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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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This article is the third part of an ongoing series. The first part dealt with the various options on the table for the Loudoun County Board as it considers Silver line funding options, while the second story addresses the federal government's role —...
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This article is the second part of an ongoing series. The first article dealt with the various options on the table for Loudoun County to fund the project. As the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors weighs a big decision that will affect the future of one of the largest publ...
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This is the first article in an ongoing series. With time running down to a critical deadline, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is weighing a range of options to pay for the county's $270 million commitment to Phase 2 of the Silver Line Metro rail project to Dulles Airport.  The alternatives under consideration — and the scant time to reach a decision ...
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The Commonwealth of Virginia now says it won't pull its funding for the next phase of the Silver line rail project to Dulles Airport. Now, it's up to Loudoun County to decide whether it will participate. The state will provide its committed $150 million in funding, Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton confirmed Wednesday to WAMU 88.5.  This confirmation came...
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The next phase of the Dulles Rail project will not give preference to construction contractors who promise to hire union workers.  Although the Metropolitan Airports Authority Board previously included a project labor agreement (PLA) as part of the construction plan, board members voted this morning to remove the PLA from the project in order to ensure continued state fun...
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Phase 2 of the Metro Dulles rail project, known as the Silver Line, is either a boondoggle or the key to Loudoun County’s economic future, depending upon whom you ask. Nearly 200 people packed a public hearing before the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Monday night to weigh in on whether the county should remain part of the $2.7 billion plan to connect Metro rail to Dull...
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to keep a controversial pro-labor provision in its plans for Phase 2 of the Silver Line. Publicly, the airports authority leadership has defended the project labor agreement, or PLA, that caused the Republican-led Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and the Virginia Gener...
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Through the support of the Green Lane Project, an initiative that aims to bring more bike-friendly infrastructure to cities across the country, the District is starting the planning process for new lanes for cyclists. They're mapped along L and M Streets, NW, and 1st Street as well as near Union Station. To help fund the effort, D.C has received grants from the bi...
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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a final report on three Metro accidents, including a 2010 incident at the Rockville station that killed two technicians. The NTSB faulted what it calls Metro's inadequate safeguards designed to protect workers from approaching hi-rail vehicles--in the January 2010 accident, the technicians were killed while they were repa...
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A month before Loudoun County officials must decide whether they will withdraw from the largest public transportation project currently under construction in the country, they have big decisions to weigh about how they might fund the county’s $200 million commitment to the $2.7 billion Phase 2 of the Dulles Metro Rail project, if they fund it at all. All nine members of the...
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Older D.C. residents may remember their city's streetcar era. The trolleys stopped operating in 1962, a full half-century ago. In Georgetown, where streetcars started running in the late 19th century, the tracks remained in place on O and P Streets. The roads, however, became an obstacle course for cars as the underground conduit that used to contain electric cables eroded, sinking th...
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Transportation planners are expected to publicly release recommendations in September on improving public transportation throughout northern Virginia as part of the Commonwealth's Super NoVa vision plan for the next three decades. The unofficial border of northern Virginia as outlined on a map today contains several counties including Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, and Loudou...
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Metro's investigation team was able to replicate the mechanical problem that led to two incidents of uncommanded door openings on a Red Line train this week. On Tuesday morning, riders told a Metro worker the doors were opening on their Red Line tra...
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Compared to major U.S. metropolitan areas, Washington D.C. is one of the best when it comes to the choices available to commuters who want to avoid the congestion of the Beltway. We have the Metro, buses, and a new, popular bike share program. Compared to other cities across the globe, however, Washington is somewhat lacking in transportation innovation, but advocates and government o...
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What was routine a couple generations ago is now relatively rare. Nearly 50 percent of Americans kids walked or biked to school in 1969. Today the figure is 13 percent. The decline in children's physical activity is blamed on an array of factors, from the design of road systems to accommodate automobiles instead of pedestrians and bicyclists, to poor parenting. Whateve...
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A Virginia citizens group says the most critical issue surrounding the construction of Phase 2 of Metro's Silver Line to Dulles Airport is tolls, which are projected to rise to $6 or more on the Dulles Toll Road. A pro-union provision proposed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority got most of the attention this week, when federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he's confident the H Street and Benning Road Streetcar line will open as scheduled next year. In December, a contract for two streetcars was canceled, raising doubts about the city's plans to open the system on time next year. Now Gray says the District will pay the company Oregon Iron Works to manufacture two streetcars, to be added to the thr...
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Anyone who gets stuck in traffic on the Beltway today might wish the Year 2000 Plan would have been realized: three circumferential Beltways ringing the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with multiple bridges crossing the Potomac River, connecting Maryland and Virginia. The Year 2000 Plan never made it out of the 1960s, leaving present day drivers with a single, traffic-jamme...
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Part personal adventure, part act of environmental consciousness, best friends Boris Mordkovich and Anna Mostovetsky chose a challenging way to raise awareness about the benefits of bicycle commuting at a time of $4 gasoline: a 4,000-mile cross country tour. Mordkovich, 26, and Mostovetsky, 25, would not strike the casual observer as trans-continental bicyclists. He is a direc...
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They come in a variety of shapes, are several inches deep, and can cost hundreds of dollars in car repair bills. We're talking about potholes. In an effort to eliminate some of them, the District is launching its annual Potholepalooza Tuesday. Drivers cringe at the sound of their tires making their way along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard's bumpy stretch of pavement in the...