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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.


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Technology that can reduce non-alcohol-related car crashes by 80 percent and save thousands of lives will be required in all new automobiles sold in the United States, said federal safety officials at a news conference at Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington. After decades of making cars safer in the event of a crash, the new mandate would require automakers to manu...
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One of the Washington metropolitan region’s most congested highways could be expanded to include EZ Pass-only toll lanes that also would be used by express buses and HOV commuters, one of ten concepts for the future of I-66 the Virginia Department of Transportation unveiled during a public meeting in Vienna Thursday night. “Extending Metrorail is one of the concepts. So ...
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Metro's top executive says cold weather is mostly to blame for another morning of mechanical problems that snarled trains on four of Metro's five rail lines. Disabled trains led to long delays in the heart of rush hour on all lines but the Yellow Line. One morning last week, all five lines had problems, and Metro General Manager Richard Sarles even got stuck waiting on a free...
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In their final debate before two deciding caucus votes scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, the three Democratic candidates running for their party’s nomination to fill a vacant seat on the county board laid out their positions on one of the most divisive issues in the race: the future of the $300 million Columbia Pike streetcar project. Candidates Peter Fallon, Alan Howze, ...
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The last scheduled safety tests of the $5.6 billion Silver Line rail extension through Tysons Corner were completed without any obvious problems over the weekend, but the project-leading Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and its contractor Bechtel are not calling the tests successful yet. "We had 10 different trains running simultaneously along the Silver Line, all 1...
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The Piano Man is coming to Washington. Billy Joel chose Nats Park as one of four venues where he will perform this year — and his show in D.C. will take place July 26. The announcement was made at a news conference at the stadium, where a video of past Joel performances played. Victor Hoskins, D.C.'s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development, says the concert wil...
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Metro is blaming the cold weather for most of the problems during this morning's commute. About the only thing that went right during Alexandria resident Susan Bowyer's commute was a Yellow Line train was waiting for her at the station. After it departed for D.C., it was one problem after another. "And then we sat somewhere between Huntington and Eisenhower for at leas...
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The bankruptcy of the equipment and technology company behind Washington’s popular Capital Bikeshare system will not have any immediate impact on the program’s operations but eventually could create problems, depending on the outcome of debt restricting talks, District officials said on Tuesday. Public Bike System Company (Bixi of Montreal) has been placed under bankrup...
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If you are leaving work for home this afternoon, highway agencies say you should use extreme caution. The departments of transportation in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland say if you don't have to be on the road, stay home. For those who did drive into work this morning, Joan Morris at VDOT says the earlier you leave for home the better. "With these cold temperatures and t...
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The agency building the Silver Line Metro extension into the Virginia suburbs will have permanent federal oversight. Legislation drafted by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) creates a permanent inspector general to oversee the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Wolf says the agency has received close to $1 billion in federal dollars to build the Silver Line, and its past track ...
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The hospitality industry in Northern Virginia is protesting a slew of proposed fees affecting airport shuttle buses. Those shuttles that take you from Reagan or Dulles Airport to your hotel are free. Free for you, at least. The hotel swallows the costs as a courtesy to its guests. But now the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority is considering ...
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Maintenance of the transportation system of both highways and commuter rail lines must be the top priority of local governments and decision-makers as the region’s job base and population expand, according to plan crafted by transportation planners and adopted unanimously on Wednesday by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. The ...
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The agency building the Silver Line Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner is approaching an important milestone, raising expectations that the first phase of the $6 billion project could open to passenger service this spring. After weeks of delays to fix software glitches involving the trains' automated safety system, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says its...
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Montgomery County officials are still waiting for an answer from a Bethesda property owner that is being asked to tear down its office building for the Purple Line light rail project. Executives with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the owner and largest occupier of the Apex building in downtown Bethesda, say they have not decided yet whether to agree to de...
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Some D.C. taxidrivers say they are out hundreds of dollars after a company that processed their backseat credit card transactions went under. A day after announcing the French firm Gleike Taximeters was unable to do business because of significant financial problems...
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Before the McDonnell administration’s final days in office expired, transportation officials moved to complete an agreement with the National Park Service and historic preservation groups to allow the Virginia Department of Transportation to pave the ten-mile Bi-County Parkway over the western edge of Manassas National Battlefield Park. A final draft of the ...
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Hundreds of D.C. taxicabs won't be able to accept credit card payments for a while, but it's not their fault. More than 700 cab drivers who signed contracts with the company Gleike Taximeters to process their backseat credit card transactions need to find a new payment system. Gleike is going out of business, after ...
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Since the 2009 Red Line crash that killed nine people near Fort Totten, Metro has been operating its trains manually. But now the transit agency is preparing to start testing the system to return operation of the trains to a computer. When your Metro train comes a herky-jerky stop, that's a result of the manual operation of the train — the conductor has his or her hand on ...
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Metro is paying a billion dollars for hundreds of new rail cars. They'll replace cars that have been in use since the 1970s, and rail experts say they'll be both safer and more comfortable for riders. Martin Di Caro got a preview this week, and brings us the details in our regular look at transportation and the politics of getting around. [Music: ...
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President Obama's former transportation secretary continues to publicly champion a tax increase he mostly avoided as a member of the cabinet. Ray LaHood, the Illinois Republican who served seven terms in the U.S. House before becoming the nation’s transportation chief in 2009, repeated his call for Congress and the president to agree to raise the federal gas tax, last incr...