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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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The completion of the Silver Line has been delayed again. The agency building the Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner says additional tests are needed on Phase 1 of the Silver Line. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says it is working on software updates related to safety technology that will take several weeks to complete. Phase I to Reston ha...
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The deadly derailment of a Metro-North commuter train in New York Sunday may be adding a sense of urgency to the efforts of freight and passengers railroads to adopt technology that could prevent such incidents, especially after a federal investigator revealed the Metro-North train was hurtling at 82 m.p.h. as it entered a 30 m.p.h. curve. It was unclear on Monday why the train was go...
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Metro raises fares every other year, and next year it's due for an increase. On Thursday the Metro board will take up a proposed three percent hike for rail fares. It would raise the cost of the average train ride to $3.00. All bus fares will would be $1.75. Right now they are $1.60 with SmarTrip, $1.80 cash. This news comes at a time when Metro says its service is ge...
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The bumpy roll out of credit card acceptance in Washington cabs may hit another pot hole. The D.C. Taxicab Commission is threatening to suspend two companies of the seven approved to process credit card payments in cabs. The French firm Gleike is in trouble for allegedly failing to pay drivers. The company VIP Cab could be suspended for technical problems with its paymen...
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Big crowds and lousy weather await Thanksgiving travelers at the region's airports.As milky, gray skies dumped drizzle on the runways, travelers stayed dry and warm inside Terminal B, hoping the weather would not wreak havoc on their Thanksgiving plans. Airport manager Paul Malandrino expects more than 30,000 people to pass through the gates on Wednesday, the busiest day o...
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As Washington becomes the first city in the U.S. to deploy cameras to catch drivers who run stop signs and crosswalks, block the box, and drive oversized or overweight commercial vehicles in residential neighborhoods, safety researchers are launching a study to measure the new cameras effectiveness. ...
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As the next major modernization deadline nears, D.C. taxi drivers still are grappling with an array of changes that have included the bumpy start to universal credit card acceptance. By Dec. 1 all Washington cabs must have a back-seat console that accepts credit card swipes; many cab...
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After several delays the M Street cycle track project is ready to go, as long as the weather cooperates. The District Department of Transportation says it will begin construction of the 1.4-mile protected bike lane from Thomas Circle NW to 28th Street NW on Monday unless the pavement temperature drops below 40 degrees, the minimum temperature for striping to stick to asphalt...
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D.C.'s cabbies are raising their voices, with the help of the Teamsters Union, to push back against new regulations imposed by the D.C. Taxicab Commission. Metro's GM offers a rare apology for a terrible week on the Red Line: when might riders expect more reliable service? And DDOT finishes a bike lane — finally. Martin Di Caro brings us the latest wisdom from the world of transpor...
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Starting every morning at 7 o’clock two lanes are expanded to three on 16th Street NW heading south to downtown D.C., and the slow crawl begins shortly afterward. In one of the most congested north-south commuting corridors in Washington, buses and cars squeeze through Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights, past Meridian Hill Park, and into the lettered streets east of Dupo...
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The Silver Spring Transit Center, years behind schedule and about $15 million over budget, finally may be ready to open to the public next year after additional repair work, Montgomery County officials announced on Tuesday. “The crack sealing and repair is underway right now,” said David Dise, the top county official overseeing the completion of the transit hub plagued b...
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The Montgomery County Council has laid the groundwork for an 80-mile bus rapid transit system prioritizing the Rt. 29 and Rt. 355 corridors. How much it will cost, how long it will take to build, how many highway lanes will be dedicated to only buses —...
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With the weather turning colder, it's the deadliest time of the year for deer and a very dangerous time for drivers: rutting season. Three people in Maryland and Virginia have already been killed in collisions with deer this year. Since 2010, nine motorcyclists and three car drivers have been killed in deer collisions in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Thousands of deer strikes...
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Nearly one year after backing lane changes to one of the busiest north-south avenues in the District, an Advisory Neighborhood Commission says it will ask the D.C. Council to return Wisconsin Avenue NW in Glover Park to six lanes, succumbing to criticism that the new lane configuration created traffic bottlenecks. In a move designed to slow down speeding cars for the sake of...
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Metro General Manager Richard Sarles is apologizing to Red Line riders for the delays this week which are bad, even by the standards of the oft-beleaguered Metro line. "They suffered extraordinary delays, and for that I apologize," Sarles says. On Thursday morning, a train headed to Glenmont had brake trouble between the Fort Totten and Brookland stations. Other trains...
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Two months after starting to lay asphalt, the District Department of Transportation is just about done resurfacing the busiest bike lane in D.C. From K to Swann Street Northwest, the 15th Street bike lane looks brand new. Fresh asphalt smooths out and covers up old potholes and bumps. Bright yellow and white painted stripes clearly mark where bikes should be, and green hashe...
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Alexandra Police continue to investigate the murder of a prominent transportation official. Ron Kirby, a top planner at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, was found shot to death inside his home Monday afternoon by a relative. The news shocked friends and colleagues who had worked with Kirby over his 27 years at the Council of Governments. While there, the n...
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Whether tolls should be raised again on the Dulles Greenway will be argued before the State Corporation Commission today. State Del. David Ramadan is challenging a request to raise the tolls again, this time to $4.90 one-way. His cause is boosted by a petition signed by thousands of residents who say they avoid the Greenway because the tolls are too high. The Loudoun...
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Ron Kirby, a longtime transportation planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, was found shot dead in his Alexandria home on Monday. Ron Kirby was shot several times; a relative found his body inside his home early yesterday afternoon. Alexandria police have not made any arrests and are remaining mum on potential suspects. Kirby was the he...