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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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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors wants to hear from the public tonight about a controversial highway plan. So many residents have spoken out against the Virginia Department of Transportation's plan to build express lanes in the median of Rt. 50 west of Dulles Airport that the Loudoun Coun...
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Funding is being slashed for a future D.C. streetcar system that would stretch from Benning Road west to Georgetown and from Anacostia north to Takoma. The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave initial approval to a budget that scales back Mayor Vincent Gray's ambitious plan to spend close to $900 million dollars over the next six years on streetcars. Instead, Council Chair Phil Me...
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This post has been updated D.C.'s planned streetcar system might have less money than expected for future construction, prompting warnings from Mayor Vincent Gray that lines could be delayed and cost more than expected. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced yesterday that he was proposing cutting the capital funds set aside by Gray for streetcars ...
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D.C. Council member and Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser is asking the District Department of Transportation to move quickly on studying the installation of a rush hour bus lane on 16th Street Northwest from Columbia Heights to downtown D.C. Bus lane supporters, including D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, have renewed calls in recent weeks for DDOT to complete its studi...
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Metro has taken control of the $2.9 billion Silver Line rail project, the transit authority announced Tuesday morning. After months of delays caused by numerous construction and technical ...
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Crime is dropping on Metro, according to new numbers. Maybe because of alert riders like Michelle Massie, Metro is reporting a big drop in thefts of electronic devices. On the Red Line recently, Massie looked like an easy target if someone wanted to grab her...
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The S line carries commuters from Silver Spring downtown. Despite renewed calls to ...
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The Return Of Streetcars To D.C. Monday: It Might Be Desired, But In D.C. It's A Streetcar Named... Delay Tuesday: ...
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The Silver Line Metrorail project may be inching closer to completion, but the question of who is going to pay for the delays remains unanswered. In public, project leaders at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority refuse to point fingers, either at Metro, which is preparing to take over the Silver Line, or the contractor, Bechtel, which has been fixing the problems ...
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Metro is going to do away with the paper fare cards few riders use anymore. The folks most likely to gripe about the end of paper fare cards—are the fewer than 10 percent of all Metrorail riders who still use them, like tourists and out-of-towners. "It's very annoying. I am from New York and I come here for business and I have one of these and I always leave it b...
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The streets of Washington, D.C., are relatively safe for pedestrians, according to a report released on Tuesday by the advocacy group Smart Growth America, but residents say the District should enact an aggressive policy to change dangerous road and intersection designs tow...
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After a lousy winter, the unofficial start of the summer season is just about upon us. AAA says the highest number of local travelers in a decade will either drive or fly to their Memorial Day destinations. Close to 1 million D.C.-area residents are planning trips of at least 50 miles for the holiday weekend. In short, that means the roads in the District, Virginia and Maryl...
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Tysons Corner developers are welcoming the news that the Silver Line finally may reach their properties this summer, no one is popping open champagne just yet. ...
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The question of when the Silver Line to Tysons Corner will open is getting closer to an answer. Metro plans to take over the rail project from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority May 27 — triggering a final safety testing period that can last up to 90 days. Metro General Manager Richard Sarles announced the target date in a conference call with reporters. ...
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Metro General Manager Richard Sarles intends to announce the Silver Line will be ready for the next step in the process toward opening it to passengers, during a conference call scheduled on Monday morning, according to sources close to the project. Sarles is expected to say the Silver Line will be "operationally ready" on May 27. That means—barring any further setbacks—...
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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...