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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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If Virginia lawmakers want to approve more state funding for the $6 billion Silver Line rail project to Dulles Airport, they still have to convince one of the most powerful politicians in the state. Governor Bob McDonnell will not commit to asking the legislature when it convenes next month to approve more dollars for the Silver Line. Tolls on the Dulles Toll Road may rise dra...
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It seems everyone in Virginia agrees the state needs more money for transportation — but no one is willing to say where that funding will come from. Gov. Bob McDonnell didn't shed much light on the subject this week. During a speech at his annual transportation conference in Fairfax County Wednesday, he  offered no specifics on what he'll ask the General Assembly for in...
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Residents of a northern Virginia neighborhood say they now have more ammunition to fight the Virginia Department of Transportation as it builds a controversial highway ramp near their homes. Members of Concerned Residents of Overlook, an upscale community adjacent to Interstate-395 in Alexandria, pleaded with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Tuesday night to support the...
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The battle between Uber and the District of Columbia is over. After clashing for months over how to regulate the sedan car service that customers order using a smartphone app, the D.C. Council  approved to legislation [...
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Without major investments in infrastructure and better land use policies, the D.C. region faces a future of even worse crowding on highways and trains, according to a long-range transportation forecast by a regional planning group. The forecast, released Wednesday by transportation planners at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), predicts that the r...
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District bicyclists who use the bike lanes in the center of Pennsylvania Avenue NW know how dangerous they've become. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced emergy rulemaking to prohibit drivers from making illegal U-turns at all times. The mayor clarified the existing rule that mid-block U-turns that cross over the bike lanes are illegal on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between the White...
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Planners are looking for ways to improve the commute for the more than 56,000 people currently work at Fort Meade in central Maryland. A top transportation planner at Fort Meade says there are a couple possible strategies to consider to reduce regional traffic congestion. One would be to build major highways at an estimated cost of $50 billion over 25 years. A second option is...
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Santa Claus is in demand. The Virginia Railway Express sold out tickets for its "Santa Train'' rides in less than five minutes today. More than 3,600 tickets for the kid-friendly ride sold out in four minutes on the VRE website. A few other locations that sell the $5 tickets were also sold out o...
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The Virginia Department of Transportation will study traffic volume over the Potomac River in an effort to determine where the most people and goods will cross as the region's population grows, according to a statement released by the agency on Tuesday. The study — scheduled for completion next spring — will not recommend a solution but instead provide a basis for consulta...
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It didn't take long for some drivers to get confused on the new 495 Express Lanes on the beltway in Virginia. Six crashes were reported from the time the new highway opened on Saturday through this morning's rush hour. Virginia State Police are hard at work trying to find the problem. The southernmost entrance to the 495 Express Lanes run right alongside the regular la...
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The leadership of the agency overseeing the $6 billion Silver Line rail project testified on Capitol Hill today. The House oversight committee wants answers from the heads of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board after an audit exposed questionable practices at the agency. Airports authority chairman Michael Curto and CEO Jack Potter were grilled about no-bid co...
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It's official: tolls are going up on the Dulles Toll Road. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board unanimously approved the hike, which will go into effect Jan. 1. The full one-way charge will be $2.75, a $0.50 increase. In 2014, that figure climbs to $3.50. Motorists will pay higher tolls so MWAA can pay the cost of the Silver Line rail project to Dulles...
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Heralded as the Beltway's largest expansion, the 495 Express Lanes opened ceremoniously Tuesday morning as Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) cut the ribbon on the $2 billion project in Tyson's Corner. Lawmakers say the kind of public-private partnership that funded the project will become the norm, unless Virginia can find new ways to raise revenue. Public-private partnership...
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Virginia transportation officials cut the ribbon today on the state's new highway: the 495 Express lanes. Those new electronic toll lanes have an impact on taxes for state residents — even those who don't regularly drive the lanes, advocates say. The state gas tax in Virginia is 17.5 cents per gallon. It hasn't been raised since 1987. Gas taxes are low, as a rule, especially...
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As the anniversary of the Inter-County Connector approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority says the highway is meeting its traffic volume and revenue projections. But critics of the $3 billion road don't trust the state's data. Greg Smith of Maryland-based advocacy group Communi...
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A homeowners' group in Alexandria is fighting a proposal by Virginia transportation planners to build a highway ramp near their homes. Concerned Residents of Overlook, an upscale community adjacent to Interstate 395, is attempting to convince the Virginia Department of Transportation to relocate a ramp that will serve as the northern terminus of the 95 Express Lanes, 30 miles ...
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The operators of the 495 Express Lanes have set Saturday, Nov. 17 — five days before Thanksgiving — as opening day. The two new lanes in each direction spanning 14 miles between the Springfield interchange and the Dulles Toll Road will be E-ZPass only. Everybody needs an E-ZPass to use the express lanes. Carpools need the E-ZFlex for the toll-free trip. So far the Virginia...
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A federal audit report released today by the Department of Transportation's Inspector General details $220 million contracts, at least two-thirds of contracts awarded by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, were awarded without full or open competition. The agency that operates Dulles Inte...
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Now that life is returning to normal in the D.C. area, officials are focusing on the last threat posed by Hurricane Sandy's aftermath: flooding. Government offices, schools and Metro are open again and people are returning to work and sitting in traffic once more. The storm lingers, however, and District Director of Homeland Security Chris Geldart won't exhale until the Potoma...
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After a rare extended shut down of its entire rail and bus system, the first since 2003, Metro is ready to start carrying passengers again as Sandy departs. The ominous forecasts of what Sandy might have done has Metro officials feeling fortunate for the relative ease with which they will be able to reopen. "Given the magnitude of the storm, the potential for high wind...