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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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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he's confident the H Street and Benning Road Streetcar line will open as scheduled next year. In December, a contract for two streetcars was canceled, raising doubts about the city's plans to open the system on time next year. Now Gray says the District will pay the company Oregon Iron Works to manufacture two streetcars, to be added to the thr...
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Anyone who gets stuck in traffic on the Beltway today might wish the Year 2000 Plan would have been realized: three circumferential Beltways ringing the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with multiple bridges crossing the Potomac River, connecting Maryland and Virginia. The Year 2000 Plan never made it out of the 1960s, leaving present day drivers with a single, traffic-jamme...
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Part personal adventure, part act of environmental consciousness, best friends Boris Mordkovich and Anna Mostovetsky chose a challenging way to raise awareness about the benefits of bicycle commuting at a time of $4 gasoline: a 4,000-mile cross country tour. Mordkovich, 26, and Mostovetsky, 25, would not strike the casual observer as trans-continental bicyclists. He is a direc...
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They come in a variety of shapes, are several inches deep, and can cost hundreds of dollars in car repair bills. We're talking about potholes. In an effort to eliminate some of them, the District is launching its annual Potholepalooza Tuesday. Drivers cringe at the sound of their tires making their way along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard's bumpy stretch of pavement in the...
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Low-income families in the D.C. region will soon be able to take advantage of a program offering low-interest loans to buy or repair used cars. The program, called Ways to Work, aims to give poor people access to transportation that will improve their job prospects. Those who want to participate must have past credit problems and must take a financial literacy class. ...
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Racial profiling was the topic of discussion last night at a community meeting in Southeast D.C. It was prompted by the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, which sparked nationwide protests. About 100 people attended the panel discussion organized by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's (D) Commission on Black Men and Boys.  Whether it's by the police, a s...
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Phase 2 of the Dulles Metrorail project is on the agenda in Fairfax County today. The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote later this morning to confirm the county's participation in the $2.7 billion project, despite reservations about the cost. All parties -- Fairfax and Loudoun counties, the state of Virginia, and Dulles airport travelers -- want to see the rail line ext...
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Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) has declared April Distracted Driving month. Many drivers say they simply can't cut their addiction to devices while driving. One driver who wished to remain anonymous, pulled into a gas station talking on a hand-held cell phone while trying to maneuver to the pumps -- and shrugged it off. "Because I'm calm, I'm just talking, you know," he sa...
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Climbing into a taxicab in Washington, D.C. doesn't guarantee a pleasant ride. The cab may be old or dirty, the cabbie may not know his way around, and the rider better carry cash. City leaders say the current state of the taxi industry is embarrassing to a capital city visited by 20 million tourists annually. The District's 6,500 taxicabs would undergo a major makeover under ...
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You pay for electricity, you pay for your phone and Internet, you pay for most, if not all, of the services you use every day. Why not pay for highways? Well, pretty soon, that will be the case in part of Virginia. Virginia transportation officials are banking on drivers' willingness to pay a premium for a faster commute on the 495 Express Lanes set to open late this year. ...
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The region is celebrating 'Bike to Work Day' in an effort to promote bicycling to work as a fun, healthy, environmentally friendly, and low-cost alternative to drive-alone commuting. The event, organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, drew more than 11,000 participants last year. Cyclists can join what are called "commuter co...
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The completion of the eastern segment of the Intercounty Connector in late November promised to transform commuting by opening an 18-mile toll road cutting east-west across Montgomery County. Four months later, changes are evident in shorter commute times. Drivers may opt for the new highway instead of taking congested local roads or, if they need to travel from I-370 to I-95, the bel...
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Metro is taking steps to make trains and buses safer for riders after complaints from victims of sexual harassment. Some women would like to see more security, because they report being stared at, groped, subjected to sexual comments, or even occasionally followed by strangers in the Metro. It's a busy transit system in a big city, and incidents are not uncommon. Just ask ...
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A little more than four years after eight people were killed in Maryland in the worst illegal drag racing incident in memory, police say a combination of law enforcement efforts have reduced the dangerous activity. Indian Head Highway/Route 210 in Prince George's County became a scene of death and carnage on a night in February 2008, when a car plowed into a crowd of spectator...
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Circuit Court Judge James Clark has rejected an attempt to stop Alexandria's waterfront redevelopment plan for sites along the Potomac. Clark ruled that he could not order city officials to retroactively accept a petition by a group of residents to force a new vote. The residents had petitioned the city to require a supermajority of the Alexandria City Council to approve th...
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Circuit Court Judge James Clark has rejected an attempt to stop Alexandria's waterfront redevelopment plan for sites along the Potomac. Clark ruled that he could not order city officials to retroactively accept a petition by a group of residents to force a new vote. The residents had petitioned the city to require a supermajority of the Alexandria City Council to approve th...
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By this time Wednesday Virginia lawmakers will be back in Richmond trying to hammer out a two-year state budget. Questions remain over whether they will add more dollars to fund transportation projects that advocates say Virginia cannot do without. Standing near the intersection of Route 7 and Lewinsville Road, west of Tyson's Corner, the volume of traffic can drown out the so...
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In an effort to rid one of the nation's most heavily used mass transit systems of broken escalators, dimly lit stations and out-of-date buses and rail cars, Metro is undergoing its largest rebuilding project since the transit authority opened its doors in 1976. Metro's five-year, $5.9 billion capital improvements plan budgets $952 million for fiscal year 2013. The list of thin...
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Longer days are on the way. But the arrival of daylight saving time may mean more than just a lost hour of sleep. According to some studies, those 60 minutes may be enough to cause problems to the following Monday morning's commute. According to some research, there may be increased traffic accidents Monday morning following Sunday's time change. "A lot of motori...
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The U.S. Senate will resume debate on a two-year $109 billion transportation funding bill next week. All the uncertainty surrounding this legislation is making states, including Maryland, nervous about planning major projects. The Purple Line in the Maryland suburbs is expected to cost nearly $2 billion and be completed in 2020. Jack Cahalan is a spokesman for the Maryland Dep...