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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 agency that runs Dulles and Reagan National airports is being sued by one of its former officials. George Ellis, a former vice president at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, has filed a $10 million defamation suit, claiming the authority breached a severance agreement attached to his controversial departure last April. Ellis claims the authority told ...
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Imagine having tolls on every major roadway in the D.C. metropolitan region. That's one scenario being considered by regional transportation planners. The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board will release a study [PDF] today detailing what the public thi...
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Large crowds forced some Metro stations, including Metro Center, to temporarily close this afternoon as thousands headed home following President Obama's inaugural address. When an Orange Line trains pulled into Metro Center — minutes after the station reopened — so packed that few on the platform were able to board. The spirit of Inauguration Day seemed to pervade...
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With hundreds of thousands of people expected to ride Metrorail on Inauguration Day, the transit agency's general manager Richard Sarles is advising people to visit wmata.com to plan their trips before heading out the door in the morning. He also says he hopes people filled their SmarTrip cards last week, as the lines at fare...
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Metro is preparing to carry 600,000 to 800,000 people to President Barack Obama's second inauguration Jan. 21. The event has spurred massive preparations by the transit agency, according to WMATA General Manager Richard Sarles. Metro will place extra police officers on platforms and Metro office staffers inside stations to help visitors use vending machines, but WMATA is s...
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he's optimistic a federal loan for Metro's Silver Line rail project will be approved "sooner rather than later." After swearing in two presidential appointees to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board of directors Wednesday, LaHood praised the agency for improving its hiring and contracting practices. A ...
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Bicycling may be the easiest way to get downtown in the District during Monday's inauguration. Several thousand people are expected to bicycle to the National Mall or the parade route, so the District Department of Transportation is preparing to accommodate the two-wheelers. There will be a large parking lot for bikes at 16th and I streets NW starting at 7 a.m., says DDOT plan...
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A Metro train derailed at a rail yard in New Carrollton on Saturday. According to Metro, there was a low-speed derailment within New Carrollton Yard at about 2 a.m. Saturday. No one was injured.  A statement released by the transit agency says repairs to the track, third rail and switch equipment were made over the weekend and the yard is operating normally again...
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The last sliver of green space in Tysons Corner is expected to stay green after a vote today by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The transportation committee of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is expected to kill a plan to build a road down the middle of Old Courthouse Spring Branch Park, a 33-acre green space tucked south of Route 7. The board is responding to...
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Metro General Manager Richard Sarles responded Monday to criticism of the decision to reduce Blue Line trains in order to accommodate the Silver Line. When the Silver Line opens later this year, Blue Line service will be reduced again. The line has already seen fewer trains operating to certain Metro stations under the ...
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Maryland transportation officials are urging inauguration attendees to use mass transit to travel to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21. They say traffic delays are expected on the roads, though signal technicians will adjust signal timing to try to keep traffic moving. High-occupancy vehicle lanes will be open to all traffic on Interstate 270 and U.S. 50. Officials say...
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The new Costco in Northeast D.C. is doing brisk business, but some customers say it's a tough place to get to unless you have a car. Metro officials say they may have a solution. Metro heard from its customers who said they needed better service getting to the Costco at New York Avenue and South Dakota Avenue Northeast, so the transit agency decided to extend the H6 bus line t...
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Metro's general manager presented his 2014 budget proposal to the transit agency's board of directors today. It has no fare hikes or service cuts, but transit advocates say it is also missing something else: funding to expand rush hour capacity to eight-car trains. Sarles' $2.5 billion budget proposal contains about $900 million to continue Metro's system-wide rehabilitation: ...
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Virginia would become the first state to eliminate its gasoline tax if a major transportation funding plan proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell is approved by the General Assembly. To fund ongoing maintenance and new transportation projects, McDonnell is asking lawmakers to do away with the 17.5-cent state gas tax — which was last increased in 1986 — and replace it by raising th...
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More than two years after adopting a plan to modernize Tysons Corner, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is ready to vote tonight on a tax increase to pay for a new transportation grid there. Both businesses and residential properties in Tysons Corner would be taxed to raise $250 million over 40 years to help pay for road improvements to accommodate expected population an...
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Metro bus riders are getting what they've wanted for years: extra rush hour service along New Hampshire Avenue between Maryland and D.C. Lynn Mason moved from Fort Totten to Montgomery County seven years ago, leaving her with one commuting option: the crowded K6 line. "I don't even like to ride it and sometimes it doesn't come on time," Mason says.  "You have to w...
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We humans aren't the only ones who feel stress. Every day, our local roads and bridges take a pounding — and engineers are using increasingly high-tech methods to determine how much stress we're putting on our infrastructure. Martin Di Caro hits the road with a group of VDOT engineers who use ultrasonic devices, ground penetrating radar and infrared thermographics to assess stress to l...
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Things were very quiet inside the new 495 Express Lanes operations center — and that's exactly how the company operating the new highway wants it to be. Since opening in late November, the operations center has been manned around the clock, with at least two controlroom operators watching dozens of cameras at headquarters, based near the southern tip of the new, 14-mile corr...
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The District of Columbia's 2012 murder statistics are in and the city had its lowest number of homicides in half a century. It's a statistic politicians are eager to publicize. "We are on course now to have the lowest number of homicides since 1960," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said at a press conference this week.  Reducing violent crime will continue to be one of hi...