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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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Metro is restarting its search for a new general manager after three finalists to replace the retired Richard Sarles pulled out of consideration. The selection process was scrapped because of major disagreements among Metro’s board of directors and D.C. and Maryland government officials, according to a ...
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The District’s new taxicab chief hopes to bring taxis to long underserved neighborhoods as early as this spring, modeling his program on New York’s green cab system that created a fleet of vehicles to serve that city’s outer boroughs. “We are a city of 650,000 people and 225,000 of us don’t have adequate taxicab service,” said Eric Rogers, the interim chairman of...
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Updated 8 a.m., March 5. Arlington County leaders are considering cutting money out of a fund for bicycling and pedestrian improvements, angering biking and walking advocates who contend that the relatively small budget savings would set back efforts to make roads safer for all users. At the request of the county board, Arlington County Manager Barbara Donne...
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One of my favorite DC winter photos of a statue that is NOT of a dead prESIDENT or icon: The Gaithersburg Skaters pic.twitter.com/3bIVV7lXkl— Armando Trull (@trulldc) March 5, 2015...
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Washington, D.C., does not lack for transport options. The city has car-sharing in the form of ZipCar and Car2Go, ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, the popular Capital Bikeshare program, taxicabs, public bus lines and Metro rail. This spring there will be another alternative at your fingertips: Bridj. Bridj is an app-based, point-to-point bus service create...
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The Bowser administration is adopting Vision Zero, a program embraced by six other U.S. cities to date designed to eliminate all traffic fatalities. A formal announcement is expected in the next couple weeks, an administration spokesman said, and the mayor declined to speculate on specific aspects of the program’s implementation in brief remarks with WAMU 88.5 on Monday....
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has named a new chief of the Fire and EMS Department: It's the former chief of Seattle's firefighters. Gregory Dean was a member of the Seattle Fire Department for 44 years, the last decade as its chief. Then he retired, but his retirement did not last long. Monday he found himself inside a D.C. firehouse, promising to bring what he calls "much-neede...
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A new escalator installed as part of Metro’s systemwide rehabilitation program is undergoing a costly, major repair, just two and a half years after it opened with the fanfare of a ribbon cutting ceremony. The middle of three escalators at the Dupont Circle South station entrance has been...
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In a significant departure from the previous administration, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is not committed to extending the District’s first streetcar line since 1962 beyond the opening 2.2-miles along H Street and Benning Road Northeast, jeopardizing plans her pred...
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Metro’s board of directors shelved a proposal on Thursday to raise rail and bus fares about a dime and make substantial service cuts in order to close a projected budget deficit of about $100 million, leaving it to the transit authority’s eight county and city jurisdictions to pay more to cover Metro’s operating expenses. Faced with both declining revenues from lower r...
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Neither Metro nor the four major wireless carriers can say whether they will complete long-delayed work to provide cellphone coverage in Metro rail tunnels as a Sept. 30 deadline looms, three years after the original deadline passed. Among the safety failures thus far exposed in the ...
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Washington taxi drivers soon may have a new word in their job description: ambassador. In his first interview since his appointment as interim chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission, Eric Rogers said professional cabbies must improve their customer service in order to compete with cheaper ride-hailing alternatives such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. “An ambassador is...
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Updated Feb. 25, 8:15 a.m. One of the keys to Uber’s emergence as a popular alternative to taxicabs in the Washington metropolitan region has been its convenience. No matter where you order a ride, an Uber black limousine or discount UberX driver is just minutes away. But there may be one domain still ruled by the established taxi industry: the region’s major ai...
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The planned start of construction of the 16-mile Purple Line between Bethesda and New Carrollton may be delayed because of a decision by Maryland’s new governor to give private sector firms five more months to submit their bids to build and operate the $2.4 billion light rail system, project supporters and federal transportation officials said on Monday. The four private c...
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Virginia is proposing a large fine against the freight rail carrier CSX Transportation for last year's train derailment that dumped nearly 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the James River in Lynchburg. Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality is proposing a $361,000 fine ag...
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Construction of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's counties is supposed to start by the end of the year, but another delay has supporters questioning the light rail system's future in Maryland. The four private companies who want to build and operate the Purple Line have received a five-month extension to make their bids, pushing the deadline back to mid-Augus...
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What is the sharing economy? However an imprecise term, it is changing the way we get around town and spend and borrow money, shaking up established industries and demonstrating that traditional consumer protection regulations are outmoded, according to a study by libertarian economists at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. In the personal transportation sector, Wash...
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The issue of commuter rail safety has dominated the news since the deadly smoke incident on Metro's Yellow Line at L'Enfant Plaza six weeks ago. Now federal officials are moving to strengthen the oversight of public transit systems. At a news conference...
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Nearly two months after opening to traffic, the I-95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia — stretching 30 miles between the I-395 interchange and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County — appear to be paying off on the promise to HOV-3 carpoolers. More than a third of the highway’s workday users are carpooling, and a website that tracks dozens of slugging locations says a ...
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The private sector firm that operates the 495 Express Lanes along the Beltway in Northern Virginia is down more than $230 million on its investment in the two and a half years since the highway opened, but company officials say toll revenues are beginning to consistently exceed operating costs, a sign the project is winning over commuters in one of the region’s most congested corrid...