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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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As Tysons Corner plans its expansion, Fairfax County officials are weighing a $2.3 billion plan to pay for the roads and infrastructure the city will need in the future. The new Tysons Corner envisioned in the county's 40-year plan will have high-rise condominiums, impressive corporate headquarters and new retail areas added to the existing 1,700 acres of concrete jungle. But...
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The intersection of Fort Totten Drive and Gallatin Street NE doesn't look like a bike trail, with dozens of smelly trucks coming and going at a trash transfer station. But the intersection is technically part of a heavily traveled bike path: the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The rest of the 8-mile trail is one of the nicest bike paths in the D.C. region. But bicycling advocates w...
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This is the third part in an ongoing series about the increased walkability of the Washington region's changing neighborhoods. The first part highlighted Southeast D.C.'s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood; the second outlined the big plans developers and transit planner...
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Remember how quickly you'd get through airport security before 9/11? Those speeds are returning to Dulles International Airport. Frequent flier Neal Lassila, a businessman on his way to L.A, took just 90 seconds to get through airport security, thanks to the TSA's PreCheck program, now operating in 26 airports. At Dulles, they just installed the first stand-alone security gat...
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The chief executive of popular internet-based car service Uber told District lawmakers Monday that proposed regulations now under consideration would put him out of business. The D.C. Taxicab Commission released the proposed regulations earlier this year. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick described the proposed rules as ranging from "draconian to inane," adding that rather tha...
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Yesterday's mess on Metro's Red Line was discouraging for many commuters, a pair of power outages caused extensive delays during morning rush hour yesterday. Metro is spending billions of dollars to make up for decades of neglect in order to avoid incidents like yesterda...
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The agency running the $6 billion Silver Line rail project to Dulles Airport is finally out from underneath a costly legal battle involving one of its boardmembers. Dennis Martire, a member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board, has reached a settlement with the Commonwealth of Virginia, ending litigation that was costing the authority tens of thousands of do...
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This is the second part in a series of ongoing reports about the metropolitan Washington region’s changing neighborhoods. The first part highlighted Southeast D.C.'s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. It's a rain-drenched day, but as David DeCamp and John...
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There may be some good news ahead for drivers on the Dulles Toll Road who are worried they may not be able to afford projected toll increases scheduled to take effect in January. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) plans to raise tolls dramatically to cover 75 percent of the estimated $2.7 billion cost of Phase 2 of the Silver Line rail project to Dulles aipo...
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There may be an addition to your crowded, rush hour ride home on the Metro. Passengers are now allowed to carry on folding bicycles. Metro has announced folding bicycles no longer have to be carried in a case during rush hour. They are allowed any time, but during the peak periods have to be folded and securely fastened now.  Metro changed its policy because folding bike ...
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This is the second of a two-part series on the relationship between gentrification and access to transit in Washington D.C.'s rapidly changing neighborhoods. Part 2 examines the Deanwood and Kenilworth neighborhoods in Ward 7. Part 1 examined the Shaw and Pleasant Plains neighborhoods in the Georgia Avenue corridor in Ward 1. Despite the presence of three Metro statio...
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The D.C. metropolitan region is a national pioneer in changing blighted urban areas into thriving, walkable neighborhoods, according to a report released by George Washington University professor of urban real estate Chris Leinberger.  These neighborhoods demonstrate how developers are reassessing how peop...
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The agency that's running the Silver line rail project to Dulles Airport is holding public hearings on its plan to dramatically raise tolls on the Dulles Toll Road to pay for the project. But a Federal Court of Appeals will consider a lawsuit that could derail the project. The class action sui...
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Users of the Dulles Toll Road would pay for half of the projected cost of the Silver Line rail project, under the current proposal of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Residents in Virginia had their first chance to publicly weigh in on that plan last night. ...
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This is the first of a two-part series on the relationship between gentrification and access to transit in Washington D.C.'s rapidly changing neighborhoods. Part 1 examines the Shaw and Pleasant Plains neighborhoods in the Georgia Avenue corridor in Ward 1. This two-mile stretch of Georgia Avenue NW, sandwiched between two Metro stations, looks like a construction zon...
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When it comes to taking risks on the roads, illegal drag racing may be as dangerous as it gets. Four years ago, eight people were killed while drag racing in Prince George's County, Md. Martin Di Caro returns to the scene to speak with police and local residents about what's been done since then to crack down on drag racing and slow down aggressive drivers....
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When it comes to commuting in the D.C. metropolitan area, most people do the same routine every day, and that routine usually includes long delays. But some commuters have found a way to avoid the monotony: using a electric bicycle to get to the office. Martin DiCaro explores a relatively new method for getting around the mean streets of the nation's capital. [Music: "...
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A day after U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued a scathing letter criticizing MWAA, the agency that oversees Reagan National and Dulles Airports, a member of that agency's board of directors is pushing back LaHood publicly admonished the Metropolita...
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Much of the alarm over the deep federal budget cuts that could happen in January is focusing on the Washington region's defense contractors. But airports around D.C. could also be affected under this "sequestration" — the word for the across-the-board spending reductio...
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Top federal and state lawmakers are condemning the the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board, citing the board's "lack of accountability, transparency, and sound judgement." The organization, which oversees the region's airports and all airport-related business, is "in desperate need of reform," wrote U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Maryland Gov. Martin O'...