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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 nation’s top transportation official is intensifying his pressure on D.C., Maryland and Virginia to create a new Metro safety oversight body in 2016. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sent letters Monday to legislative leaders in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia that repeated his threat to withhold transit funding for the three jurisdictions if they can’t come togethe...
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"Everybody, let's ride!" With those words, a beaming Mayor Muriel Bowser launched D.C.'s long-delayed streetcar line along H Street Northeast on Saturday morning, more than 50 years after Washington's old streetcar network was closed down to be converted to buses. Several hundred people attended the fanfare at the corner of H and 13 Streets, smack dab in the commercial...
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More than two years after the initial deadline passed, a project to install wireless coverage in more than 100 miles of rail tunnels will begin — part of a larger effort to upgrade the underground communications systems used by first responders, Metro leaders said on Thursday. “Our customers need it. Because of the incidents we’ve had, they want instant communication no ...
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After more than a decade of planning, construction, and delays that spanned four mayoral administrations, Washington’s first streetcar line since 1962 is ready to launch on Saturday — amid a good deal of negativity and doubt.  The $200 million project’s troubled history has eroded much of the excitement that greeted the initiative to bring rail transit to the two-mi...
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Metro is hiring private security guards to pick up certain tasks — like guarding transfers of money — so that an additional 17 transit cops can be freed up to patrol railcars, platforms, and buses.The announcement by Metro Transit police chief Ron Pavlik comes a day after a 24-year-old...
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This story has been updated. In a sign of increasing impatience with leaders in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the nation’s top transportation official said he intends to contact their legislatures to urge passage of bills to create a new oversight body to regulate Metro safety. The move by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx comes t...
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The problems swamping the D.C. region’s transit system are deeper than the public has been led to believe but not insurmountable, according to a report prepared for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) by the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. The 65-page report, not yet released to the public but obtained by WAMU 88.5, provides an ...
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The nation’s top transportation official made the wrong move when he transferred the direct safety oversight of Metrorail to the Federal Transit Administration, federal safety officials said Monday. “We … believe that the FTA has very limited ability to effectively oversee WMATA,” said Christopher Hart, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, in the ...
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Three months after a complaint forced Metro to agree to study platform crowding throughout its rail system, the transit authority continues to refuse to release any information about its work to deal with a problem that is among riders’ biggest frustrations. On Nov. 10 a rider ...
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After years of delays and millions of dollars in cost overruns, the long-awaited streetcar along H Street and Benning Road NE will start carrying passengers on Saturday, Feb. 27. No, really. Mayor Muriel Bowser made the announcement on Thursday, only a week after a long-delayed safety certification for t...
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This story has been updated. The District failed to strike the right balance between clearing roads and sidewalks following the massive Jan. 23 snowstorm, city legislators and residents said at a D.C. Council hearing Thursday. As roads were plowed, many sidewalks remained impassable as Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) did not enforce a new law requiring homeowners ...
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The region's transportation planners are juggling bus lanes, bike lanes, and major highway and rail expansions in an effort to tackle the Washington metropolitan area's notorious mobility problems. The proposed projects are tossed up in the air by the District and the suburbs and they land in a stack at the Transportation Planning Board, where they get in line for the federal dollars ...
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High-ranking officials at the Metropolitan Police Department met the representatives of cab companies and individual taxi drivers to discuss their complaints alleging police harassment, following a WAMU 88.5 report on questionable tickets issued to cabbies in Northeast Washing...
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Safety oversight officials within the D.C. Fire and EMS Department have approved the long-delayed, oft-criticized H Street-Benning Road streetcar project, pending a final review expected to wrap up in the next week. The safety certification comes about 18 months after project lead...
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Metro’s second-ranking official has resigned, according to a memo by WMATA General manager Paul Wiedefeld sent to all transit authority employees Thursday night. The resignation of Rob Troup, who oversaw Metrorail's operations, maintenance and capital rebuilding program, came hours after he attempted to explain why an ...
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Safety oversight officials within the D.C. Fire and EMS Department have approved the long-delayed, oft-criticized H Street-Benning Road streetcar project, pending a final review expected to wrap up in the next week. The city's first streetcar line since 1962 may start carrying passengers along the Northeast D.C. corridor “on or after Feb. 26,” ...
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Updated 1 p.m. Metro is faulting human error for a red light overrun that resulted in an Orange Line train coming within 200 feet of another train shortly after midnight on Feb. 3. The train operator and a rail traffic controller were suspended pending the investigation into the potentially dangerous incident. The operator of Orange Line train No. 904 misunde...
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Metro is bleeding paying customers so severely that its overall ridership figures have dipped to levels not seen since 2004, with Saturday ridership down a staggering 17 percent, according to documents that will be presented to the transit authority's board of directors on Thursday. While multiple factors are contributing to the downward trend, most troubling is the fact tha...
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After years of study and much prodding from frustrated commuters, the District is moving ahead with plans to designate a rush hour bus lane on one of its busiest corridors, 16th Street NW. The project for the S line, which carries more than 20,000 passengers daily, is expected to take two to four years to complete, further testing the patience of riders who have been squeez...
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Federal officials are threatening to withhold transit funding from D.C., Maryland and Virginia unless they establish a new Metro safety oversight body by Feb. 9, 2017, according to letters sent by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) acting administrator Therese McMillan to the leaders of the three jurisdictions on Monday. The threat...