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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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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...
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Phase 2 of the Metro Dulles rail project, known as the Silver Line, is either a boondoggle or the key to Loudoun County’s economic future, depending upon whom you ask. Nearly 200 people packed a public hearing before the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Monday night to weigh in on whether the county should remain part of the $2.7 billion plan to connect Metro rail to Dull...
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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to keep a controversial pro-labor provision in its plans for Phase 2 of the Silver Line. Publicly, the airports authority leadership has defended the project labor agreement, or PLA, that caused the Republican-led Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and the Virginia Gener...
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Through the support of the Green Lane Project, an initiative that aims to bring more bike-friendly infrastructure to cities across the country, the District is starting the planning process for new lanes for cyclists. They're mapped along L and M Streets, NW, and 1st Street as well as near Union Station. To help fund the effort, D.C has received grants from the bi...
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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a final report on three Metro accidents, including a 2010 incident at the Rockville station that killed two technicians. The NTSB faulted what it calls Metro's inadequate safeguards designed to protect workers from approaching hi-rail vehicles--in the January 2010 accident, the technicians were killed while they were repa...
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A month before Loudoun County officials must decide whether they will withdraw from the largest public transportation project currently under construction in the country, they have big decisions to weigh about how they might fund the county’s $200 million commitment to the $2.7 billion Phase 2 of the Dulles Metro Rail project, if they fund it at all. All nine members of the...
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Older D.C. residents may remember their city's streetcar era. The trolleys stopped operating in 1962, a full half-century ago. In Georgetown, where streetcars started running in the late 19th century, the tracks remained in place on O and P Streets. The roads, however, became an obstacle course for cars as the underground conduit that used to contain electric cables eroded, sinking th...
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Transportation planners are expected to publicly release recommendations in September on improving public transportation throughout northern Virginia as part of the Commonwealth's Super NoVa vision plan for the next three decades. The unofficial border of northern Virginia as outlined on a map today contains several counties including Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, and Loudou...