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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.


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It's official: tolls are going up on the Dulles Toll Road. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board unanimously approved the hike, which will go into effect Jan. 1. The full one-way charge will be $2.75, a $0.50 increase. In 2014, that figure climbs to $3.50. Motorists will pay higher tolls so MWAA can pay the cost of the Silver Line rail project to Dulles...
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Heralded as the Beltway's largest expansion, the 495 Express Lanes opened ceremoniously Tuesday morning as Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) cut the ribbon on the $2 billion project in Tyson's Corner. Lawmakers say the kind of public-private partnership that funded the project will become the norm, unless Virginia can find new ways to raise revenue. Public-private partnership...
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Virginia transportation officials cut the ribbon today on the state's new highway: the 495 Express lanes. Those new electronic toll lanes have an impact on taxes for state residents โ€” even those who don't regularly drive the lanes, advocates say. The state gas tax in Virginia is 17.5 cents per gallon. It hasn't been raised since 1987. Gas taxes are low, as a rule, especially...
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As the anniversary of the Inter-County Connector approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority says the highway is meeting its traffic volume and revenue projections. But critics of the $3 billion road don't trust the state's data. Greg Smith of Maryland-based advocacy group Communi...
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A homeowners' group in Alexandria is fighting a proposal by Virginia transportation planners to build a highway ramp near their homes. Concerned Residents of Overlook, an upscale community adjacent to Interstate 395, is attempting to convince the Virginia Department of Transportation to relocate a ramp that will serve as the northern terminus of the 95 Express Lanes, 30 miles ...
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The operators of the 495 Express Lanes have set Saturday, Nov. 17 โ€” five days before Thanksgiving โ€” as opening day. The two new lanes in each direction spanning 14 miles between the Springfield interchange and the Dulles Toll Road will be E-ZPass only. Everybody needs an E-ZPass to use the express lanes. Carpools need the E-ZFlex for the toll-free trip. So far the Virginia...
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A federal audit report released today by the Department of Transportation's Inspector General details $220 million contracts, at least two-thirds of contracts awarded by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, were awarded without full or open competition. The agency that operates Dulles Inte...
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Now that life is returning to normal in the D.C. area, officials are focusing on the last threat posed by Hurricane Sandy's aftermath: flooding. Government offices, schools and Metro are open again and people are returning to work and sitting in traffic once more. The storm lingers, however, and District Director of Homeland Security Chris Geldart won't exhale until the Potoma...
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After a rare extended shut down of its entire rail and bus system, the first since 2003, Metro is ready to start carrying passengers again as Sandy departs. The ominous forecasts of what Sandy might have done has Metro officials feeling fortunate for the relative ease with which they will be able to reopen. "Given the magnitude of the storm, the potential for high wind...
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Metro Red Line riders are happy to see the return of the Dupont Circle south escalators, three of 94 escalators that will be entirely replaced across the rail system. Riders may need to be patient waiting for their station's replacements to be installed, however, as it will take at least fi...
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You may want to watch your speed when driving in the District, as lead-footed drivers are being drained of major dough. Speeders and red light runners caught by traffic cameras were hit for nearly $85 million in fines in fiscal year 2012, a record amount in D.C., according to information obtained by AAA. The worst road โ€” or best in the view of the District coffers โ...
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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 โ€” or autonomous โ€” 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 โ€” from shopping to commuting to work โ€” 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...