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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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When automatic federal spending cuts loomed in March, federal officials warned the furloughs of air traffic controllers would snarl the air travel system and leave passengers waiting in terminals for hours. Three days after furloughs began, staffing-related delays have been minimal, but representatives of the air traffic controllers union say that could all change as the summer travel...
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A construction consortium headed by Clark Construction submitted the lowest of five bids to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, $1.2 billion, to build the last 11 miles of the Silver Line. Clark's bid beat the next lowest bid by $14 million, submitted by Bechtel, the firm that built Phase I of the project from D.C. to Reston. Pat Nowakowski, executive director of t...
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A big day in the future of the Silver Line Metrorail project has arrived. The five construction consortiums competing for the contract to build the final 11 miles of the commuter rail extension to Dulles International Airport and beyond into Loudoun County will submit their bids at a news conference this afternoon. The public unveiling of the bids will take place at the offices of the...
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As the D.C. region looks to a future of job and population growth, the question that continues to vex planners is, how can we solve traffic congestion? If, and it's a big if, the D.C. region changed land use policies to concentrate growth around transit centers, built high-occupancy toll lanes around the entire Beltway, and created a regionwide express bus system, traffic cong...
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Documents show some top executives at the board that manages the Washington region's airports have spent tens of thousands of dollars on travel, meals and similar expenses. The expense reports obtained by The Washington Post show that at least for top officials at the Metropolitan Washignton Airports Authority each file...
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One security expert says the Boston marathon bombings are not a reason to start worrying about your own security in large crowds or on mass transit systems. When the train doors close behind you on Metro, maybe somewhere in the back of your mind you are thinking, "What if? What if Metro were targeted by terrorists?" "The odds of you being killed by a terrorist are less...
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Traffic is picking up on the 495 Express Lanes in northern Virginia, according to records released by the private sector operators of the new toll lanes on the Capital Beltway. The company that built the Express Lanes, Transurban, was struggling to convince motorists to pay a toll for a congestion-free ride, so they opened their new road, which lies right next to the non-tolle...
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The construction of Phase II of the Silver Line Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, one of the largest public transportation projects in the U.S., will lie in the hands of the contractor team that makes the winning bid to the project's owner, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). MWAA will award the contract to the lowest bidder, a procurement process t...
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Would a sign stop you from evacuating a Metrorail car? After an incident on the Green Line in January that saw hundreds of passengers evacuate their trains when they were stuck underground, Metro is considering updating its emergency signage. The new sign reads: "In the event of an EMERGENCY (their emphasis, not ours), stay on the train and listen for train operator instruct...
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Travelers will wait until 2018 to be able to take a Metro train all the way to Dulles International Airport. Commuters will also have to wait that long to ride a train west of the airport into Loudoun County. But the process of building the second phase of the Silver Line rail extension is beginning this spring. On April 19, the contracting teams' bids are due and the Metropolitan Was...
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The success of a megaproject can come down to a single decision: choosing the right contractor. As the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) prepares to embark on Phase II of the $5.5 billion Silver Line rail extension to Dulles International Airport, five pre-qualified construction consortiums are facing an April 19 deadline to submit bids to build a transportati...
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Nearly five months after opening, the operators of the 495 Express Lanes are struggling to attract motorists to their congestion-free toll road in a region mired in some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. Transurban, the construction conglomerate that ...
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The Fine Print The new law only applies when a driver is texting or emailing. The use of GPS, music programs and other phone applications is not prohibited. Drivers are not required to surrender their cell phones to police. Officers will ask drivers pulled over for texting if they...
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The structurally flawed Silver Spring Transit Center is absorbing more taxpayer money and promises to eat up even more, as the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday approved an additional $7 million to pay for construction work already completed at the transit hub, which is two years behind schedule and about $80 million over budget. The $7 million approved by county lawmakers ...
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Virginia lawmakers are expected to voice their approval this week for a bill that will make texting while driving a primary offense. It's a measure that is long overdue, according to Debbie Pickford, chair of the board of Drive Smart Virginia. "Right now a policema...
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Metro plans to add surveillance cameras to its rail cars for the first time and is spending millions of dollars to triple the number of surveillance cameras monitoring its stations and parking garages. The transit agency plans to increase the number of security cameras from 1,900 to nearly 6,000. An agency spokesman says that will cost $6.5 million. Metro previously a...
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AAA is out with its list of the best cars for commuters, and it is perhaps no surprise that alternative fuel vehicles top the list. When you consider high gas prices, terrible traffic congestion, and that roughly 70 percent of the region's commuters drive to work, it might make sense that AAA Mid-Atlant...
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The general contractor leading the construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center is publicly defending itself against charges of responsibility for building defects in the delayed transit hub, pointing to evidence that it followed Montgomery County's...
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The recent lobbying by bicycling advocates on Capitol Hill to address the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians seems to have paid off. A bipartisan group of 68 members of the U.S. House, responding to the advocates' safety concerns, has signed a letter to Secretary of Transportatio...