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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 lead contractor building Phase I of the Silver Line Metrorail project has yet to submit a timeline for rectifying several significant problems delaying the opening of the rail system from D.C. through Tysons Corner to Reston, Va. One reason why the Silver Line is not ready to b...
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The storm that buried the Washington metropolitan area on Feb. 13 made traveling a mess, but bike and pedestrian advocates say there is another way of looking at the snow since plowed into piles at street corners that could benefit urban planners. The aftermath of the storm provided a template for improved streetscapes by creating “snow neckdowns,” or as they became known ...
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Transportation reporter Martin Di Caro gives us an update on the Silver Line's potential opening date. Also, we'll find out how some D.C. cabbies are getting around new credit card mandates, and why some politicians are raising new questions about the much-debated Purple Line project in Maryland. [Music: "A to B" by The Futureheads from The Futureheads / "Quicksilver...
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Tomorrow marks the last day on the job for one of D.C.'s most influential public officials, who is leaving her District office to take a job in the Obama administration. In her eight years heading the Office of Planning, Harriet Tregoning says she has tried to make the city's neighborhoods more livable by making them friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists, places where residen...
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The head of the D.C. Taxicab Commission says a significant number of cab drivers are still refusing to accept their passengers' credit cards. D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) says her daughter was told by a cab driver: "Sorry, cash only." "She said you know what? I am going to go into my house now and get you the cash, but I am going to report you to the Taxica...
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is days away from making a key determination about the completion of the Silver Line Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner. The airports authority has until Monday to determine whether it accepts contractor Bechtel's finding that the Silver Line is ready to hand to Metro for final testing. Pat Nowakowsi is the rail pr...
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Three of the candidates running to succeed Democrat Martin O’Malley as Maryland’s governor plus the running mate of a fourth stated their support for the $2.2 billion Purple Line project at a candidates forum in Silver Spring Tuesday, but they conceded questions concerning funding and operation of the proposed 16-mile light rail system from Bethesda to New Carrollton remain to be ...
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Unlike his recent predecessors, Virginia's new secretary of transportation will have the advantage of adequate funding — possibly not enough for all the commonwealth’s road and rail needs, but a large infusion of tax revenues nonetheless thanks to the passage of a transportation funding overhaul by the General Assembly. By eliminating the state gas tax and increasing the state sal...
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Metro's chief executive pleaded with regional leaders on Wednesday to lobby Congress for funding to complete the transit authority's ambitious plans to expand rail capacity and improve service over the next decade. In remarks to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) board of directors, Metro general manager Richard Sarles said the transit authority would nee...
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Automated speed cameras deployed throughout D.C. are slowing down drivers and reducing crashes and related injuries, according to a study of 87 existing speed camera locations (pdf) by the District Department of Transportation. The D.C. Council charged DDOT to complete the analysis of the relati...
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The McAuliffe administration's top transportation official says the state will seek to complete a study of one of the region's most controversial ideas to reduce congestion. Legislation to consider the construction of a new Potomac River bridge connecting Virginia and Maryland, backed by State Del. Tom Ru...
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More than 2,200 bicycling enthusiasts and advocates have signed a petition designed to pressure the National Park Service and District Department of Transportation to finish repaving and upgrading the popular but crumbling Rock Creek Park walking and biking trail. The last public meeti...
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The family of the elderly man who died of a heart attack after firefighters in NE D.C. failed to help is demanding justice. They stood across the street from the firehouse where 77-year-old Cecil Mills died; his family demanding the District fire everyone involved ...
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For people who don't want to take the time to hail a cab on the street in D.C., several car services are available that can be ordered with a smartphone app. But concerns about passenger safety have prompted officials to take action on these previously unregulated services. Since they launched in D.C., the smartphone-based car services UberX, Sidecar and Lyft have regulated th...
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Four months after the start of universal credit card acceptance in D.C. cabs, District regulators say most of the glitches that delayed payments and angered drivers in October have been fixed, although some frustration and confusion remains among the city’s more than 8,000 cabbies who are still adjusting to the new landscape of cashless payments. The original field of nine...
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Technology that can reduce non-alcohol-related car crashes by 80 percent and save thousands of lives will be required in all new automobiles sold in the United States, said federal safety officials at a news conference at Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington. After decades of making cars safer in the event of a crash, the new mandate would require automakers to manu...
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One of the Washington metropolitan region’s most congested highways could be expanded to include EZ Pass-only toll lanes that also would be used by express buses and HOV commuters, one of ten concepts for the future of I-66 the Virginia Department of Transportation unveiled during a public meeting in Vienna Thursday night. “Extending Metrorail is one of the concepts. So ...
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Metro's top executive says cold weather is mostly to blame for another morning of mechanical problems that snarled trains on four of Metro's five rail lines. Disabled trains led to long delays in the heart of rush hour on all lines but the Yellow Line. One morning last week, all five lines had problems, and Metro General Manager Richard Sarles even got stuck waiting on a free...
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In their final debate before two deciding caucus votes scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, the three Democratic candidates running for their party’s nomination to fill a vacant seat on the county board laid out their positions on one of the most divisive issues in the race: the future of the $300 million Columbia Pike streetcar project. Candidates Peter Fallon, Alan Howze, ...