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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 District of Columbia is on the verge of wading into a big fight over cars and parking. Zoning officials may lift a requirement that developers build parking spaces when they erect new housing, office, or retail space — as long as the new development is near Metro or in downtown D.C. It's a controversial plan. AAA Mid-Atlantic says D.C. is waging a war on cars. The group says motor...
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Bicyling advocates from across the country descended on Washington to lobby Congress about safety. The bicyling advocates want more federal funding for infrastructure such as bike lanes and for Congress to require state departments of transportation to establish statistical goals to reduce the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed and injured on our streets.   ...
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Two Democratic members of a congressional committee raised doubts about the leadership of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and questioned Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood's support of two top MWAA officials, in letters to Sec. LaHood's office. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Comm...
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The District of Columbia's Office of Planning is considering a proposal that would potentially reduce the number of available parking spaces in some neighborhoods. Planning officials may submit a proposal this spring to the zoning commission eliminating the mandatory parking space minimums required for new development in transit-rich corridors and in downtown Washington. The i...
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The former chairman of Virginia's Democratic Party says supporters of the major transportation funding overhaul that passed the General Assembly may want to hold off on celebrating. By setting up a two-tier tax system in certain parts of the state, the big transportation funding bi...
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For the first time since they began fighting the construction of a highway ramp near their homes, a coalition of eight homeowners' groups in Fairfax County and Alexandria are getting some official help in their battle with the Virginia Department of Transportation. Alexandria city leaders are pledging to lobby state transportation officials to reconsider the placement of the p...
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The big transportation funding bill passed by Virginia's General Assembly spells relief for drivers on the Dulles Toll Road. All the focus on how transportation will be paid for in Virginia — the haggling over ...
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 The airport experience will get more aggravating with fewer flights available and longer security lines if Congress does not avoid the automatic budget cuts called sequestration, three Virginia Democratic lawmakers said Monday at a news conference inside Reagan National Airport. Dems lay out effects on air travel Reps. Gerry Connolly and Jim Mora...
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Six roller coaster weeks after Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed a major transportation funding overhaul, the Virginia's House of Delegates has approved a compromise measure to raise $3.5 billion over five years for roads and rails. The House voted 60-40, with 25 Democr...
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A record number of passengers passed through Washington area airports in 2012. Of the 42 million passengers who passed through the two Virginia airports, 19.7 million were at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport — the most ever. Dulles also hit a new high, with 6.7 million international passengers walked through the gates, although the number of domestic passengers drop...
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Negotiators in the Virginia House and Senate struck a deal on Wednesday on a compromise that includes Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposal to eliminate the state gas tax at the pump. The plan calls for it to be replaced by both a hike in the state sales tax, as well as a new tax paid by distributors on the wholesale price of gasoline — which means it could still be passed to consumers....
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A Virginia conference committee has reached a deal to overhaul the state's transportation funding plan, after members of the state Senate agreed to eliminate the 17.5 cent state gas tax paid at the pump. The agreement would need approval from both chambers of the state General Assembly before the end of the legislative session on Saturday. It includes several provisions that r...
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 The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is drawing closer to fulfilling a key recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board after the deadly 2009 Red Line crash. The transit authority is completing a memorandum of understanding with its unionized rail workers to establish a confidential "close call" reporting system to catch potential safety ...
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Legislative negotiators in Virginia are trying to reconcile two widely differing transportation funding bills. They say an agreement between them is possible, but finding one that can win final passage is still a tall order. Five delegates and five senators were huddling for the third time Monday evening with both parties reporting headway toward a possible handshake deal by S...
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Gas prices in the D.C. metropolitan area are up 36 cents in the past month, and experts say gas prices may not peak for at least another month. When pump prices blow up, it hits James Hart three times as hard, because he owns three big vans for his mobile pet grooming business. He spent a personal record on gas last year, and he says 2013 is off to a brutal start. "We ...
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In an official report released Thursday, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is faulting a miscommunication among emergency responders for contributing to the Jan. 30 fiasco on the Green Line that left hundreds of passengers stuck in the tunnels. Two packed Green Line trains heading outbound toward the Anacostia station in Southeast D.C. shortly before 4:30 p.m....
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A former board member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is accusing the agency's leaders of not telling the whole truth when they testified before Congress, and 23 pages of internal emails suggest three current board members worked with officials in Richmond to remove one of their colleagues. MWAA is trying to rebuild the public's trust after a tumultuous 2012....
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The Virginia Senate struck another blow against Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to kill the state gas tax Wednesday. The Governor's transportation funding package was resurrected in the Senate just long enough for it to be rewritten again. By a 26-14 vote, senators drastically amended the bill, sending it back to the House of Delegates, where a Republican majority is expected to opp...
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A Virginia Senate committee has rewritten Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding reform bill. The proposal would keep and increase the gasoline tax, add a 1 percent fuel sales tax and allow localities to add another 1 percent tax to fuel, according to the Associated Press. Changes to the legislation, which already passed in the House, came in a Senate Finance Committee ...
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The Virginia State Senate is scheduled on Tuesday to take up Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding plan that passed the House of Delegates last week. For the first time Gov. McDonnell says he is willing to compromise on his plan to eliminate the state's g...