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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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Four weeks ago today, Metro suffered its worst incident since the 2009 Red Line disaster at Fort Totten. On an ordinary Monday afternoon, a Yellow Line train heading south to Virginia encountered thick smoke moments after departing L'Enfant Plaza station, the start of a mishap that ...
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In Arlington, the Bikeshare program is considered part of the county's urban transit system. And since you can pay cash to ride the bus or train, Arlington has decided you should be able to pay cash for a Bikeshare membership, too. "One of the criticisms of bikes...
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Related Stories One Dead, 84 Hospitalized After Smoke Fills Metro Tunnel, Yellow Line Train ...
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Metro has ordered speed restrictions on about a dozen stretches of track across its rail system after several cracked or broken rails disrupted rush hour commutes in January — a move taken in an “abundance of caution” during the cold weather. On Monday commuters began griping about slow trains on Twitter. Metro usually runs trains at least 50 miles per hour, but riders c...
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Updated 8:45 a.m. The fatal smoke incident on Metro’s Yellow Line at L’Enfant Plaza on Jan. 12 is spurring a federal review of Metro’s safety culture, which is under intense public scrutiny after the transit authority’s worst day since the 2009 Red Line disaster at Fort Totten. The Federal Transit Administration will conduct a ...
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The D.C. Fire Department is discovering more problems with its radios. The findings come after District officials ordered increased testing of radio coverage following last month's fatal smoke incident at L'Enfant Plaza. D.C. firefighters encountered 10 radio failures in systemwide tests inside all Metro stations. Mayor Bowser ordered continuous testing until such problems w...
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One speaker says business community won't convince Hogan by pitting Purple Line against roads. Has to stand on its own merits. — Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) February 4, 2015 ...
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Montgomery County firefighters are having trouble communicating inside Metro stations, three weeks after communication problems may have delayed the rescue effort at L'Enfant Plaza when smoke filled a Yellow Line tunnel, killing one passenger and injuring many more. Montgomery County firefighters were doing a routine radio test in Red Line tunnels when personnel underground ...
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.@Uber_DC sent this email out to drivers. See photo. pic.twitter.com/shNDUJCkEa— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) January 30, 2015...
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It is easier to talk about the importance of upgrading the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems than agreeing on a way to pay for it. Time and again Congress has approved short-term funding measures to keep the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) afloat — the most recent of which will expire this spring — instead of a long-range funding program to maintain and expand public infrast...
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The family of the Alexandria woman who died on the Yellow Line under L'Enfant Plaza on January 12 is suing Metro for $50 million. The wrongful death lawsuit accuses Metro of 11 failures in the maintenance, operation, and emergency response of its rail system. It was those failures that led to the death of Carol Glover after a Yellow Line train filled with smoke from a malfu...
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The cold weather has not been kind to Metro this month, with dropping temperatures are being blamed for several cracked or broken rails that have disrupted commutes. On Wednesday morning, a rail broke between Naylor Road and Southern Avenue stations on the Green Line, wrecking the commute for thousands of riders. But cracked or broken rails are not unique to Metro. ...
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Click to see the full project map (pdf) Virginia is presenting its plan to f...
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Uber, creator of the popular ride-hailing platform UberX, spent $314,074 lobbying D.C. government in 2014. While that sum may not explain the entire story of how the District became one of the most Uber-friendly cities in the country, it does reveal how far the San Francisco-based te...
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Due to the winter weather, the Cathedral will open on a two hour delay today, January 27.— National Cathedral (@WNCathedral) January 27, 2015 ...
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The number of people suing Metro following the fatal smoke incident at L'Enfant Plaza station is growing. The lawyer who once worked for Metro wound up representing the family of Major General David Wherley and his wife Ann, who were killed in the 2009 Red Line crash. ...
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Metro will undertake 10 safety actions following the fatal smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza station on Jan. 12, providing certain personnel authority to immediately respond to danger, among other measures. Officials insisted the safety actions are not related to the cause of the disas...
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Metro was unaware the D.C. Fire Department had encrypted its radios before a fatal smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza station on Jan. 12, leaving the transit authority at a loss to explain why firefighters’ radios were not functioning underground despite four days of troubleshooting efforts by the transit authority starting Jan. 8. Not until Jan. 14 did Metro and D.C. Fire...
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Updated at 9:20 a.m., Jan. 22. The federal investigation into the fatal incident aboard Metro’s Yellow Line under L’Enfant Plaza on Jan. 12 has revealed a major failure in communications among emergency personnel, whose delayed resp...
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A plan to fix one of the most congested highways in Northern Virginia is up for review by regional transportation planners, but some question whether placing toll lanes on I-66 is the right solution. Virginia has two plans for 66. One is for outside the Beltway, running 25 miles from 495 West to Haymarket. There would be three regular lanes and two toll lanes in each directi...