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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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Washington taxi drivers are organizing. A packed union hall roared in acclamation as hundreds of cabbies rose from their seats to confirm the creation of an association with the Teamsters on Tuesday afternoon, a move to form a single voice to convey complaints about new industry rules and regulations to the D.C. Taxicab Commission. At a time when they would usually be ...
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The M Street cycle track was supposed to be built in August. Then the 1.4-mile protected bike lane running westbound from Thomas Circle NW to 28th Street NW was supposed to be built in October. Now 2014 looks more realistic. Citing the ongoing environmental review process, the District Department of Transportation announced the project has been delayed for a third time with ...
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Supporters of the Purple Line project in the Maryland suburbs expect a decision soon on whether the $2.2 billion light rail system will receive federal dollars to help build it. The Maryland Transit Administration is relying on federal funding to help build the Purple Line from Bethesda to New Carrollton — through the ...
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Metro has broken ground on a new bus garage in Fairfax County that will replace a World War II-era facility in Old Town Alexandria. Plans for the new garage and maintenance facility in Lorton represent Metro's attempt to transition fully into the 21st century: it will hold up to 160 hybrid electric buses that'll carry 20,000 daily riders. Those buses cannot fit in the old faci...
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It is estimated the District lost millions in sales tax revenue as hotel rooms and restaurant tables stayed empty because federal workers and tourists stayed home during the federal government shutdown. But at a D.C. Council hearing on Friday, the city's chief economist, Fitzroy Lee, said all the numbers aren't in yet. He pointed out that while furloughed workers lost wages...
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It remains unclear how badly the 16-day government shutdown damaged D.C.'s finances. It is estimated the District lost millions in sales tax revenue as hotel rooms and restaurant tables stayed empty because federal workers and tourists stayed home. Furloughed workers lost wages that they will receive in back pay, so lost income tax revenues will come later. Testifying...
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Opponents of the Bi-County Parkway project in Northern Virginia are responding to comments by the state's secretary of transportation faulting the federal government for dragging out the approval process. Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton called it an embarrassment that the Bi-County Parkway has been studied 12 years and is still awaiting final approval. ...
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Stung by criticism that he failed to break up underage drinking at house party last summer, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler held a news conference today to defend himself. Hi, I'm Attorney General Doug Gansler, alarmingly kids typically begin to experiment with alcohol around age 12. Parents, you are the leading influence. That was Attorney Gen...
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Top Virginia transportation officials say the next several weeks will be critical to the future of a major highway project in Northern Virginia, and they expect to have a final deal by the end of the year with the National Park Service and historic preservation groups to build the Bi-County Parkway over the western fringe of Manassas National Battlefield Park. The Virginia D...
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Virginia transportation officials say construction work to fix one of Northern Virginia's worst bottlenecks will begin next year. The widening of Rt. 606 between Rts. 29 and 50 in Loudoun County is designed to reduce congestion on a five-mile, two-lane section of the road from Evergreen Mills Road to the Dulles Greenway. Residents and businesses along this stretch of 606 have ...
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MetroAccess may be on the verge of its first strike, potentially stranding the hundreds of disabled residents who rely on the service for their daily appointments. Walk into Art Enables—a gallery and studio on Rhode Island Avenue NE—and you'll find 57-year-old Clem Evans quietly painting. For Evans and the other 32 self-taught artists who come here two or three times a w...
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Bike advocates are applauding a new bicycling safety law for D.C. that is currently pending congressional approval. The new law will allow a bicyclist to cross at an intersection when the pedestrian walk signal flashes. It also allows bike riders to cross an intersection where a leading pedestrian interval is used — to allow them to start crossing before cars begin their tur...
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The 495 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia—14 miles of EZ Pass-only toll lanes where HOV-3 vehicles ride free—are still struggling to attract drivers nearly one year after opening. Traffic volume on the new highway is below expectations, accordin...
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As the first phase of the Silver Line Metro project nears completion, the agency building the $6 billion rail extension says construction will soon begin on Phase II to Dulles Airport. As a team of 200 engineers finishes plans for the second phase of the Silver Line — six more station stops including two in Loudoun County — preliminary construction work is underway, says...
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Arlington taxi drivers who emerged from a one-hour, closed-door meeting with the chairman of the county board on Wednesday called the session “useless” after expressing their complaints to chairman Walter Tejada about working conditions. More than 100 taxi drivers demanded the meeting last Friday when they entered the county government building and refused to leave after...
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Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said Congress must realize upgrading the nation's infrastructure will require raising hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue. He called on lawmakers to raise the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 to $.18 per gallon — at a forum on next generation transportation systems at the ...
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In transit-rich Arlington, parking spots in residential high-rises remain empty, even at times of “maximum capacity,” according to a new study by Arlington County Commuter Services’ Mobility Lab researchers, who will distribute their data to engineers who produce a n...
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Montgomery County lawmakers are considering plans for an 80-mile express bus network that is raising a divisive issue: how many car lanes should be turned into bus-only lanes? About 80 percent of the lanes in the proposed bus rapid transit—or BRT—network would be new lanes, adding capacity to the existing corridors. About 20 percent would be "repurposed." That's the tech...
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New technologies in the form of smartphone apps are changing personal transportation in Washington, especially among Millennials, who view their smartphones the way older generations looked at car keys. One startup has chosen D.C. as the place to launch the beta for its app. Steve Carroll with RideScout showed off the app...