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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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Before rain began soaking the Washington metropolitan area more than 15,000 people were expected to participate in local Bike to Work Day festivities, after last year’s record-setting 14,000 cyclists. Even though just a fraction of D.C. commuters get to work by bike on a daily basis, the number has swelled over the past decade. The U.S. Census says 3.1 percent of commuters...
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Groups opposed to the Purple Line light rail project in Montgomery County say it will damage a local stream that is a home to an endangered shrimp-like species. The Chevy Chase Town Council has voted to give $10,000 to the group Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail so it can pay an American University professor to study how construction of the light rail system will impact ...
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The estimated price tags and projected ridership for the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar plans in Arlington are increasing. Nearly 60,000 daily transit trips are projected along Columbia Pike and Route 1, and most of those — around 37,000 — will be on streetcars. The rest of the trips are expected to be aboard buses. Those figures come from the Arlington County ...
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A D.C. neighborhood is getting a new tool to slow down drivers after a project that took away a car lane on a very busy avenue was scrapped. The speed limit on Wisconsin Avenue NW in Glover Park is 25 miles an hour. You don't need a radar gun to know some drivers speed. You d...
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Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx says he will continue to push the Obama administration's plan to fund roads and commuter rail despite what may be long odds in a divided Congress. Secretary Foxx spoke at a forum in downtown Washington not long ...
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An airline is announcing it will begin non-stop service to 14 new destinations from Dulles International Airport. Frontier Airlines is coming to Dulles and is kicking off its new, non-stop service with a promotion. It's offering $15 fares for a limited time: the sale will last just 12 hours. You might have tr...
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Representatives of tech companies whose smartphone apps provide “ridesharing” services in Washington tried to convince D.C. lawmakers they do not need to be strictly regulated, especially in the area of liability insurance, during a six-hour hearing on Monday. Lobbyists, lawyers, and managers of Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar testified before the D.C. Council’s transportation...
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The international toll road developer that built the 495 Express Lanes — 14 miles of EZ Pass-only toll/HOV-3 lanes between the I-95/I-395 interchange and Dulles Toll Road — says it will remain “committed as a partner” with the state of Virginia, although the for-profit highway project has ...
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A major commuter route in Northwest D.C. is expected to re-open this morning after six months of repairs. The Kalmia Road Bridge is scheduled to re-open after the morning rush hour. The 70-year-old culvert under the bridge got so badly eroded the crossing had to be shut down last October. The repair work cost $2 million. The Kalmia Road Bridge connects East Beach ...
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Virginia's top transportation official says the commonwealth will proceed cautiously when it comes to tolling more highways. Federal law allows states to toll portions of interstate highways only if new lanes are added. An Obama administration plan would allow states to toll existing lane capacity under certain circumstances, but Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layn...
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In Virginia, drivers are being asked to keep their hands on the wheel and off their phones this summer. For nearly 30 miles between Fairfax and Stafford Counties, the 95 Express Lanes are under construction—and will be until early next year. So today at a news conference along the construction zone, officials launched the "...
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Montgomery County may be inching closer to determining when the delayed and over-budget Silver Spring Transit Center can open. In the first hearing since an independent report determined chunks of concrete could fall from the troubled transit hub, county council ...
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DDOT issued a draft report on fixes for Arkansas Ave. NW, but it's unclear when a final...
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Key transportation projects that rely on federal funding could soon see that money dry up. That's the warning U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx sent Wednesday. In a letter to every state department of transportation, Secretary Foxx says the fund for roads, bridges and transit systems will face a shortfall by the end of summer, probably in August, unless Congress ...
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Starting last June, the D.C. Taxicab Commission began collecting a 25 cent surcharge on every ride so long as the cab successfully installed a modern meter and payment system that included a credit card reader for passengers. As WAMU 88.5 detailed, the rollo...
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The number of speed-camera violations and ticket revenue are dropping in D.C. It's a sign that drivers are slowing down—at least some of the time. Washington speed cams caught 125,000 fewer speeders in fiscal year 2013 compared to the year prior—resulting in a drop of $3 million in ticket revenue. Still, the D.C. treasury hauled in $75 million dollars from speeding drive...
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Maryland is now the sixth state to issue a warning about popular ridesharing services that connect drivers to passengers through smartphone apps. When you order a ride through Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar, a cab will pick you up, but these cabs are actually the drivers' own personal cars. The tech companies call them ridesharing services; regulators call them private sedans for hi...
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Rates on the Dulles Toll Road are expected to stay the same through 2018 after increasing each of the last five years. Those tolls are paying for about half the total cost of the Silver Line Metrorail project. Now, thanks to a nearly $2 billion, low-interest federal loan from a program created to help finance major transportation projects, the tolls won't have to be raised a...
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A public hearing on proposed regulations for smartphone app-based vehicle-for-hire services underscored larger issues facing District regulators as technology and market forces continue to revolutionize personal transportation in Washington. Consumers have more options than ever at their fingertips, but those options are forcing regulators to consider if new rules are necessa...
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Smartphone apps that let you order a ride from someone using their own private vehicle—commonly called ridesharing—are popular in D.C. these days, but there is a question of whether you'd be covered in the event of a crash. That question was the focus of a public hearing today. Here's a scenario D.C. regulators want to be prepared for: You order a ride from Ube...