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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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In some parts of Fairfax, accessing new Silver Line stations is made difficult by incomplete sidewalks. (Martin Di Caro/WAMU) Days before the $3 bill...
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See the full Fairfax Connector system with route changes (pdf). ...
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Congress may be on the verge of passing a short-term extension to keep the Highway Trust Fund from running out of money. The fund that pays for road and transit maintenance and construction will run out of money next May at the latest. That means Congress will once again be faced with a choice: pass another temporary extension or approve a long-term transportation program....
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Some Metro rail commuters began their work week on a grumpy note, and it had nothing to do with the mere fact that it was Monday morning. Reductions in Blue Line service to one train every 12 minutes went into effect, lengthening the commute for some workers heading into D.C. from Virginia at rail stations from Pentagon south to Franconia-Springfield. The new rail schedule i...
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When new toll lanes open early next year along I-95 in Northern Virginia, stretching nearly 30 miles between the I-395 interchange and Stafford County, project leaders expect that one of the most successful HOV corridors in the country will continue to attract carpoolers to job centers inside the regional core. The 95 Express Lanes will offer commuters a choice: ride in an ...
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The Arlington County Board is ready to move ahead on a plan to pay for the Columbia Pike streetcar, and the county is planning to build the controversial project without federal money. Applying for federal dollars is time-consuming and potentially fruitless, so the county board is expected to approve a plan tomorrow to pay for the $330 million streetcar system without federa...
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When Virginia transportation officials on Thursday unveiled plans designed to ease the commute on one of the region’s most congested highways, a future of high speed, long distance travel by automobile came into view, a vision smart-growth advocates generally say Northern Virginia...
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's plan to widen I-66 from the Beltway to Haymarket by building two toll lanes in each direction is raising questions about how the state is tackling traffic congestion. The McAuliffe administration is not interested in tolling existing lanes on interst...
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If Interstate 66 is a commuting nightmare, Virginia dreams of offering you a faster ride for a price. The highway would be widened to five lanes in each direction from the Beltway to Haymarket, under plans unveiled by the Virginia Department of Transportation to fix one of the region's most congested commuting corridors. Three lanes would be open to all traffic; tw...
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An intersection that gained a reputation as dangerous for both motorists and pedestrians along the Maryland Avenue Northeast corridor has received a makeover. Just weeks after librarian Elizabeth Lang was badly injured when she was run down in a crosswalk by a tax...
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As expected, Congress is moving toward approving a short-term fix for the depleted fund that pays for highway and transit projects. In a bipartisan vote, the House passed an $11 billion plan to replenish the highway trust fund, 367-55. The Senate is expected to pass it, too, and send it to the President's desk. Despite intense calls for something much more substan...
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The H Street-Benning Road streetcar line, Washington’s first in a half century, will open for passenger service the first week of November at the earliest, according to a project source. Under this best-case scenario, the streetcar would open almost a year after the District had first hoped. Multiple predictions by officials, ...
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New regulations for the app-based, on-demand “ridesharing” services UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar in Washington are being put on hold until the fall. Legislation being crafted by D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) will not be finished until after the council returns from its summer recess in mid-September, leaving riders in limbo over whether the drivers, who use their ...
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Drivers are being advised to start preparing now for a new highway in Northern Virginia that will open early next year. The builders of the 95 Express Lanes invited reporters to a new flyover ramp in Springfield—one of four such structures being built along 30 miles of what will be high-occupancy toll lanes connecting Fairfax an...
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The District has more than 70 miles of bike lanes, but none in Ward 8. That will change this summer. Three short bike lanes are scheduled to be built this summer in Ward 8. Jim Sebastian at the District Department of Transportation says one will be on Martin Luther King Avenue SE, another on Malcolm X Avenue SE, and the third will be painted on Galveston Street SW. ...
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A New York man visiting D.C. on business says he was kidnapped by a driver for the on-demand sedan service Uber and taken on a harrowing ride into Virginia. Ryan Simonetti and two coworkers ordered an Uber Black sedan through the Uber smartphone app Tuesday afternoon near the National Mall. According to so...
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The Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. Medicare and Medicaid. These are some of the landmark pieces of legislation that come to mind when considering the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the civil rights bill, considered one of the most important legislative acts in U.S. history. Today, July 9, ...
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Many D.C. roads are in bad shape, and one legislator says the District isn't fixing them fast enough. After a brutal winter, the District Department of Transportation said it filled more than 50,000 potholes. Still, many local roads are crumbling. A quarter of them have a pavement condition rated "poor," 12 percent are "very poor," and two percent are rated "failed" by DDOT....
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There was only one problem with the zebras the District Department of Transportation installed on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest last October: they did not work. The heavy duty plastic humps – three feet long and five inches high – were bolted down between 12th and 13th Streets on either side of the median cycle track to deter motorists from making illegal U-turns over th...
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As Metro continues its system-wide rebuilding program that will run through 2017, transit authority officials say real progress has been made fixing track and signaling infrastructure to improve the reliability of rail service. Yet on a day-to-day basis, railcar breakdowns and resultant delays frustrate riders recently ticked by another fare increase. If commuters judge the ...