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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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Streetcar Coverge For D.C. Streetcar Line, 2.2 Miles' Worth Of Questions Remain ...
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One of the region’s largest labor unions is urging D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to cancel her appointment of Corbett Price, a financial consultant with a history of battling labor, to Metro's board of directors. The president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 Jackie Jeter said Price, 65, will bring the wrong approach to a transit authority that is trying to fix both i...
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Maryland’s new transportation chief, Pete Rahn, is adding his voice to the growing number of public officials who say Metro should hire a "financial whiz" instead of a transit specialist as its next general manager. Now that D.C. has appointed two new members to Metro’s board to push Mayor Muriel Bowser’s position that the transit authority needs a financial rescue, it...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently appointed Pete Rahn as the new Maryland Transportation Secretary. Rahn's appointment was approved despite intense scrutiny by lawmakers in Annapolis regarding his previous experience as transportation secretary in New Mexico and M...
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The middle of three escalators at Metro's south Dupont Circle entrance — all of which were installed during a nine-month project that cost $12 million in late 2012 — will remain out of service for at least one more week after technicians discovered further damage. The escalator, one of the longest in the system, has been broken since Dec. 9. ...
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As St. Patrick's Day revelry begins, safety groups are pounding the message: Don't drink and drive, because you have plenty of options to get home. Tuesday at James Hoban's Irish Restaurant in Dupont Circle, the music started playing early and the bartenders were preparing for a long day. But manager Scott Hall says the bar is participating in the ...
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After a banner in year that saw the District add nine miles of bike lanes, 2015 is unfolding on a down note for bicycle commuters. There are no plans to open a major cycle track in the city this year, and while the District Department of Transportation intends to close some gaps in the existing network of protected or buffered lanes, safety advocates argue failing to grow t...
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Under pressure from officials in the District of Columbia and Maryland to reform its broken finances, Metro’s board of directors decided on Thursday to suspend a new search for a general manager — just days after the initial search was canceled when the three finalists pulled out of consideration amid criticism. Board chairman Mort Downey said the transit authority would...
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Virginia transportation officials announced the state will move ahead with plans to add tolls to I-66 inside the Beltway starting in 2017 with the consent of Fairfax and Arlington counties, leaving open the possibility of widening the notoriously congested highway if the dynamically priced toll/HOV-3 lanes do not ease backups that routinely stretch as long as five miles. Vir...
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As empty streetcars continue to move up and down H Street Northeast in snow, rain or sunshine, residents and business owners along the busy D.C. commercial corridor hardly can be blamed for building up an expectation of actual passenger service. The streetcars at least appear to be operating OK — with the exception of several minor ...
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Just days after we told you the Bowser administration is thinking about canceling future extensions of the H Street/Benning Road NE streetcar line, the District’s new top transportation official says the H Street line could go, too. At the oversight hearing on...
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A team of transit experts is beginning a weeklong study of D.C.’s fledgling streetcar system along H Street and Benning Road that will help determine whether the District Department of Transportation's new leadership sticks with the Northeast D.C. project or cancels it altogether. ...
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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...