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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 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...
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As supporters of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties applaud the U.S. Department of Transportation’s move to recommend the light rail project for $100 million in federal funding in FY2015, opponents say the Obama administration is failing to investigate the environmental impacts posed by the $2.4 billion project. Major step forward...
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Commuters who use the congested 11th Street Bridge toward downtown D.C. will get some long-awaited relief on Friday. A third lane will open on the bridge's inbound span. District Department of Transportation spokeswoman Cherie Gibson says the extra lane will increase capacity by 50 percent for traffic coming off the bridge onto the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. "The...
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Maryland's plan to build a 16-mile light rail line from Bethesda to New Carrollton got a big lift from the federal government today. The Purple Line is on the list of transit projects federal transportation officials say should receive funding from Congress. Therese McMillan, the acting head of the Federal Transit Administration, announced the agency is recommending the Purple...
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A new report on pedestrian fatalities is being released today — and the news isn't good. Total pedestrian fatalities in the D.C. region increased during the first six months of 2013, compared to the same period the year prior, according to a nationwide study released today by the Governor's Highway...
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Built-up snow and ice that jammed a door on a single rail car on a single train caused thousands of in-bound commuters to be delayed on the Red Line from Shady Grove station to White Flint station on Tuesday morning. Commuters were left waiting for more than 25 minutes on outdoor platforms in the frigid morning air while Metro operators moved the m...
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An axiom of U.S. transportation policy since the construction of the interstate highway system — to relieve congestion build more lanes — may be giving way to the realization that states cannot pave their way out of the problem. People are driving less as measured by vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and the enormous cost of expanding lanes may be seen as prohibitive. But the ...
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Metrobus schedule for Tuesday Metrobus will be operating on a severe snow service plan on Tuesday. Only the following routes will have bus service: District of Columbia: 32, 36, 52, 54, 70, 90, 92, A6/A8, S2, X2 Maryland: 83, A12, C4, C22, D12, F4, J2, K6, P12, Q1, T18, Y9, Z8 ...
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The 495 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia are bleeding money. Since opening on Nov. 17, 2012 the EZ Pass-only toll lanes running 14 miles along the Beltway between the I-95/I-395 interchange and Dulles Toll Road have struggled to attract motorists. And although the number of drivers using the lanes and toll revenues show steady growth, both figures continue to fall below th...
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Metro received a major commitment from the leaders of its three jurisdictions on Wednesday in the form of a promise of funding to upgrade the rail system’s capacity. After Gov. Martin O’Malley, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray met privately in Arlington, the three Democratic executives told reporters at a news conference they had reached an agreement in ...