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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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Travelers will wait until 2018 to be able to take a Metro train all the way to Dulles International Airport. Commuters will also have to wait that long to ride a train west of the airport into Loudoun County. But the process of building the second phase of the Silver Line rail extension is beginning this spring. On April 19, the contracting teams' bids are due and the Metropolitan Was...
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The success of a megaproject can come down to a single decision: choosing the right contractor. As the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) prepares to embark on Phase II of the $5.5 billion Silver Line rail extension to Dulles International Airport, five pre-qualified construction consortiums are facing an April 19 deadline to submit bids to build a transportati...
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Nearly five months after opening, the operators of the 495 Express Lanes are struggling to attract motorists to their congestion-free toll road in a region mired in some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. Transurban, the construction conglomerate that ...
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The Fine Print The new law only applies when a driver is texting or emailing. The use of GPS, music programs and other phone applications is not prohibited. Drivers are not required to surrender their cell phones to police. Officers will ask drivers pulled over for texting if they...
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The structurally flawed Silver Spring Transit Center is absorbing more taxpayer money and promises to eat up even more, as the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday approved an additional $7 million to pay for construction work already completed at the transit hub, which is two years behind schedule and about $80 million over budget. The $7 million approved by county lawmakers ...
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Virginia lawmakers are expected to voice their approval this week for a bill that will make texting while driving a primary offense. It's a measure that is long overdue, according to Debbie Pickford, chair of the board of Drive Smart Virginia. "Right now a policema...
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Metro plans to add surveillance cameras to its rail cars for the first time and is spending millions of dollars to triple the number of surveillance cameras monitoring its stations and parking garages. The transit agency plans to increase the number of security cameras from 1,900 to nearly 6,000. An agency spokesman says that will cost $6.5 million. Metro previously a...
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AAA is out with its list of the best cars for commuters, and it is perhaps no surprise that alternative fuel vehicles top the list. When you consider high gas prices, terrible traffic congestion, and that roughly 70 percent of the region's commuters drive to work, it might make sense that AAA Mid-Atlant...
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The general contractor leading the construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center is publicly defending itself against charges of responsibility for building defects in the delayed transit hub, pointing to evidence that it followed Montgomery County's...
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The recent lobbying by bicycling advocates on Capitol Hill to address the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians seems to have paid off. A bipartisan group of 68 members of the U.S. House, responding to the advocates' safety concerns, has signed a letter to Secretary of Transportatio...
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On colorful maps spread out over long tables, the planned path of the 16-mile, light rail system known as the Purple Line was shown to residents and business owners at a "neighborhood work group" meeting Wednesday night. While the maps conjure images of what might be if the $2.2 billion rail system, supported by transi...
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While the District of Columbia grapples with proposed changes to its parking and zoning policies, last updated in 1958, Arlington County seems to have triumphed in its effort to minimize traffic congestion, especially in the Rosslyn-Ballston Metro corridor. Traffic volume...
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Metro is adding service to one of its busiest corridors, the A-line, which carries 14,000 riders every weekday. The A9 MetroExtra service along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE will operate from Livingston to McPherson Square during rush hours. The effort, which launched on March 24, is part of Metro's $5 million Better Bus initiative designed to reduce crowding on the tra...
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Bike DC was supposed to take place May 12. It would have given cyclists a chance to ride streets normally closed to vehicular traffic near the National Mall and up the George Washington Parkway. But this year, organizers were unable to secure the permits from the District and the National Park Service, so the event has been can...
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Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett is vowing that taxpayers will not be left on the hook for the problems delaying the completion of the Silver Spring Transit Center. Leggett says if the contractor Foulger-Pratt, the subcontractors, and design firms fail to rectify construction problems at the $112 million transit hub, the county will cancel the contract and sue. ...
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If the effort to modernize D.C.'s taxicab fleet has moved at a snail's pace, the snail crawled another couple inches on Wednesday, as officials with the D.C. Taxicab Commission revised a proposal to install credit card machines in all cabs by this summer. Barring any further setbacks, commission chairman Ron Linton expects the amenity that has been the norm in other major citi...
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The nation's infrastructure received a D+ — a slight improvement from the D issued in 2009 — in an infrastructure report card released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a group whose members stand to benefit from increased spending on the construction of roads, bridges, levees and dams. ...
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Update: Metro has confirmed that additional S line bus service from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. will begin on Monday, March 25. Original Story: Additional morning rush hour service is coming to Metro's busiest bus corridor in Washington after the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission took commuters' complaints to the transit authority....
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Metro is a step closer to seeking developers to build retail, residential, and office space at some of its rail stations. The transit agency envisions trains loaded with reverse commuters headed out of town in the morning instead of empty trains going to pick up D.C. bound workers. That will only happen, however, if there if there's something to attract commuters to the 11 pro...