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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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The planned start of construction of the 16-mile Purple Line between Bethesda and New Carrollton may be delayed because of a decision by Maryland’s new governor to give private sector firms five more months to submit their bids to build and operate the $2.4 billion light rail system, project supporters and federal transportation officials said on Monday. The four private c...
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Virginia is proposing a large fine against the freight rail carrier CSX Transportation for last year's train derailment that dumped nearly 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the James River in Lynchburg. Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality is proposing a $361,000 fine ag...
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Construction of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's counties is supposed to start by the end of the year, but another delay has supporters questioning the light rail system's future in Maryland. The four private companies who want to build and operate the Purple Line have received a five-month extension to make their bids, pushing the deadline back to mid-Augus...
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What is the sharing economy? However an imprecise term, it is changing the way we get around town and spend and borrow money, shaking up established industries and demonstrating that traditional consumer protection regulations are outmoded, according to a study by libertarian economists at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. In the personal transportation sector, Wash...
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The issue of commuter rail safety has dominated the news since the deadly smoke incident on Metro's Yellow Line at L'Enfant Plaza six weeks ago. Now federal officials are moving to strengthen the oversight of public transit systems. At a news conference...
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Nearly two months after opening to traffic, the I-95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia — stretching 30 miles between the I-395 interchange and Garrisonville Road in Stafford County — appear to be paying off on the promise to HOV-3 carpoolers. More than a third of the highway’s workday users are carpooling, and a website that tracks dozens of slugging locations says a ...
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The private sector firm that operates the 495 Express Lanes along the Beltway in Northern Virginia is down more than $230 million on its investment in the two and a half years since the highway opened, but company officials say toll revenues are beginning to consistently exceed operating costs, a sign the project is winning over commuters in one of the region’s most congested corrid...
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Virginia’s plans to add HOT lanes — toll lanes where HOV-3 carpoolers ride free — to I-66 inside and outside the Beltway were approved by regional planners on Wednesday to be included in a key air quality study, a prerequisite for making it to the region’s long-range transportation plan of highway and transit projects. This fall members of the National Capital Regional...
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One of the first major transportation decisions made by the Bowser administration and its new director of DDOT was to hit the restart button on the long delayed H Street/Benning Road Northeast streetcar line. One bogus target date after another had passed without passenger service in both 2013 and 2014, and the relationship between DDOT and safety oversight officials within ...
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Disability rights advocates say Washington is moving too slowly to increase the number of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs under the D.C. Taxicab Commission. Commission regulations finalized on Feb. 12 require all cab companies that own at least 20 vehicles to have at least 6 percent of their fleets wheelchair-accessible now, 12 percent by the end of 2016, and 20 percent by De...
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Congressional lawmakers grilled leaders of the Metro transit authority and the D.C. Fire and EMS Department during a House oversight hearing on Friday, expressing disgust that so many things went wrong during the fatal smoke incident on Metro’s Yellow Line at L’Enfant Plaza station. Congress members also made clear they are not convinced Metro is able to fix its safety c...
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Metro's Board of Directors delayed for two weeks a vote on a proposal to raise fares and cut train service to help close a projected $100 million operating budget deficit. Board members decided to give themselves more time to figure out whether fare incre...
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District officials say the first phase of work at the 395-Third Street Tunnel project will cause minimal traffic problems — after dumping the idea of closing a stretch of the interstate highway to help out a real estate developer. When the District Department of Transport...
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The Metro system's board of directors will hold a key vote Thursday on a proposal to raise rail fares by 10 cents and cut rail service as the transit authority seeks a way out of a projected operating budget deficit brought on by declining rail ridership and rising personnel costs. A vote in favor would send ...
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The National Transportation Safety Board is issuing urgent safety recommendations after learning Metro's station ventilation fans did not work properly during the ...
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Fake smoke. @wamu885news pic.twitter.com/mSKcioqwKU— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) February 10, 2015 ...
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Four weeks ago today, Metro suffered its worst incident since the 2009 Red Line disaster at Fort Totten. On an ordinary Monday afternoon, a Yellow Line train heading south to Virginia encountered thick smoke moments after departing L'Enfant Plaza station, the start of a mishap that ...
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In Arlington, the Bikeshare program is considered part of the county's urban transit system. And since you can pay cash to ride the bus or train, Arlington has decided you should be able to pay cash for a Bikeshare membership, too. "One of the criticisms of bikes...
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Related Stories One Dead, 84 Hospitalized After Smoke Fills Metro Tunnel, Yellow Line Train ...
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Metro has ordered speed restrictions on about a dozen stretches of track across its rail system after several cracked or broken rails disrupted rush hour commutes in January — a move taken in an “abundance of caution” during the cold weather. On Monday commuters began griping about slow trains on Twitter. Metro usually runs trains at least 50 miles per hour, but riders c...