Martin Di Caro | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 Contributors

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

WAMU 88.5
A brief letter to a state legislator is reviving the debate over whether Virginia should build a 10-mile, four-lane highway connecting Prince William and Loudoun counties west of Dulles Airport, forcing state transportation officials to publicly state they have not dropped plans for the ...
WAMU 88.5
A major obstacle has been placed before the construction of a long-planned and controversial highway project in Northern Virginia, a group of state and local legislators representing Northern Virginia will announce Wednesday at a news conference. The Virginia Department of Transportation will not pursue ...
WAMU 88.5
Updated 8:45 a.m., April 1 Uber is tweaking its ride-hailing app to help its drivers pick up passengers at Reagan National and Dulles International airports as the company works on an agreement to allow drivers to stay on airport property to wait for rides — a privilege reserved to individual cab drivers and taxi companies that pay large fees for permits to curb a...
WAMU 88.5
As Washington’s population of car-free and car-light households grows, new residents will want reliable options to get around the city as transportation officials seek alternatives to gridlock. A network of streetcar lines crisscrossing all eight wards? Additional Metro subway tunnels in downtown D.C? Those are unfunded dreams at the moment. Yes, bicycling is bec...
WAMU 88.5
The Metro system intends to award a contract this year to install digital radio technology to improve the reliability of emergency responders’ radios underground. The work is expected to take multiple years and will require weekend single-tracking and station shutdowns so crews will have ample time and space on the tracks. At Metro’s monthly board of directors meeting on...
WAMU 88.5
Metro is releasing a safety video designed to prepare rail riders for potentially life-threatening situations, a move spurred by the fatal smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza station that claimed the life of Alexandria resident Carol Glover and injured more than 80 passengers. The one-mi...
WAMU 88.5
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s appointee to represent the District on Metro’s board of directors is reaching out to the transit authority’s largest labor union in a bid to answer questions about his business background amid accusations of anti-labor bias. ...
WAMU 88.5
After years of anticipation and months of safety testing, Metro finally is ready to roll out its new railcars — and begin the long process of replacing old railcars that cause so many daily breakdowns. Metro’s oldest railcars — the 1000-series, which was tied to the deadly Red Line crash in 2009 — date to the 1970s. They’re among the most unreliable in Metro’s f...
WAMU 88.5
“We are afraid.” Cynthia Gary, a Metro employee for 29 years, choked on the words as she testified at a public hearing on safety organized by her union in the basement of a historic church in downtown D.C. “I will say it again. We are afraid.” Gary is a manager at the Congress Heights rail station. With Metro’s interim general manager seated jus...
WAMU 88.5
How to Report a Pothole Residents and Commuters can notify DDOT in a variety of ways: Call the Mayor's Call Center at 311, Use the On-line Service Request Center at 311.dc.gov, Tweet to twitter.com/DDOTDC...
WAMU 88.5
The District Department of Transportation is launching its most comprehensive study to date to determine if a dedicated bus lane is necessary to speed public transit along 16th Street Northwest, one of the most congested commuter routes in the city. Metro’s S line buses carry more than 21,000 passengers daily to and from downtown D.C. Although more than 200,000 riders hop ...
WAMU 88.5
Updated March 21, 11:30 a.m. The long troubled streetcar system in Northeast Washington – which has yet to carry a single passenger after months of safety testing – received a lift with the release of a preliminary report by a te...
WAMU 88.5
Streetcar Coverge For D.C. Streetcar Line, 2.2 Miles' Worth Of Questions Remain ...
WAMU 88.5
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...
WAMU 88.5
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...
WAMU 88.5
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...
WAMU 88.5
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. ...
WAMU 88.5
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 ...
WAMU 88.5
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...
WAMU 88.5
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...