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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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Click to see the full project map (pdf) Virginia is presenting its plan to f...
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Uber, creator of the popular ride-hailing platform UberX, spent $314,074 lobbying D.C. government in 2014. While that sum may not explain the entire story of how the District became one of the most Uber-friendly cities in the country, it does reveal how far the San Francisco-based te...
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Due to the winter weather, the Cathedral will open on a two hour delay today, January 27.— National Cathedral (@WNCathedral) January 27, 2015 ...
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The number of people suing Metro following the fatal smoke incident at L'Enfant Plaza station is growing. The lawyer who once worked for Metro wound up representing the family of Major General David Wherley and his wife Ann, who were killed in the 2009 Red Line crash. ...
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Metro will undertake 10 safety actions following the fatal smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza station on Jan. 12, providing certain personnel authority to immediately respond to danger, among other measures. Officials insisted the safety actions are not related to the cause of the disas...
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Metro was unaware the D.C. Fire Department had encrypted its radios before a fatal smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza station on Jan. 12, leaving the transit authority at a loss to explain why firefighters’ radios were not functioning underground despite four days of troubleshooting efforts by the transit authority starting Jan. 8. Not until Jan. 14 did Metro and D.C. Fire...
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Updated at 9:20 a.m., Jan. 22. The federal investigation into the fatal incident aboard Metro’s Yellow Line under L’Enfant Plaza on Jan. 12 has revealed a major failure in communications among emergency personnel, whose delayed resp...
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A plan to fix one of the most congested highways in Northern Virginia is up for review by regional transportation planners, but some question whether placing toll lanes on I-66 is the right solution. Virginia has two plans for 66. One is for outside the Beltway, running 25 miles from 495 West to Haymarket. There would be three regular lanes and two toll lanes in each directi...
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Hundreds of mourners gathered inside a Northeast D.C. church Monday morning to remember the woman who died last week aboard a smoke-filled Yellow Line train at Metro's L'Enfant Plaza station. They remembered Carol Glover for her radiant smile and loving...
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Federal investigators have released a preliminary report that is raising more questions about why rescuers could not promptly reach trapped passengers aboard Metro's Yellow Line at L'Enfant Plaza station Monday. The ...
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D.C.'s long-delayed streetcar line along H Street NE has a new boss, and he is taking a different approach to getting it ready for passengers. The days of making public predictions for when streetcar service will start are over. Safety is priority No. 1. That's the new edict from Mayor Bowser's pick for DDOT director, Leif Dorsmjo. "A reset button has been hit on t...
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Related Stories One Dead, 84 Hospitalized After Smoke Fills Metro Tunnel, Yellow Line Train ...
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The timeline of events that led to the delayed rescue of passengers trapped on a smoke-filled Yellow Line train on Monday is becoming clearer, though key questions remain unanswered about the response to the deadly incident inside the L'Enfant Plaza station tunnel....
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Update, 3 p.m. Friday: DDOT Acting Director Leif Dormsjo released this statement on the D.C. Streetcar today: Passenger safety is the number one priority for public transportation in the District of Columbia. Further, given the need to achieve safety certification, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will not set arbitrary deadlines for t...
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A man who sent a goodbye text message to his family because he thought was going to die during Metro’s Yellow Line meltdown is the first person to sue the transit agency over Monday's incident. In the darkness and the smoke, as other passengers gasped for oxygen and slumped to the ground, Malbert Rich texted his mom and his two kids, telling them goodbye. "It was...
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There are several developments in the federal investigation of Monday's fatal incident on Metro’s Yellow Line: NTSB will brief Congress WAMU 88.5 has learned the regional congressional delegation will be briefed by National Transportation Safety Board investigators and Metro leaders on Jan. 21 at the Capitol office of Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer. The N...
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D.C. congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says she's received a promise from the National Transportation Safety Board that it will produce a preliminary report within 30 days on Metro's Yellow Line incident that resulted in one death and scores on injuries on Monday. On Jan. 21, the region's congressional delegation is scheduled to be briefed by NTSB officials and Metro...
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Carol Glover, the 61-year-old Alexandria woman who died during Metro's Yellow Line meltdown on Monday was a mother of two. She had just won an employee-of-the-year award where she works. Diana Rodriguez was Glover's neighbor. "Carol was, No. 1 in my mind, a lov...
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Federal investigators say an electrical problem may have caused the severe smoking incident in the Yellow Line tunnel that killed one passenger and sent more than 80 to hospitals on Monday. But despite calls from many quarters for explanations and accountability, a fin...
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With Monday's deadly train malfunction on the Yellow Line, regular Metro riders might be asking themselves what they can do to ensure their safety in such incidents. "There would be a point when if a person can't breathe, they'll do whatever they can think of...