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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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How far would you drive for cheaper gas? Come July commuters in Maryland may not have to drive very far at all, just a few miles over the border to Virginia. As both states prepare to enact new gasoline tax policies, service stations in Maryland say a growing gap between pump prices will jeopardize their survival in an industry where profit margins are tight already. S...
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Starting tonight, commuters in Virginia's can weigh in on plans to make rush hour driving less aggravating. The Virginia Department of Transportation is deciding how much money to spend on the most pressing highway, road and bridge projects. The first of four public hearings on VDOT's six-year improvement program takes place tonight. The 66/28 interchange in Fairfax Co...
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The first three-day weekend of the summer season is upon us but travelers will not get a break from gas prices. "I really don't pay attention to be honest. It's high.  $3.50, that's not too bad I guess," said one motorist. It's hard to blame anyone if they're numb at this point. The average price for a gallon of regular is up...
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President Obama's nominee to head the Department of Transportation, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, said he would prioritize safety, efficiency, and building multi-modal infrastructure in testimony before a Senate committee on Wednesday. As mayor of the nation's 17th largest city, Foxx supported the opening of Charlotte's Lynx light rail system that cost $462 million in public...
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Opponents of the McDonnell administration's plan to build a major north-south highway in Northern Virginia scored a temporary win on Tuesday when they convinced the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to defer a decision to submit its transportation projects wish list to state funding officials. A segment of the "north-south corridor of statewide significance," the 234 ...
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A small town in Prince George's County has yet to respond to a request to take down two speed cameras that were installed without proper authorization. Sam Gaillard is angry. "Yes, I want my money! We don't have money to give away. Yes, I would like to get my money back," he says. The 58-year-old CPA was caught speeding by on...
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CYCLING STATS Miles of bike lanes, 2005: 17 In 2013: 56 Percent of D.C. biking to work, 2000: 1.4 In 2011: 3.5. Bike to Work Day Registrations, 2005: 5,000 In 2013: 14,000 Bike lanes in Washington, D.C. vary from the simple—narr...
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The D.C. Taxicab Commission has a message for drivers using the new ridesharing mobile app SideCar: they are breaking the law. The commission that regulates all vehicle-for-hire services in the District of Columbia once again finds itself at odds with a tech start-up.  After battling the sedan service Uber in 2012 before creating a sedan ...
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Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf is adding his voice to Republicans questioning the McDonnell's administration's plan to construct a major north-south highway in Northern Virginia, a bi-county parkway running west of Dulles International Airport and Manassas Battlefield that critics call an "outer beltway." Two weeks after a group of six conservative Republican state lawmakers ...
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The Commonwealth of Virginia is kicking off a distracted driving awareness campaign  called "Orange Cones, No Phones" today. The goal of the campaign is to get people to put down their cell phones during construction on the 95 Express Lanes this summer. More than half of I-95 drivers — 56 percent in all — reported using their phone behind the wheel, according to a sur...
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Virginia transportation officials are pressing ahead with plans for a major north-south highway connecting I-95 in Prince William to Rt. 7 in Loudoun County, even as VDOT figures show the far greater demand for lane capacity lies on east-west routes, with the exception of Rt. 28 where it intersects I-66. The Virginia Department of Transportation has released its traffic study ...
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If you spend any amount of time behind the wheel of a car, the results of a new study may not surprise you: nearly half of high school students admit to texting while driving. Despite all the warnings about how dangerous it is and all the efforts to convince teenagers to keep two hands on the wheel and drive, 44 percent of high schoolers 16 and older reported texting while dri...
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D.C.'s food truck scene is thriving, but some restaurant owners say the food truck's prosperity is coming at their expense. They say food trucks use public space essentially free and their long lines often crowd sidewalks. So D.C. regulators are proposing rules to limit food truck operating hours and create a lottery to dole out the most coveted parking spots in what will b...
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D.C. Circulator fares have been $1 since the bus service began eight years ago, but that could change next year. Under a budget proposal by Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), cash fares could double to $2 a ride, while SmarTrip rides would jump to $1.50. The increased revenue would pay for Cheh's plan to expand the Circulator buses to Glover Park, the National Cathedral, and...
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When the first part of the Silver Line Metrorail extension is scheduled to open at the end of the year, there will be five station stops in Fairfax County, but no parking. Plans are already in place to get commuters to those stations on buses. If you have to drive to the train station to commute to work, it may defeat the purpose of spending billions of dollars on a public tra...
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A survey of Metro employees finds that 85 percent feel free to to report a safety violation or concern — a key statistic as Metro works to improve their reporting system in the wake of the 2009 crash on the Red Line. The same survey, which will be presented to the Metro board tomorrow, found that while 53 percent of workers witnessed a "safety violation or concern" in the pa...
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On topographical maps stretching across a conference room the Purple Line weaved its way for 16 miles past neighborhoods and through business districts, with 21 stations between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George's County. The bird's eye view offered a vision of progress—modern transit ...
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Construction of a westbound bicycle track connecting Georgetown with downtown D.C. could begin in August, DDOT planners said Monday during a walking tour of the proposed M Street cycle track. A group of bicycling advocates, DDOT officials and D.C. Council members walked the 1.4 miles from Thomas Circle NW to 28th Street NW in Georgetown, the planned route of the final piece of...
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Undocumented immigrants living in the District would be allowed to obtain driver's licenses, under a proposal from Mayor Vincent Gray. In a briefing room packed with dozens of immigrant advocacy groups, the mayor said the licenses are about public safety. "We got people, some of whom probably are having to drive and doing it without the proper authorization," says ...
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Metro is obligated to operate the structurally flawed Silver Spring Transit Center when the facility is finally repaired and open for business, Montgomery County officials said during a hearing on Wednesday. In response to the transit authority's move to inform the county it will not accept the three-level bus and train hub "even if repaired to permit regular service" because ...