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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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A major highway expansion in Northern Virginia may be ready to open by the end of the year. The 95 Express Lanes were supposed to open early next year, but now the highway's builders say the project will be ready for commuters in December. Motorists on 95 have been passing through the construction zone all year: 30 miles of EZ Pass-only toll lanes that will run b...
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Dulles Airport is losing domestic passengers despite efforts to get more people book flights there. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority chief executive Jack Potter says Reagan National Airport is doing just fine when it comes to passenger growth, but resources there are being strained as a result. But Dulles, on the other hand, is seeing a decline in domestic passen...
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Update, Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m.: Officials from the D.C. Department of Health have ruled out Ebola in the case at Howard University Hospital. This comes after the patient in Montgomery County was diagnosed with malaria and not Ebola, as originally feared. Original Story:Two patients with Ebola-like symptoms have been admitted to hospitals in the D.C...
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The region’s goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050, but a long-range transportation plan — a reflection of future highway and transit projects with secured funding — does not square with that goal. Fixing this disconnect was the subject of a meeting Thursday at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, where transport...
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Living in a neighborhood within walking distance of a Metro station carries a lot of advantages in a city whose goal is to increase transit ridership. Access to transit — both rail and bus — is a big reason why nearly 40 percent of D.C. households are car-free. But what if your nearby Metro station is difficult to walk to? Depending on which side of the Red Lin...
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Critics say a proposal to legalize popular "ridesharing" services such as Uber and Lyft in Washington would create an unfair system where regular taxicabs can't compete. D.C. taxicabs have to follow too many rules, and ridesharing companies aren't regulated enough. That was the line of attack pursued by D.C. Council member Jim Graham, who went after ...
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D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is expected to introduce legislation today designed to end the long simmering controversy surrounding “ridesharing” services in Washington, legalizing and legitimizing the app-based, on-demand transportation options that have become popular alternatives to more expensive taxicabs. Since UberX and similar services such as Lyft and Sidecar lau...
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A D.C. Council member is ready to unveil her plan to end the long-running controversy surrounding Uber's popular ridesharing service, UberX. Since UberX and other so-called ridesharing services launched in Washington, District regulators have been at odds with them. But now Council member Mary Cheh is proposing legislation to end the regulatory vacuum critics say has placed c...
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Students asking good questions. Another asks why @DCStreetcar is painted red. She prefers blue. @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/IA6z3Nz0j4— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) ...
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Monday marked the start of the final phase of testing before streetcar service will begin along H Street NE, and the District is also kicking off its streetcar safety campaign. A classroom full of happy, curious middle schoolers got the message: Look, Listen, Be Safe.  It's the slogan for the District Department of Transportation's new safety campaign for the two-and-a-h...
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Before he departs in January, soon-to-be retired Metro general manager Richard Sarles would like to secure some promises that could solve one of the transit authority’s most pressing challenges of the next decade: crowded trains and forecasts of increasing ridership. Only about one-third of Metro rush hour trains have eight cars as opposed to the usual six-car train that r...
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Metro says it has reached a safety milestone by returning its train to automatic operations, taking the acceleration and braking of trains out of the herky-jerky hands of humans. But the transition from manual to computer-controlled operations will take years. After nine people were killed in Metro’s worst-ever disaster on June 22, 2009, the transit authority shut down its...
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Here he is moments after news broke that he'll retire next year, Metro GM Richard Sarles. @wusa9 @wamu885news pic.twitter.com/7guaBGBjcB— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) ...
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The days of herky-jerky train rides on Metro are numbered. The transit authority’s top engineer will update Metro’s board of directors this morning on plans to return the starting and stopping of trains to computers, known as Automatic Train Operation (ATO), for th...
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The D.C. Circulator buses may soon reach more places you want to be in the city. For just $1, tourist and commuters alike have been riding Circulator buses since 2005. Folks like them because they are cheap and make fewer stops. Now, the District Department of Transportation wants to expand four of the five ex...
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Monday, many commuters left their cars at home for Car-Free Day. But for many residents of Washington, every day is car-free day. Ann DeSanctis is 26, works in the nonprofit sector, and move to D.C. a couple years ago. She does not own a car. Instead she rides her bike six miles to work every morning. "One of the reasons I came was...
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The rise of the “ridesharing” service UberX is bleeding traditional taxicabs in Washington. Although precise District-wide data is not available, taxicab company managers and individual drivers said their business is down at least 20 percent — and in some cases much more — because they cannot compete with the unregulated, low-price competition of UberX. One...
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The way cars, bicyclists and pedestrians share the road in Washington is a touchy subject. A Washington Post columnist recently ignited a furor after he called bicyclists "bullies." Bike riders fired back, saying they are frequent victims of aggressive drivers. Meanwhile, D.C. police are trying to act as referees. Stand on a downtown D.C. corner during morning rush hour and ...
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The western terminus of the planned Purple Line — a 16-mile, $2.4 billion light rail system connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s County — in downtown Bethesda may not be as spacious and accessible as planners and transit advocates wanted. Montgomery County executive Ike Leggett says he is dropping long-running plans to facilitate the sale of the Apex Building prop...