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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 first weekday rush hour during Metro's SafeTrack "maintenance surge" left some riders hopeful and others confused and agitated. Episode 2 of Metropocalypse is on the scene at the Ballston station in Virginia as the "new normal" takes effect. We also hear from Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser; we discuss what it might take to ensure that th...
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Metro is estimating trains could be jammed with unprecedented "crush loads" of passengers during the opening stages of the SafeTrack reconstruction program, and has sent the hypothetical figures to local officials in each of its eight city and county jurisdictions. The 49-page planning document was designed to send a message: unless Metrorail riders find alternative travel ...
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Are you ready? That is the question of the moment in the Washington region as Metro prepares to embark on a yearlong track work program that will force thousands of riders to find alternative travel modes, and already has forced the region’s transit agencies to adopt detailed plans. From encouraging telework to providing extra bus service, from marking temporary ...
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In the week before Metro's SafeTrack plan is set to begin, WAMU 88.5 is bringing you stories about Metrorail. Check back this week for the rest of the four-part series. These words will sound familiar to Metro riders.  An “equipment problem that shut down a station and threatens to disrupt service for months has laid bare the transit agency’s big pr...
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In the week before Metro's SafeTrack plan is set to begin, WAMU 88.5 will be bringing you stories about Metrorail. Check back this week for the rest of the four-part series. Marcus Glover is reminded of his mother’s death everywhere. He cannot escape it in his living room, because that is where Metro Transit Police broke the news that his mom was the onl...
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Welcome to the inaugural edition of Metropocalypse, WAMU 88.5's new podcast about Metro. Between now and March 2017, riders of the Washington region's subway system will become intimately familiar with phrases like "continuous single tracking" and "line segment shutdown." WAMU 88.5 reporter Martin DiCaro and Politico...
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Leaders in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia say they have taken a key step toward creating a federally mandated safety oversight group for Metro. The jurisdictions released an 18-page proposal for a Metro Safety Commission that is supposed...
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Metro will begin notifying the public about violent crimes within the transit system on the same day they occur, according to Metro Transit Police. General Manager Paul Wiedefeld ordered the change in policy as Metro was facing criticism for its delay in notifying the public about the alleged rape of a woman aboard a Red Line train in Montgomery County last month. Me...
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A major management shakeup is underway at Metro. General Manager Paul Wiedefeld fired 20 managers Friday, including seven senior leaders, according to a memo sent to the entire transit authority staff and obtained by WAMU 88.5. In doing so, Wiedefeld reduced the number of managers directly reporting to him, potentially streamlining Metro’s inefficient bureaucracy. ...
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Updated 6:15 p.m. Click Play above to hear Martin Di Caro discuss this story with WAMU 88.5's Jonathan Wilson. Read it and cringe: Metro has released its final, revised SafeTrack reconstruction plan after consultation with federal safety officials who ...
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Metro, the only major transit system in the U.S. without a dedicated funding source, did not get one on Wednesday, but members of the Washington region’s congressional delegation pledged they would try to establish one. After a private meeting with WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld at the Capitol, the lawmakers said it...
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Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld conceded he should have reached out to federal oversight officials before unveiling a tentative schedule for a massive rail reconstruction program starting next month, saying his management style is sometimes impatient....
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Just last week, Metro announced a major yearlong track work program called "SafeTrack" aimed at addressing the maintenance backlog that has rendered the transit system prone to breakdowns. Squeezing three years of system reconstruction into one calendar year i...
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The chairman of Metro’s board publicly questioned whether some officials actually understand the dire situation facing the subway system — from chaotic finances to chronic operational problems — after delivering an impassioned request Wednesday for more funding and support before the regional Council of Governments. D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D), who became Metro bo...
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Updated Wednesday May 11, 7:45 a.m. The nation’s top transportation official says he almost ordered a shutdown of the D.C. region’s subway system after inspectors were denied access to the tracks following an explosion last Thursday at Federa...
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Metro’s latest quarterly report card is similar to the previous three “Vital Signs” reports: filled with poor marks. One of every four trains was late from January through March and a staggering 5 percent of all rail trips were at least 10 minutes behind sched...
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A little more than five months after taking the top job at America’s second-busiest transit system, Paul Wiedefeld already has made clear he will not be overwhelmed by events. Then again, he is dealing with a crisis. He was hired to take bold action. Whether the rebuilding program Wiedefeld ...
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Metrorail personnel put passengers’ safety at risk for several hours by failing to shut down a “potentially dangerous” stretch of track after third rail equipment exploded at Federal Center Southwest station on May 5, according to a new safety directive is...
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Updated 6:20 p.m. In the thick of Thursday's afternoon rush hour, Metro evacuated and closed two busy downtown stations after reports of smoke triggered a massive fire-department response to Federal Center SW along the Blue, Orange and Silver lines. WMATA's Twitter account said that in consu...
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Metro will conduct extensive track work over a months-long timetable on all lines except for new portions of the Silver Line, in a major rehabilitation program general manager Paul Wiedefeld will unveil on Friday, according to transit authority sources familiar with the plan. The program may begin as early as June. For days or, in some locations, weeks, segments of track —...