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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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Work on the busiest bike lane in the District is underway. The District Department of Transportation has started to prepare the 15th Street bike lane for resurfacing from K all the way north to Swann Street. "It shows that the city is committed to this idea of protected bike lanes. They see value for all residents, and they are going to put resources into maintaining them. I...
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Metro is losing riders and revenue for the transit agency is falling short of projections, according to a performance review released today (pdf). Due in part to a large drop in weekend use — when track work leads to long waits — Metro rail ri...
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An unusual start time for Monday night's Washington Redskins season opener could create a traffic nightmare during the rush hour commute. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:10 Monday night — at least an hour earlier than most Monday Night Football games and right in the hear...
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The construction of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's counties could displace more than 100 homes and businesses, and many who may be affected are upset. In the pages of a newly released environmental impact study, there are details of how the Purple Line could condemn the entire Spring Center strip mall on 16th Street in Silver Spring. One business there is ...
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Loudoun County is moving to join the case against the operators of the Dulles Greenway and its expensive tolls. With tolls exceeding five dollars whether you drive three or thirteen miles, State Delegate David Ramadan initiated a complaint against the owners of the Dulles Greenway last year. The owners are TRIP II and Macquarie Atlas Roads, and their critics contend they're ...
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AAA Mid-Atlantic says that the number of people taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home is anticipated to increase about 2 percent this year. That's nearly 950,000 Virginians traveling during the Thursday through Monday holiday weekend. This year's numbers are a more than 9 percent increase since the end of the recession in 2009. The majority of Virginians are expect...
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In his regular look at local transportation issues, Martin Di Caro explains why the tech startup Uber is once again battling D.C. regulators. We'll also find out why D.C.'s own taxicab fleet struggles to adopt credit card payments, and hear about a historic Washington church that's mired in controversy over a DDOT bike lane project. [Music: "A to B" by The Futurehea...
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Fairfax County transportation officials say they are confident the necessary funds will be secured to pay for three facilities—two parking garages and a rail station—that are part of Phase II of the Silver Line Metrorail project to Dulles International Airport, sparing county taxpayers an additional burden as the $6 billion commuter rail extension is constructed. As part...
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One week after D.C. regulators effectively banned the new sedan-for-hire service UberX from operating in Washington, a District council member who has refereed the many disputes between the D.C. Taxicab Commission and the tech startup Uber said she would intervene again. In an ...
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In the District, school students may now ride Metro buses or the D.C. Circulator to school for free. As she stood outside Brightwood Elementary School, Ward 4 Council member and mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser said she pushed to subsidize bus rides so all students could ride at no cost to them. The District does not have its own free school bus system, except for special nee...
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In Virginia, a major transportation project goes nowhere unless it receives the support of the Commonwealth Transportation Board. This influential, 17-member panel holds its monthly public meetings in Richmond and is responsible for picking the winners from the state’s long wish list of road improvements. Despite its importance, ...
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Metro riders have been dealing with weekend track work and related service delays for years. Now the transit authority is considering shutting down an entire section of the Red Line for long-term repairs. Structural and maintenance problems at the Friendship Heights and Medical Center stations may force Metro to close that stretch of the Red Line for up to six weeks, replacing...
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Roads and bridges need to be fixed, sometimes entirely replaced. Traffic has to be managed. And commuters have to be kept satisfied. In a city whose population has eclipsed 600,000 and is growing—as transportation demand places ever more pressure on aging infrastructure—engineers at the District Department of Transportation face tough choices that often leave some commuters please...
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A coalition of homeowners groups representing 75,000 residents in Alexandria and Fairfax County is giving up its fight to delay the construction of a highway ramp, the planned northern terminus of the 95 Express Lanes project that is scheduled for completion in December 2014....
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Two weeks after launching a new taxi service in Washington, the popular tech start-up Uber says regulators are shutting it down already. UberX was designed to compete with D.C.'s regulated taxicab industry. Its drivers pick up passengers in midsize hybrid vehicles and charge fa...
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To the Gray administration, the District Department of Transportation and a historic African-American church, changes to the proposed design of the M Street cycle track represent a win-win compromise. To cycling advocates and bike commuters, the move to turn a protected cycle track into a regular bike lane for less than one block is a blow to public safety. As WAMU 88.5 ...
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Metro Transit Police are asking passengers to be aware of their surroundings on both buses and trains. The warning comes after a report that thefts are on the rise. Jen Cramer is an easy target. Her eyes transfixed on her smartphone, sitting next to the doors on a Red Line train. When told about the rash of thefts of mobile devices, she said she might be more aware of her surr...
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The District Department of Transportation once thought it would be about half way through the long-awaited resurfacing of the busiest— and possibly bumpiest—cycle track in Washington by now. But to the chagrin of bike commuters, the protected 15th Street two-way bike lane remains in a sorry condition. DDOT planners say the repaving project is now scheduled to begin the f...
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The M Street cycle track is supposed to be a protected bike facility running westbound 1.4 miles from Thomas Circle NW to 28th Street NW in Georgetown. The District Department of Transportation is planning to begin installation in October—three months behind schedule—with a likely change to the design bound to upset cycling advocates and bicycling commuters. The Metropol...
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The District Department of Transportation says two highly-anticipated cycle track projects are coming, just not right away. The District is planning the intersection of two major cycle tracks at 15th and M Streets Northwest. It's just taking a lot longer than first planned. Construction of the M Street cycle track will begin in October, says DDOT planner Jim Sebastian, three m...