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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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Whoever wins today’s mayoral election in D.C. will face big decisions about the District’s single biggest transportation project: the streetcar. The first 2.5 miles of streetcar tracks on H Street and Benning Road in Northeast Washington were never intended to be it. They were always just the start, says Gabe Klein, who ran the District Department of Transportation duri...
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A speed camera has been installed along a busy avenue in Northeast D.C. that cuts through a neighborhood of pretty homes, schools, parks, and libraries, the latest effort to improve pedestrian safety spearheaded by a determined group of residents. The camera placed at the intersection of Maryland Avenue, D Street, and 7th Street in the Capitol Hill neighborhood was one of ei...
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Many D.C. voters want to know how the next mayor is going to handle the District’s fledgling streetcar system or fund Metro’s long-term needs, but one group is more concerned with the oldest — and simplest — mode of transport: walking. You may be handed one on your way to work this morning, if you're walking on a sidewalk in D.C. The new pedestrian safety group ...
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It's Halloween, but those aren't ghostly hallucinations you're seeing at the gas station. Pump prices really are falling to their lowest level since the start of the decade. The last time gas prices dropped below $3 a gallon, Dracula was terrorizing the Transylvanian countryside. Actually, it was late 2010. But the horror show seems to be over...
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Now that the D.C. Council has given Uber and other app-based “ridesharing” services a formal okay to operate in Washington, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says the legislation represents a compromise that ensures consumers will have access to their preferred transportation choices with the necessary prot...
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Uber CEO Applauds Legislation Uber won. ...
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Click to see a map of the 2014 bond referendum projects. In Fairfax County, commuting has always been about the car. Whethe...
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The number of bicyclists killed in crashes with automobiles nationwide increased 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to a report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a group that represents states’ highway safety offices. Bicycling fatalities had been decre...
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Commuters who use one of the busiest connections between suburban Maryland and downtown Washington are in for major delays when a bridge replacement project begins next year. The 16th Street Bridge over Military Road NW will be replaced in an 11-month project that also will include improvements such as “installing a stone-faced median barrier on Military Road NW between Or...
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The first steps in a 25-year vision to improve mobility in the District were released Tuesday by Mayor Vincent Gray. The new two-year “action plan” — obtained in advance by WAMU 88.5 — is part of the immense moveDC plan which lays out future infrastructure investments, policy changes, and studies touching everything from bridge construction and bike lane installation...
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Kelly Dillon nearly lost her foot last year after a reckless driver crashed into a parked car, pinning her leg between the two bumpers. (Martin Di Caro/WAMU) One year after a school ...
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Later this week, D.C. residents will be able to apply for permits to carry concealed handguns — and that includes cab drivers. But the District’s top cop is asking lawmakers to remove cabbies from the eligible list. Under an emergency bill passed in Septemb...
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The Obama administration’s top transportation official said the coming lame duck session of Congress will present an opportunity to pass an elusive multi-year road and transit funding bill to end the cycle of short-term patches that keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke. In an interview with WAMU 88.5, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, in the midst of a...
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Nearly a hundred road improvements and two dozen transit projects now comprise the region’s official answer to forecasted population growth and traffic congestion, as representatives of local governments approved a long-range transportation plan on Wednesday at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). Inclusion in the plan means a project has the green lig...
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The year 2040 may seem like a long way off, but when it comes to the D.C. region's transportation needs, planners are putting together a long list of road and rail projects right now. Streetcar lines, light rail systems and hundreds of miles of new highway lanes are in the region's future. Extensions to D.C.'s H Street streetcar line, possible toll lanes on the bridges into t...
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Imagine living right across the road from your kid’s school, but instead of a quick walk every morning, your kids are taking the bus. That's exactly what is happening for one family in Montgomery County. Snowden Farm Parkway in Clarksburg was built for speed. The speed limit is 40, but you don't need a radar gun to see that some drivers are going much faster. And that is w...
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One reason why Uber is so popular in D.C. is its on-demand appeal. Anyone with a smartphone can order a ride, as opposed to a regular taxicab that usually has to be hailed on the street. But that may soon change. Last week, D.C. officials announced a plan to have all 7,000 taxicabs in the city to adopt the "One City, One Taxi" app, developed for the city to allow riders to e...
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A zoning rewrite seven years in the making is nearing completion, as District officials are moving forward on changes that may dramatically alter the parking landscape in certain parts of a city where two out of every five households are car-free. The D.C. Office of Zoning has given preliminary approval to new rules that will allow developers more leeway in deciding how much...
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A major highway expansion in Northern Virginia may be ready to open by the end of the year. The 95 Express Lanes were supposed to open early next year, but now the highway's builders say the project will be ready for commuters in December. Motorists on 95 have been passing through the construction zone all year: 30 miles of EZ Pass-only toll lanes that will run b...
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Dulles Airport is losing domestic passengers despite efforts to get more people book flights there. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority chief executive Jack Potter says Reagan National Airport is doing just fine when it comes to passenger growth, but resources there are being strained as a result. But Dulles, on the other hand, is seeing a decline in domestic passen...