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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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Homeowners and environmentalists are mobilizing to slow down the McDonnell administration's push to build a major north-south highway in Northern Virginia. That road, dubbed an "outer beltway" would connect Prince William and Loudoun Counties, brush the western fringe of Manassas Battlefield and arcing west of — and eventually connecting to — Dulles Airport. Martin Di Caro explain...
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The Silver Line is on time—as of now. That's the word from the head of the agency overseeing the construction of the $6 Billion Metro line to Dulles Airport. The opening of Phase I of the Silver Line is not delayed, says Jack Potter, the chief executive of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The Washington Post reported faulty testing of safety systems could dela...
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According to proponents of the roadway, one reason the proposed Bi-County Parkway in Northern Virginia should be built is to exploit Dulles Airport's potential as a major cargo hub. The estimated cost of building a major north-south highway west of Dulles Airport is $1 billion. The Virginia Department of Transportation is studying three options to connect that possible highw...
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Spurred by concerns that grassroots opponents are winning the debate, the superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park issued a clear reminder about the McDonnell administration’s controversial plan to build a major north-south highway in Northern Virginia: the National Park Service will never agree to cede battlefield property to the Bi-County Parkway project unless local o...
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The busiest bike lane in the District will be repaved this summer. As they ride, you can hear bicyclists bouncing along on the potholes and rim-bending bumps that dot the 15th Street cycle track, a popular two-way bike lane running from Pennsylvania Avenue to U Street NW. "I was coming on 15th between Rhode Island and Massachusetts and this whole series of bumps and f...
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The Virginia Department of Transportation is studying expanding Rt. 50 to six or eight lanes to improve access to the western side of Dulles International Airport, part of the agency’s controversial plan to expand highways to connect the proposed Bi-County Parkway to the airport for better movement of cargo freight and airline passengers. VDOT presented dozens of aerial ma...
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A federal agency is taking issue with the way the D.C. Taxicab Commission is dealing with taxi-hailing smart phone apps. The Federal Trade Commission says the proposed rules governing smartphone apps may stifle competition in D.C.'s growing vehicle-for-hire industry. In written comments submitted to the D.C...
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Across the District of Columbia transportation planners are trying to improve the flow of traffic while improving pedestrian safety, at times a tricky balancing act that involves finding new ways to use the same road space, with each neighborhood presenting its own unique challenges. In Washington’s Glover Park, the District Department of Transportation tinkered with Wisco...
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Ten taxicab operators are being sued in federal court by the agency that runs Dulles International Airport. The ten cab companies, some just individuals who own a single cab or other vehicles-for-hire, are not legally allowed to pick up passengers at Dulles Airport. Ten corresponding lawsuits filed by the Metropolitian Washington Airports Authority allege they are illegally ...
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The D.C. Taxicab Commission is considering adopting “burdensome” regulations that would “discourage new, innovative technology companies from operating in the District,” according to the D.C. Council member who authored legislation last year to allow app-based hailing services to operate in Washington. In a letter to the DCTC’s chairman, Council member Mary Cheh (D...
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The D.C. Taxicab Commission is deflecting criticism its regulations inhibit consumer-friendly innovations, even as tech companies again accuse District regulators of needlessly snarling their smart phone e-hail apps. In an interview with WAMU 88.5, Ron Linton, the taxicab commission chairman, said the rise of "digital dispatch services" has forced regulators to strike a comp...
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The controversy over plans for a major new highway in Northern Virginia has led Prince William County's board of supervisors to drop the project from its priorities list. The board removed the Bi-County Parkway from its transportation priorities list, specifically a 10-mile stretch of a multi-lane highway that would connect Rts. 66 and 50. County Board of Supervisors Chairman ...
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The full length of the 18-mile Intercounty Connector has been open only since November 2011, but three of its commuter bus lines are already on the chopping block. At a hearing yesterday, Maryland officials explained why 60 percent of bus service along the roadway should be cut. The light attendance at the hearing inside the Maryland Transit Administration's College Park off...
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In Virginia, the Department of Transportation again tried to answer the concerns of residents about a major north-south highway coming through a region where the problem is east-west traffic jams. Just about everyone in a packed auditorium yesterday stood in agreement: they don't want the road. "I would just like everyone who is opposed to this to please stand up," said one ...
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The Intercounty Connector was sold to the public as a highway to carry cars and buses between Montgomery and Prince George's counties. But fewer buses may soon be running along the roadway. The reason the Maryland Transit Administration wants to shut down bus routes 202, 203 and 205 is simple: lack of riders. For instance, the 203, which runs between Walter Reed Medical Cent...
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At a news conference in Manassas on Thursday, business leaders responded to what they view as a dishonest campaign by opponents of the "outer beltway," a new north-south corridor being backed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. "They are really designed to scare folks off from the many benefits this road will bring. There has been less than a fair and open conversation about the...
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A public hearing on Virginia's six-year, $15 billion program to fund road and rail projects turned into a marathon indictment of one project in particular, the so-called "outer beltway," that has pitted homeowners and state Republican lawmakers against a McDonnell administration seeking approval of the highway plan in its final year in office. Talk of the "north-south corridor...
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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...