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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 sight of a well-dressed professional pulling out his laptop and typing emails during the morning commute is an everyday occurrence for riders on the Metro. In the not-too-distant future, drivers who now grit their teeth in soul-crushing Beltway traffic may be able relax and use their commutes productively too, as designers of self-driving — or autonomous — vehicles p...
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When you sit on the bus or stand on a train platform nonchalantly holding your smart phone inches from your eyes, you are an easy target. Thefts of mobile devices are soaring in major cities across the country with many of the robberies occurring in mass transit systems. Cell phones targetted by thieves In the District of Columbia, Metropolitan Police ...
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Real estate developers are talking about grand plans to turn Tysons Corner into a modern city where people can live, work, and play. But those plans would not be possible without the Silver Line to Dulles Airport. The vision for Tysons Corner imagines taking the area from 17,000 residents to 100,000 and from 100,000 daily workers to 200,000. There will also be high-rise condos...
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, commonly called MWAA, would be just another public agency if it not for its responsibility overseeing the Metro rail project to Dulles Airport. In recent months, the agency's spending and ethical practices have come under intense scrutiny, and one MWAA board member in particular, labor union official Dennis Martire, was criticized by name ...
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After being mired in construction for the last five years, the 495 Express Lanes between the Dulles Toll Road and the Interstate 395/95 interchange will soon be open for motorists. On Wednesday, the highway's operators opened their command center in Alexandria, Va. The center will operate around the clock, with staffers monitoring traffic volume in order to compute toll rates....
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Dennis Martire's resignation from the board of directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority went into effect Wednesday. He served since 2009, and announced his resignation in August.  Martire's name is not exactly on the lips of ...
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The Fairfax Board of Supervisors has given final approval to a massive transportation funding plan for the future Tysons Corner.  The Tysons Plan looks 40 years into the future, anticipating 113 million square feet of development will happen by 2050 in a modern city rising west of Washington.  The board on Tuesday approved $2.3 billion to build a new transportat...
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For the thousands of commuters who spend too much of their lives sitting in traffic on the Washington area's hopelessly congested roads, the future may not look much better than the present. Despite some large investments in mass transit projects, like the Silver Line rail link to Dulles Airport, about three-fourths of all economic activity — from shopping to commuting to work — w...
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The roads, bridges, and rails that you commute on could be getting considerably less funding for repairs and improvements if automatic federal budget cuts take effect in January. If Congress fails to pass a long-term deficit-reduction plan, the process know as sequestration takes effect. The highway trust fund would be exempt from cuts, but funds for infrastructure projects co...
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One of the biggest gripes about D.C.'s taxicabs is that so few of them accept credit cards, but that may change starting today. The D.C. Council passed regulations last spring requiring all cabs to have credit card machines, but the changeover has since been mired in red tape. The D.C. government is still trying to ...
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The battle over the internet-based sedan service Uber in the District of Columbia has taken another twist. Uber — which allows you to order a ride with a smart phone app — would be able to operate legally in the district without restrictions on what it may charge you, under a proposal by Council member Jack Evans. His proposal follows months of debate over whether the inte...
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This is the fourth and final part of 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 tran...
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An outgoing member of the agency running the Silver Line rail project is firing back at U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood after LaHood  criticized the group's spending and ethics.  In a letter sent to LaHood’s office Tuesday, Metrop...
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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...