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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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On Capitol Hill, a House panel has made a big funding cut that could affect Metro's ongoing rebuilding program. Each of the past six years Metro has received $150 million from the federal government, part of a 10-year, $1.5 billion program approved by Congress to help Metro rebuild its rail system after the fatal 2009 Red Line crash. But Tuesday a House appropriations subcom...
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The agency building the second leg of the Silver Line Metrorail project to Dulles Airport announced a 13-month delay on Monday, pushing back the opening well into 2019 at the earliest. A delay was not unexpected, but officials for the first time described the extent of more than 150 design changes to the $2.7 billion rail extension...
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The state is not expected to grant the request of a new coalition of environmentalists and public transit advocates who are asking the Virginia Department of Transportation to reconsider a key study for plans to expand I-66 outside the Beltway, the state’s top transporta...
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Americans are driving more, and you don't need to be an expert to realize the extra traffic will put even more stress on our aging highway system. But simply expanding highways may not be the answer. New data from the federal government says Americans drove more than 220 billion miles in February, the second-most ever driven in that month. It's another among several recent s...
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The D.C. region’s transit authority continues to lack a safety culture, failing to address the needs of its employees with the same urgency as it has for passengers in the wake of the fatal smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza, according to the head of the union for 8,000 Metro workers. Jackie Jeter, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, addressed t...
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Metro has ordered four additional safety measures related to the ongoing National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the fatal smoke incident at L'Enfant Plaza station on Jan. 12. Transit authority officials emphasized that the measures are neither formal recommendations of the NTSB nor directly related to what caused heavy smoke to fill the Virginia-bound Yellow...
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As Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration begins to adopt its Vision Zero plan, making the District of Columbia the seventh U.S. city attempting to eliminate all traffic deaths, a new study is cementing the link between high speed...
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Updated 8 a.m., April 22 A camera installed on a busy commuter route cutting through a Capitol Hill neighborhood is failing to catch speeders, according to residents and a D.C. legislator who have been lobbying for years for permanent safety changes along Maryland Avenue NE. Since it was placed on the corner of Maryland Avenue and 7th Street NE ...
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Now that Maryland has joined Virginia and D.C. in formally legalizing Uber and other app-based ride-hailing services, the entire Washington metropolitan region has welcomed the tech companies that pride themselves on disrupting the marketplace. Our region has...
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The federal fund that pays for road and transit projects is scheduled to run out of money in July — two months later than expected — and the Obama administration's top transportation official is once again calling on Congress to find a long-term solution. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx says Congress has an opportunity to pass a multiyear bill. He says he's not ...
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If Northern Virginia’s elected leaders and business community want the state to build the Bi-County Parkway to improve north-south commuting between Prince William and Loudoun Counties and open up the western side of Dulles Airport to commerce, Sen. Tim Kaine says he has not heard from them. The Virginia Democrat, who did not pursue the controversial 10-mile project when h...
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Congress should stop adding flights to Reagan National Airport, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and other officials said Thursday. Speaking at a press event, Kaine said new flights out of Reagan come at the expense of struggling Dulles Airport. The issue will come up again soon, when Congress begins preparing the reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, possibly...
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Updated 8 a.m., April 16 A project already years behind schedule to bring full cellphone coverage to Metrorail stations and tunnels will take three to four more years to complete, a top transit authority official announced on Wednesday. Federally mandated wor...
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New rail ridership from near-term development pipeline by station. (PlanIt...
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Metrorail officially rode into the 21st century Tuesday morning when the long-awaited 7000-series railcars departed Franconia-Springfield station shortly after 7 a.m. on the Blue Line. Originally scheduled to debut in January, the next-generation railcars are among 528 on order from Lincoln, Nebraska-based Kawasaki Rail Car Inc. The modern trains will join Metro’s fleet ov...
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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...