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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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Virginia would become the first state to eliminate its gasoline tax if a major transportation funding plan proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell is approved by the General Assembly. To fund ongoing maintenance and new transportation projects, McDonnell is asking lawmakers to do away with the 17.5-cent state gas tax — which was last increased in 1986 — and replace it by raising th...
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More than two years after adopting a plan to modernize Tysons Corner, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is ready to vote tonight on a tax increase to pay for a new transportation grid there. Both businesses and residential properties in Tysons Corner would be taxed to raise $250 million over 40 years to help pay for road improvements to accommodate expected population an...
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Metro bus riders are getting what they've wanted for years: extra rush hour service along New Hampshire Avenue between Maryland and D.C. Lynn Mason moved from Fort Totten to Montgomery County seven years ago, leaving her with one commuting option: the crowded K6 line. "I don't even like to ride it and sometimes it doesn't come on time," Mason says.  "You have to w...
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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 to l...
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Things were very quiet inside the new 495 Express Lanes operations center — and that's exactly how the company operating the new highway wants it to be. Since opening in late November, the operations center has been manned around the clock, with at least two controlroom operators watching dozens of cameras at headquarters, based near the southern tip of the new, 14-mile corr...
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The District of Columbia's 2012 murder statistics are in and the city had its lowest number of homicides in half a century. It's a statistic politicians are eager to publicize. "We are on course now to have the lowest number of homicides since 1960," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said at a press conference this week.  Reducing violent crime will continue to be one of hi...
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As of Tuesday, it now costs more to drive on the Dulles Toll Road. The full, one-way toll increased by 50 cents to $2.75 — that's 25 cents more at the Main Toll Plaza and an additional 25 cents at the on/off ramps. To the commuter who takes the road every day, that will amount to an extra $260 in 2013. The tolls are scheduled to increase again in January 2014 by another 75 c...
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To elected officials, real estate developers, and state transportation planners, Dulles Airport is an untapped well of economic growth. The airport's biggest problem is the roads surrounding it, according to supporters of a plan to build a new north-south corridor west of the airport.  The Virginia Department of Transportation began discussing ...
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Maps and charts filled a high school auditorium in Loudoun County Tuesday night as the Virginia Department of Transportation held an open house to introduce to homeowners plans for a major north-south corridor in Prince William and Loudoun Counties that would ch...
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Northern Virginia needs more roads, and the question remains how the commonwealth can fund their construction. Democrats in the General Assembly are at odds with Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell over at least one proposal. Gov. Mcdonnell is asking the state legislature to divert $48 million of sales tax revenue to pay for roads. Northern Virginia Democratic Del. Bob Brink says hi...
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The agency managing the construction of the Silver Line rail project spent more than $1 million in legal fees in two lawsuits defending one of its board members in a battle with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. A confidential Metropolitan Airports Authority board memo obtained by WAMU 88.5 details $1.5 million in legal fees spent defending Dennis Martire, a board member and labor ...
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The leadership of the agency running the largest public transit project in the country says it is making progress toward cleaning up its contracting and hiring practices after a federal audit exposed shady dealings. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority chief executive Jack Potter wants it to be known his agency is adopting new travel, ethics, contracting and hiring polic...
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A federal safety board is recommending that all states require ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders. The five-member National Transportation Safety Board said the devices are currently the best available solution to reducing drunk driving deaths, which account for about a third of the nation's 32,000 traffic deaths each year. ...
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There was a lot of talk about D.C.'s taxi modernization plans Monday as D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray unveiled four proposed color schemes for District cabs, but the city's top taxi regulator would like to see the modernization  effort moving more quickly. The col...
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D.C. area residents will get their first look at the possible colors for the city's taxicabs. The city is proposing a uniform color scheme for the city's taxi fleets, and residents will get to choose which colors they like best. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray rolled out four of the possible color schemes — red/white, red/black, yellow/green and yellow/white — Monday at Verizon Ce...
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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 [...