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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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As the leadership of the D.C. region's transit authority debates whether its next general manager should be a financial turnaround expert, as officials in D.C. and Maryland are insisting, or a transit specialist, as Virginia and labor union officials prefer, the outcome ultim...
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Metro’s regional jurisdictions would save $800 million this decade under a modified railcar expansion plan now under consideration, transit authority officials said on Thursday. While Metro’s long-term goal remains running 100 percent 8-car trains during rush hours — compared to the 35 percent average across all six lines today — the scaled-back proposal would save t...
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Red Line trains will begin accelerating and braking under computer control for the first time since the fatal Red Line crash that killed nine people at Fort Totten on June 22, 2009, the transit authority announced on Thursday. The return of Automatic Train Operation (ATO) will happen on Monday, April 13, for 8-car Red Line trains only. Six-car Red Line trains will be the nex...
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Faced with declining rail ridership and demands for fiscal restraint from elected officials in Maryland and D.C., Metro is developing a proposal to scale back plans to run all 8-car trains during rush hours, a key piece of the transit authority’s Momentum expansion program approved in June 2013. The proposal being developed by Metro staffers would designate an additional 2...
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The first streetcar purchased by the District — from Czech Republic-based Inekon — arrived in 2009. It and the rest of the fleet of six vehicles now rest inside a temporary car barn on Benning Road Northeast, undergoing repairs. The tracks along the 2.2-mile line were laid in 2008. Work crews are out on the line fixing sections of rail after two minor breaks last year an...
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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating another smoke incident that affected service on Metrorail on a weekday in February, one month after heavy smoke filled the Yellow Line tunnel at L'Enfant Plaza station, enveloping a train and killing Carol Glover of Alexandria and injuring 80 other passengers. In a statement released on Monday, the NTSB said at 1:39 p...
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The Bi-County Parkway is not dead, but some locally elected leaders are ready to take another step in a new effort to erase the proposed road from the planning maps. Tuesday the Prince William County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a study to determine whether the parkway should be removed from t...
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In eight days Metro rail passengers on the Blue Line will ride into the 21st century as the transit authority introduces its first modern railcars into revenue service. The 7000-series cars, manufactured by Kawasaki in Lincoln, Nebraska, represent a technological break from the six series of rolling stock in Metro’s fleet, including the initial 300 cars of the 1000-series that have ...
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Five years and two mayors later, a vision of 37 miles of streetcar tracks presented in a 2010 Fenty administration study has been shattered by fiscal and political realities, surviving in significantly smaller form in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s first budget proposal unveiled on Thursday. And by the time the scaled-back plans for 8 miles of streetcar tracks are realized, possib...
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A brief letter to a state legislator is reviving the debate over whether Virginia should build a 10-mile, four-lane highway connecting Prince William and Loudoun counties west of Dulles Airport, forcing state transportation officials to publicly state they have not dropped plans for the ...
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A major obstacle has been placed before the construction of a long-planned and controversial highway project in Northern Virginia, a group of state and local legislators representing Northern Virginia will announce Wednesday at a news conference. The Virginia Department of Transportation will not pursue ...
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Updated 8:45 a.m., April 1 Uber is tweaking its ride-hailing app to help its drivers pick up passengers at Reagan National and Dulles International airports as the company works on an agreement to allow drivers to stay on airport property to wait for rides — a privilege reserved to individual cab drivers and taxi companies that pay large fees for permits to curb a...
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As Washington’s population of car-free and car-light households grows, new residents will want reliable options to get around the city as transportation officials seek alternatives to gridlock. A network of streetcar lines crisscrossing all eight wards? Additional Metro subway tunnels in downtown D.C? Those are unfunded dreams at the moment. Yes, bicycling is bec...
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The Metro system intends to award a contract this year to install digital radio technology to improve the reliability of emergency responders’ radios underground. The work is expected to take multiple years and will require weekend single-tracking and station shutdowns so crews will have ample time and space on the tracks. At Metro’s monthly board of directors meeting on...
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Metro is releasing a safety video designed to prepare rail riders for potentially life-threatening situations, a move spurred by the fatal smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza station that claimed the life of Alexandria resident Carol Glover and injured more than 80 passengers. The one-mi...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s appointee to represent the District on Metro’s board of directors is reaching out to the transit authority’s largest labor union in a bid to answer questions about his business background amid accusations of anti-labor bias. ...
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After years of anticipation and months of safety testing, Metro finally is ready to roll out its new railcars — and begin the long process of replacing old railcars that cause so many daily breakdowns. Metro’s oldest railcars — the 1000-series, which was tied to the deadly Red Line crash in 2009 — date to the 1970s. They’re among the most unreliable in Metro’s f...
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“We are afraid.” Cynthia Gary, a Metro employee for 29 years, choked on the words as she testified at a public hearing on safety organized by her union in the basement of a historic church in downtown D.C. “I will say it again. We are afraid.” Gary is a manager at the Congress Heights rail station. With Metro’s interim general manager seated jus...
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How to Report a Pothole Residents and Commuters can notify DDOT in a variety of ways: Call the Mayor's Call Center at 311, Use the On-line Service Request Center at 311.dc.gov, Tweet to twitter.com/DDOTDC...
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The District Department of Transportation is launching its most comprehensive study to date to determine if a dedicated bus lane is necessary to speed public transit along 16th Street Northwest, one of the most congested commuter routes in the city. Metro’s S line buses carry more than 21,000 passengers daily to and from downtown D.C. Although more than 200,000 riders hop ...