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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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Metro is obligated to operate the structurally flawed Silver Spring Transit Center when the facility is finally repaired and open for business, Montgomery County officials said during a hearing on Wednesday. In response to the transit authority's move to inform the county it will not accept the three-level bus and train hub "even if repaired to permit regular service" because ...
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The last time a streetcar ran in D.C. was 1962, but today city officials welcomed them back. Mayor Vincent Gray and officials from the D.C. Department of Transportation gathered this morning at a facility in Anacostia, where three of D.C.'s new streetcars are being delivered this week for testing ahead of a formal rollout on H Street NE later this year. Over the next two month...
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Montgomery County is responding to Metro's move to back out of the Silver Spring Transit Center when the structurally-flawed facility is finally repaired and ready to open. A letter from a top county official says Montgomery county continues to honor...
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Metro says that a passenger opening an emergency door exacerbated delays this morning after a mechanical problem disabled a train at the Shaw station. Alison Gary's commute from Greenbelt usually takes about 45 minutes. This morning, it was twice that long. The trouble started when her Green Line train stopped moving at the Shaw station. "They told us to standby. There...
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A group of six conservative Republican state lawmakers, flanked by dozens of local homeowners, announced their opposition on Monday to the McDonnell administration's plan to build a 45-mile, major north-south highway connecting I-95 in Prince William to Rt. 7 in Loudoun, arcing west of Dulles International airport and brushing the western edge of Manassas National Battlefield Park. ...
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A coalition of homeowners associations against the construction of a highway ramp in Northern Virginia is taking its fight to the highest levels of state government on Friday. Members of Concerned Residents of Landmark (CROL), which represents about a dozen homeowners' groups in the Alexandria area, will privately meet Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton to a...
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Plans for a major highway between I-95 in Prince William County and Rt. 7 in Loudoun County are taking shape.The Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment state has released a study to the influential, 17-member ...
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Another passenger bus company has been shut down by federal safety regulators. The Washington D.C Party Shuttle, also known as Onboard D.C. Tours, has been ordered to immediately cease all operations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The feds say the company's drivers and vehicles pose an imminent hazard to public safety. The Party Shuttle picks up it...
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Two seconds is not a lot of time, but it should be enough time for you to do something with your built-in navigation or communication system while you are driving, under guidelines issued by federal safety officials to automakers on Tuesday....
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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...