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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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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...
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Washington taxi drivers have until tomorrow to show the D.C. Taxicab Commission they have scheduled the installation of a credit card payment machine in their vehicles in order to receive a 30-day extension to the District’s deadline for cashless payment acceptance. If they do not request 30 more days, taxi drivers are required to accept credit card and smartphone payments by the en...
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When it comes to the state of Washington’s taxicab industry, the people have spoken—and they have not been pleased. Polls have shown deep dissatisfaction with D.C.’s 6,500 cabs and widespread support for reforms including the acceptance of credit card payments, which is supposed to occur this summer. In the meantime, the tech start-up Uber...
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The District is revamping and expanding its visitor parking pass program, allowing residents of more neighborhoods to get a free pass. Any household in an area where residential parking restrictions are in effect may request a free visitor parking pass starting on October 1. DDOT spokesma...
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Virginia's next governor may be in a position to decide whether a controversial highway project in Northern Virginia ever gets built. That explains why there was so much interest in what Democrat Terry McAuliffe and his Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli had to say at a candidates forum held today in Manassas. When pressed by moderator Derek McGinty, the Democratic candidate for ...
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If you are tired of getting stuck in traffic on the Beltway—and, really, who isn't?—there is an app for that! The app is called "I'm Stuck"—and it's designed to let you send pre-written email to your Congressmen and Senators asking them to spend money to fund infrastructure projects. The app is the product of Building America's Future, a group that advocates federal sp...
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As the deadline to apply for a 30-day extension looms, some Washington taxi drivers are petitioning the D.C. Taxicab Commission for more time to arrange the installation of credit card readers in their vehicles. All District taxicabs are required to begin accepting credit card payments by the end of the month. However, if a taxi owner and a payment service provider (PSP) pro...
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Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton faced a no-win situation. Invited to speak before the Prince William County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday afternoon about the state’s plans to build a major north-south highway in Northern Virginia, the secretary knew he would change no minds in a room packed with an overflow group of about 200 opponents of the Bi-Cou...
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Maryland will pursue a private firm to design, construct, finance, operate, and maintain the $2.2 billion Purple Line light rail system planned for D.C.’s northern suburbs, Governor Martin O’Malley and top transportation officials announced at a news c...
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Do you feel D.C. is a safe place for pedestrians? Washington D.C. is among 22 cities eligible for federal funds to improve pedestrian safety, as the number of pedestri...
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The battle over a highway the Virginia Department of Transportation would like to build in Northern Virginia revolves around a question that, depending on whom you ask, produces a variety of answers. In an effort to clear up what it views as public confusion about its plans, VDOT officials are preparing to meet with local governing bodies in Prince William and Loudoun Counties to show...
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New U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx says he is prepared to address Congress to make sure Metro continues to receive funding for repair and maintenance. Metro is three years into a 10-year, $3 billion aid package to repair and rebuild a rail system suffering from decades of decay, legislation that would have to be re-authorized in 2020. During an hour-long ques...
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You will be able to pay a taxi fare with a credit card in Washington—eventually. Citing the slow pace of installations, the D.C. Taxicab Commission delayed the deadline again for all cabs to accept credit card payments by one month to September 30, as long as taxi owners and their chosen credit card payment service companies provide a legitimate reason—such as a logistic...