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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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When the express lanes projects on the Interstate-495 Capital Beltway and Interstate-95 in Northern Virginia are ready for commuters, they will be designed to serve a dual purpose: encourage carpooling by giving HOV-3 vehicles a free ride, and reduce...
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Virginia broke ground on an ambitious plan to improve and expand 30 miles of HOV/toll lanes on the I-95 corridor in northern Virginia on Tuesday, a $1 billion project that is scheduled for completion in December 2014. The I-95 Express Lanes are the result of another public-private partnership between the state and Fluor-Transurban, the company that built ...
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The completion of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge — which fully opened yesterday to weekday commuter traffic — is the latest is a number of major infrastructure projects that are unfolding in the Washington metropolitan region.   After a decade of construction, five lanes ...
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Ten years after construction began with the dredging of the Potomac River, the $2.5 billion Woodrow Wilson Bridge improvement project opened to motorists on Monday morning in what has been one of the most congested commuting corridors in the country. "We had backups of three, four, five miles on a regular basis. It's a soul-killing experience to be sitting there day after day,...
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As the opening of the Interstate 495 Express Lanes draws closer, backers of the $2 billion project say they cannot guarantee the four new HOT lanes will achieve the goal of reducing traffic congestion while simultaneously returning a profit for their private sector operator. The HOT (high occupancy toll) lanes will run next to the Beltway's non-toll lanes between the Dulles To...
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The National Transportation Safety Board issued a scathing report in its finding of probable cause in the 2011 Sky Express tour bus crash that killed four passengers and injured dozens others when it flipped onto its roof on I-95 in Virginia. The board found blame with the driver, bus company, and federal regulators, saying the accident should not have happened because Sky Express sho...
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Virginia transportation officials are drawing closer to an agreement with the National Park Service as part of a plan to build a major four-lane divided highway connecting Route 7 in Loudoun County to Interstate-66 in Prince William County, what opponents charge will be the first piece of an outer beltway in northern Virginia. Negotiations with the Park Service involve a propo...
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Amtrak unveiled its $7 billion master plan to transform Union Station in Washington, D.C. from an aging, over-capacity station that dates to 1907 to a modern transportation hub of high speed rail that will double the number of trains and triple the number of passengers in gleaming, glass-encased halls at a press conference at Union Station Wednesday. A truly modern tra...
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Ready to flex that E-ZPass? Commuters who want to use the new Capital Beltway express lanes will have to, according to Virginia transportation officials and the operators of the new lanes. The lanes, which run down the middle of the Capital Beltway in Virginia from the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) exit to the I-395/495/95 interchange known as the "mixing bowl," will be free to...
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Mention to D. Edward Vogel that he just won an $838,000 jury award and he answers in a voice dripping with incredulity. "Did I?" Yes, he did. But the owner of the famous Bengies Drive-In movie theater in Baltimore County says his third-generation family business is still teetering. Vogel successfully sued the ow...
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The Uber sedan car service escaped the District's first attempt to regulate the Internet-based company when Council member Mary Cheh dropped a proposal to establish a minimum fare, among other provisions, but Uber's independence may not last. Cheh plans to revive her proposal in the fall, and the chairman of the D.C. Taxicab ...
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It would cost $1.8 billion to construct Montgomery County's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a system that county officials are close to approving. The plans call for 23 BRT corridors that could take about 20 years to complete. The county's transit task force envisions designated bus lanes hauling at least an estimated 165,000 commuters daily. But that vision is making some county res...
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We humans aren't the only ones who feel stress. Every day, our local roads and bridges take a pounding -- and engineers are using increasingly high-tech methods to determine how much stress we're putting on our infrastructure. Martin Di Caro hits the road with a group of VDOT engineers who use ultrasonic devices, ground penetrating radar and infrared thermographics to assess stress ...
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Environmentally aware consumers choose to eat vegetables and meat produced at local farms to avoid foods hauled over long distances by tractor trailers. Buying close to home also helps the local economy. It tastes better, too. Produce tastes fresher if eaten the day after it's picked and sold at a local farmer's market, unlike fruits and vegetables hauled across the country on a truc...
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Loudoun County Supervisors have voted to remain in the Dulles rail project, ending months of debate and uncertainty about whether the county would keep its commitment to the Silver Line. Lawmakers approved the project, which requires a $270 million investment by Lou...
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Four days before the big vote on the Silver Line rail project, a Loudoun County supervisor who was on the fence now says he will support the rail link to Dulles Airport and beyond. Leesburg district supervisor Ken Reid now says he will vote yes. Because four supervisors are already on record supporting the project, the Loudoun County Board would have enough votes to opt into P...
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Taxpayers in Loudoun County may finally learn tonight how the board of supervisors plans to pay for Phase 2 of the Silver Line rail project. The Loudoun board is holding its final work session before Tuesday's big vote on whether to opt out of the $2.7 billion rail link. The supervisors are leaning toward creating special tax districts around the future Metro stops west of Du...
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When the District of Columbia and Arlington County partnered to establish a bike sharing system in 2010, offering more than 1,500 bikes at 165 stations, local bike shops got a little nervous. Why would someone buy a new bike for hundreds of dollars when they could hop on a bike any time they wished for just $50 per year? It turns out their fears were for naught. Bike store own...
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As congressional negotiators near a deal for a massive transportation bill, bicycling and pedestrian advocates say access to funding used by local governments to make streets safer may be eliminated as part of the final compact.  A deal is expected to be announced as early as today on a two-year, $109 billion transportation funding measure for roadways, bridges, and mass...
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Improving the mobility of D.C.'s low-income and disabled residents is the focus of several projects getting the thumbs-up from the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. In a unanimous vote, the board voted to approve nine projects aimed at improving mobility options for low income and disabled commuters in the District. Continued funding was approved f...