat credit card transactions need to find a new payment system. Gleike is going out of business, after ...
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Since the 2009 Red Line crash that killed nine people near Fort Totten, Metro has been operating its trains manually. But now the transit agency is preparing to start testing the system to return operation of the trains to a computer. When your Metro train comes a herky-jerky stop, that's a result of the manual operation of the train — the conductor has his or her hand on ...
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Metro is paying a billion dollars for hundreds of new rail cars. They'll replace cars that have been in use since the 1970s, and rail experts say they'll be both safer and more comfortable for riders. Martin Di Caro got a preview this week, and brings us the details in our regular look at transportation and the politics of getting around. [Music: ...
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President Obama's former transportation secretary continues to publicly champion a tax increase he mostly avoided as a member of the cabinet. Ray LaHood, the Illinois Republican who served seven terms in the U.S. House before becoming the nation’s transportation chief in 2009, repeated his call for Congress and the president to agree to raise the federal gas tax, last incr...
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The region’s residential and business hubs with potential for significant commercial development should employ a range of strategies to manage growth, including zoning changes, public-private partnerships, affordable housing initiatives, and tying land use strategies to transit projects, according to a study of 92 ...
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Metro will begin testing an open payment system this year, giving commuters the option of using their credit cards, federal government IDs, or smartphones to speedily pay fares — tap and go — when boarding buses, passing through fare gates at rail stations, and to pay for parking, the transit authority announced on Wednesday. Metro awarded a $184 million contract to the ...
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You never know who might hail your cab. That is the message the D.C. Taxicab Commission is sending to Washington’s taxi drivers with the announcement it placed undercover "test passengers" in cabs to find drivers who are violating a slate of new regulations, including mandatory credit card acceptance. "The message we are sending to drivers is that when they appli...
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A decision that will affect the immediate future of the Purple Line project in Montgomery and Prince George's counties is expected soon. Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff says that within the next couple weeks a "record of decision" is expected on the 16-mile light rail project — the paper granting the Purple Line the federal government's blessing to proceed. ...
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The interior of the 7000-series cars are quite the departure from the 70s decor of the 1000-series. With its 1970s-era railcars creaking with age, Metro final...
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