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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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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's major transportation funding plan that would eliminate the state gas tax died on the floor of the Virginia State Senate Tuesday night. It became clear after a pair of Republican floor amendments were defeated that there was not enough support for McDonnell's transportation package. Divided lawmakers sent the five-year, $3.1 billion proposal back t...
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For the fourth year in a row, the D.C. area takes the top spot as having the worst traffic congestion in the nation. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute's annual report, each commuter wastes an average of 67 hours stuck in traffic each year, the most of any of the urban areas in the study. ...
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The Virginia House on Monday approved a transportation proposal that largely sticks to the plan that Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) introduced last month, which includes eliminating the state’s 17.5 cents-per-gallon gasoline tax and raising the statewide sales tax. Mean...
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The speed limit is going up on Maryland's new $3 billion highway; climbing from to 60 miles an hour on the ICC.  It's 55 now. "Going from 55 to 60 really only represents a time savings of about a minute and a half," says Howard Bartlett, the executive secretary of the Maryland Transportation Authority.  He says his agency studied the geometry of the roadway...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding package, which would eliminate a gas tax in favor of a higher statewide sales tax, has cleared its first major legislative hurdle. As expected, the House Finance Committee voted 13-8 to endorse McDonnell's pl...
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Anyone making an illegal U-turn across the bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown D.C. will be subject to a $100 fine. District officials are wrapping up a public awareness campaign about the new law. Employees with the District Department of Transportation were out on Pennsylvania Ave. Wednesday handing out fliers that to motorists that say, "Please help us stop the Pe...
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A legislative committee in the Virginia House of Delegates will take up Governor Bob McDonnell's $3 billion transportation funding plan today. The governor expects his bill will go before the full House and Senate next week. McDonnell's proposal has been picked apart since its unveiling three weeks ago, but he still says it's the best plan out there. McDonnell insists increa...
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A bipartisan group of 10 Virginia House Delegates is asking the state's congressional delegation to join them in opposing a plan to place tolls on I-95. At the same time, Gov. Bob McDonnell insists the tolls are coming. The Virginia Department of Transportation's plan includes a single toll plaza in Sussex County near North Carolina, but the legislators who oppose it say it wi...
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The only Republican in President Obama's cabinet says he won't stick around for his second term; U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has announced his resignation, effective when his successor is confirmed. President Obama issued a statement thanking LaHood "for his dedication, his hard work, and his years of service to the American people." LaHood crusaded na...
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Key votes are expected this week in the Virginia General Assembly on Governor Bob McDonnell's transportation funding plan that would replace the state gas tax with a higher sales tax. Another transportation tax, known as the vehicles miles traveled tax, will not be on the table, however. Not a single state in the country charges a VMT, but there are efforts to establish the...
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Legislation to allow the state of Virginia to acquire the unpopular Dulles Greenway and its high tolls is making its way through Richmond. A bill could go before the full House of Delegates later this week after a subcommittee passed it this morning. The latest 10-cent increase brings the toll on the 14-mile Dulles Greenway to $4.90 during peak drive times.  And that is s...
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There are about 21,000 bridges in Virginia. Less than 8 percent of them — roughly 1,600 — are considered structurally deficient, according to the state. That does not mean they are unsafe. It means they are aging and need repairs. And Virginia is not alone in this. Most states are faced with the challenge of finding enough money to maintain crumbling infrastructure. Gov. B...
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Commuters are skeptical that congestion pricing will reduce traffic congestion in the metropolitan Washington area, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. Instead, they prefer alternatives to driving, in the form of commuter rail, express bus service, o...
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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...