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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 Metrorail operator who ran a red signal on the Red Line has been fired after risking a collision and threatening the safety of two track inspectors, the transit authority’s general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, said in an email to all employees Friday. The incident put two trains in position for a potential head-on crash, Wiedefeld said in the email, which revealed other unsett...
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One month in Metro’s SafeTrack reconstruction program, commuting has become more difficult for thousands of daily rail riders who have been forced to find alternatives to the train or crowd into the available railcars — but it has hardly been chaotic, at least not on a wide scale. Yet even as the transit authority has effectively managed the initial scheduled disruptions...
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At a time when Metrorail riders are looking for transportation alternatives because the yearlong SafeTrack reconstruction program is reducing the availability of trains, one possible option is falling short of expectations.  Close to two years after District officials announced their intention to develop a universal e-hail app for the city’s taxi industry, the app is ...
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Thousands of Metrorail riders poured onto Yellow and Blue Line trains in Northern Virginia on Wednesday morning, the first rush hour of a seven-day rail service shutdown between Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport. Some said the commute, which the transit authority for days warned would be slow and crowded, was worse than they had expected, even though they had left for work muc...
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For most of July, Alexandria will be cut off from the rest of Washington via rail. Surge #3 of SafeTrack shuts down the Yellow and Blue lines around Reagan National Airport. We get a report on Day 1. Plus we explore the future of Metro: What will the system look like in 10 years? Should responsibility for running the system be passed off to the private sector? How will the introductio...
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When the D.C. region’s transit authority announced the yearlong SafeTrack reconstruction plan, officials warned of a spillover effect: rail riders seeking alternatives to the train would cram into buses, bike lanes, and cars if they could not telework. Four weeks into Metro’s disruptive “maintenance surges,” the evidence shows the larger transportation network is pro...
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At meetings with citizens’ groups next month, the FAA will propose altering existing flight paths to mitigate jet noise over neighborhoods north of Reagan National Airport, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said. Norton has been prodding the federal agency to respond to a petition filed by residents in Wards 2 and 3 who say frequent airplane noise pollution has ...
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Metro’s boss is praising the transit authority’s response to Monday evening’s calamitous commute on the Green and Yellow Lines after a track fire caused massive delays, saying "safety trumped everything." Service on the two lines was suspended for about four hours between Mt. Vernon Square and L’Enfant Plaza stations after a Metro employee extinguished “a very smal...
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Update, 12 p.m.: After some legislative wrangling between McDuffie and Cheh, a vote on the bill was postponed until July 12. That means a second and final vote wouldn't come until October, since in mid-July the Council heads out for a two-month recess. A dispute between two D.C. Council members over the intent of proposed legislation is threatening to stall ...
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A federal official issued a warning about Metro to Congress in 1986: If the system continued its rapid expansion without securing better funding, it risked a future of stark choices. Metro continued to expand, and riders are still feeling the effects today. Historian Zachary M. Schrag argues that in hindsight, however, it's...
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Metro’s boss continues to charge ahead with plans to reform the transit authority’s organizational structure, announcing the “elimination of about 500 positions over the next several months,” according to an all-staff notice released on Monday. Metro employs about 13,000 people. “Non-safety crit...
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Eight months after transit authority leadership conceded publicly that poor service was alienating riders, Metro’s ridership figures remain significantly lower than the 2009 peak. “Our most recent rail ridership numbers show continued patterns of ridership levels that are 5 to 8 percent below its 2009 peak, and despite gains in March, the trend in April and May suggests th...
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Metro warned riders to stay away from affected rail stations once around-the-clock SafeTrack maintenance work began on June 4 in the first of 15 “surges” scheduled through next March. Three weeks into the endeavor it appears riders are listening, according to system-wide ridership figures obtained by WAMU 88.5. After continuous single-tracking reduced train fre...
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The commission that regulates some 6,500 taxis in the District is becoming a full-fledged agency with a new name — but it is not clear what effect the change will have on the riding public. “The responsibilities of the renamed agency will remain fundamentally unchanged,” said Neville Waters, a spokesman for the D.C. Taxicab Commission. On June 28, the commission will bec...
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Seven years after the darkest day in Metro’s 40-year history, safety experts say the transit authority has made limited strides improving safety but has not entirely escaped the shadow of the Red Line crash near Fort Totten station that killed eight passengers and a train operator. Fifteen passengers and workers have died on Metrorail since the June 22, 2009, accident. The ...
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SafeTrack hits its second phase, with full shutdowns of sections of the Orange Line forcing commuters to use bus "bridges" between stations. What if Metro had built extra tracks, though? Would parallel lines have allowed for better maintenance over the years, and would they have been w...
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Story updated at 10:15 a.m. The first rail shutdown of Metro’s yearlong SafeTrack reconstruction program will inconvenience thousands of commuters starting Monday morning with the closure of two stations: Potomac Avenue and Stadium-Armory on the eastern side of D.C. Moreover, the Blue Line will not run further north than the Arlington Cemetery stop in Virg...
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Transit authority leaders joined elected officials from the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County to hammer home a message to commuters: Unless a significant number find alternative means of transportation come Monday, they will be stuck on packed trains and buses during the ...
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The start of the first, two-week shutdown of Metro’s yearlong SafeTrack rebuilding program is days away, and Metrorail riders from Virginia to Maryland are bracing for a rough time. The second of 15 scheduled “maintenance surges” under SafeTrack promises to be more disruptive than the first, which involved ...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Metro has released a progress report for its first maintenance surge under the SafeTrack reconstruction program, and it shows that as of Monday, most of the w...