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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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Mention to D. Edward Vogel that he just won an $838,000 jury award and he answers in a voice dripping with incredulity. "Did I?" Yes, he did. But the owner of the famous Bengies Drive-In movie theater in Baltimore County says his third-generation family business is still teetering. Vogel successfully sued the ow...
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The Uber sedan car service escaped the District's first attempt to regulate the Internet-based company when Council member Mary Cheh dropped a proposal to establish a minimum fare, among other provisions, but Uber's independence may not last. Cheh plans to revive her proposal in the fall, and the chairman of the D.C. Taxicab ...
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It would cost $1.8 billion to construct Montgomery County's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), a system that county officials are close to approving. The plans call for 23 BRT corridors that could take about 20 years to complete. The county's transit task force envisions designated bus lanes hauling at least an estimated 165,000 commuters daily. But that vision is making some county res...
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We humans aren't the only ones who feel stress. Every day, our local roads and bridges take a pounding -- and engineers are using increasingly high-tech methods to determine how much stress we're putting on our infrastructure. Martin Di Caro hits the road with a group of VDOT engineers who use ultrasonic devices, ground penetrating radar and infrared thermographics to assess stress ...
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Environmentally aware consumers choose to eat vegetables and meat produced at local farms to avoid foods hauled over long distances by tractor trailers. Buying close to home also helps the local economy. It tastes better, too. Produce tastes fresher if eaten the day after it's picked and sold at a local farmer's market, unlike fruits and vegetables hauled across the country on a truc...
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Loudoun County Supervisors have voted to remain in the Dulles rail project, ending months of debate and uncertainty about whether the county would keep its commitment to the Silver Line. Lawmakers approved the project, which requires a $270 million investment by Lou...
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Four days before the big vote on the Silver Line rail project, a Loudoun County supervisor who was on the fence now says he will support the rail link to Dulles Airport and beyond. Leesburg district supervisor Ken Reid now says he will vote yes. Because four supervisors are already on record supporting the project, the Loudoun County Board would have enough votes to opt into P...
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Taxpayers in Loudoun County may finally learn tonight how the board of supervisors plans to pay for Phase 2 of the Silver Line rail project. The Loudoun board is holding its final work session before Tuesday's big vote on whether to opt out of the $2.7 billion rail link. The supervisors are leaning toward creating special tax districts around the future Metro stops west of Du...
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When the District of Columbia and Arlington County partnered to establish a bike sharing system in 2010, offering more than 1,500 bikes at 165 stations, local bike shops got a little nervous. Why would someone buy a new bike for hundreds of dollars when they could hop on a bike any time they wished for just $50 per year? It turns out their fears were for naught. Bike store own...
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As congressional negotiators near a deal for a massive transportation bill, bicycling and pedestrian advocates say access to funding used by local governments to make streets safer may be eliminated as part of the final compact.  A deal is expected to be announced as early as today on a two-year, $109 billion transportation funding measure for roadways, bridges, and mass...
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Improving the mobility of D.C.'s low-income and disabled residents is the focus of several projects getting the thumbs-up from the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. In a unanimous vote, the board voted to approve nine projects aimed at improving mobility options for low income and disabled commuters in the District. Continued funding was approved f...
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) will not grant a request by three members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to extend a deadline for a critical decision affecting Phase 2 of the Silver line rail project to Dulles Airport. MWAA CEO Jack Potter tells WAMU 88.5 the airports board will not give Loudoun County until December to decide whether to opt o...
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s CEO says the agency will not grant a request by three members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to extend a deadline for a critical decision affecting Phase 2 of the Silver Line rail project to Dulles Airport. In an exclusive interview with WAMU 88.5, CEO Jack Potter said MWAA will not extend Loudoun County’s deadli...
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This article is the latest in an ongoing series about the Dulles rail project. The first part dealt with the various options on the table for the Loudoun County Board as it considers Silver line funding options, while the second story addresses the federal government's role —...
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The fate of Phase 2 of the Silver Line rail project to Dulles Airport may start taking shape tonight at an important meeting in Loudoun County. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hold their final work session Monday to weig...
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This article is the third part of an ongoing series. The first part dealt with the various options on the table for the Loudoun County Board as it considers Silver line funding options, while the second story addresses the federal government's role —...
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This article is the second part of an ongoing series. The first article dealt with the various options on the table for Loudoun County to fund the project. As the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors weighs a big decision that will affect the future of one of the largest publ...
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This is the first article in an ongoing series. With time running down to a critical deadline, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is weighing a range of options to pay for the county's $270 million commitment to Phase 2 of the Silver Line Metro rail project to Dulles Airport.  The alternatives under consideration — and the scant time to reach a decision ...
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The Commonwealth of Virginia now says it won't pull its funding for the next phase of the Silver line rail project to Dulles Airport. Now, it's up to Loudoun County to decide whether it will participate. The state will provide its committed $150 million in funding, Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton confirmed Wednesday to WAMU 88.5.  This confirmation came...
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The next phase of the Dulles Rail project will not give preference to construction contractors who promise to hire union workers.  Although the Metropolitan Airports Authority Board previously included a project labor agreement (PLA) as part of the construction plan, board members voted this morning to remove the PLA from the project in order to ensure continued state fun...