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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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A changing transportation landscape demands a new way of doing things in D.C. government, according District Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3). In Washington, where 40 percent of households are car-free and transportation options are multiplying, driven by technological innovation placing commuting choices on the screen on your smartphone, Cheh is proposing a major overhau...
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Metro’s leadership is defending the transit authority’s ongoing reforms of its financial management system after a draft audit by the Federal Transit Administration found Metro mismanaged millions in federal grants. The 50-page draft report focused on the pe...
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Update: On Monday afternoon the offices of D.C. councilmembers Mary Cheh and David Grosso announced they have introduced legislation to deregulate fares when they are ordered through mobile dispatch services. The legislation was drafted independent of the D.C. Taxicab Commission's proposal. The...
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Do UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar offer ridesharing services or for-profit private sedans? D.C. regulators say the smartphone-based car services are essentially meterless taxis, and they are preparing to unveil a slew of regulatory proposals designed to close liability insurance gaps and limit their drivers’ hours on the road. New regulations to focus on insurance, hou...
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The expected transformation over the next three decades of Tysons Corner — “America’s Next Great City” — is viewed as a potential model for turning suburbs into cities. The transformation will change an area of large surface parking lots and wide roads into a city-grid street network of bike lanes, bus lanes, and pedestrian plazas surrounded by 20-story high rises and mixed-...
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Metro's bus and rail fares and parking fees are going up, effective July 1. The average rail fare is going up a dime. Bus fares are going up to $1.75 using SmarTrip. Cash fares are dropping from $1.80 to $1.75. Parking is going up 10 cents in every Metro garage, but 60 cents in Prince George's County. And average MetroAccess fares are increasing, but will be capped at $6.50 ...
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Metro’s finance committee is expected today to finalize its budget proposal that includes a modest fare and parking increase designed to generate an additional $28 million in revenue for the transit authority’s $1.7 billion operating budget — a 6 percent budget increase — in the new fiscal year starting July 1. The expected arrival of the Silver Line, which will require more w...
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Businesses are benefitting from the presence of nearby Capital Bikeshare stations in Washington, according to a survey conducted by a planning expert. When researchers try to measure whether bike share docks bring more customers into a neighborhood, they have to figure out whether those people would have walked, driven, or taken transit there anyway. That is the question pro...
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Phase I of the Silver Line Metrorail project through Tysons Corner is running six months (and counting) behind schedule. Northern Virginia commuters and Tysons real estate developers have reason to ask how these delays came about, especially when considering the following: the lead contractor i...
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The Purple Line Corridor Coalition met for the first time Friday on the presumption the 16-mile light rail project will be built, and it's looking like it will be. This week, the federal government issued its final environmental approval—an important milestone. Now the Maryland Transit Administration can begin condemning private properties currently standing in the Purple ...
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If the Silver Line to Dulles does not reach substantial completion by April 9th, 2014, lead contractor Bechtel can be fined $25,000 per day. The public has been awaiting the Silver Line for a while now; it was last announced the line would open in January. Martin Di Caro explains why we’re seeing yet another hold-up. Music: "A to B" by The Futureheads from The Fut...
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In their most revealing remarks to date about the problems delaying the completion of the Silver Line Metrorail project through Tyson's Corner, officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) detailed time-consuming mistakes made by the contracting team led by the construction and engineering firm Bechtel, known as Dulles Transit Partners (DTP). From speak...
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As Metro works to sell the public on the necessity of spending billions to expand its rail system in the coming decades, the transit authority is also trying to get the most out of its existing capacity, especially on the eastern side of the system, a project whose price tag is in the millions, not billions. That is because building sidewalks is a lot cheaper than building underground...
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More than three weeks after the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) rejected its lead contractor’s submission of “substantial completion” for Phase I of the Silver Line Metrorail project through Tysons Corner to Reston, officials on both sides of the dispute over th...
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Despite “crumbling” road conditions across the country, states’ departments of transportation continue to spend significantly more money on road expansions compared to maintenance, exacerbating the problem by bloating future maintenance bills once the new roads eventually need repair, according to a...
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The District Department of Transportation is preparing to end a traffic-calming project on one of D.C.’s busiest avenues a little more than a year after implementing the changes that quickly provoked a driver backlash. After years of study, DDOT turned Wisconsin Avenue NW in Glover Park from a six-lane road to four lanes with a center turning lane, part of a ...
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Fare hikes are on the way for those riding the Metrobus, Metrorail and using MetroAccess in July. And while the increase in fares is expected to take effect in July, what Metro board chairman Tom Downs can't guarantee right now is just how much they're going to go up. "We don't know. We have to pay for the whole system and part of the problem with increasing rail f...
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The Kalmia Road Bridge — a busy road that's used to cut across Rock Creek Park in Northwest D.C. — is closer to reopening to traffic. When the District Department of Transportation closed the part of Kalmia Road connecting East Beach Drive with West Beach Drive back in October, the ...
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If you stand at a bus stop on 16th Street NW south of the U Street intersection after 8 a.m. on a typical weekday, there’s a good chance the next S line bus heading downtown will not stop to pick you up. It’s nothing personal. The driver simply cannot fit any more passengers on board. ...
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The effort to rebuild Metro’s Red Line is showing progress but years remain of work to clear a backlog a deferred maintenance, a top transit authority official told a group of transit advocates in Silver Spring on Tuesday. Rob Troup, Metro’s deputy general manager for operations, addressed a gathering of the Action Committee for Transit, an advocacy group that supports p...