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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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Updated 6 a.m., Thursday. Metrorail reopened at 5 a.m. Thursday as planned, as initially indicated by General Manager Paul Wiedefeld in a news conference Wednesday evening. Metro reports that service has resumed on all lines with no single tracking for the time being, but tracks that...
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Are Uber and Lyft a key to restoring Metro’s plummeting rail ridership? At a time when the number of people using Metrorail is at its lowest level since 2004, about 700,000 trips per workday, the D.C. region’s transit authority has pointed to the popularity of new personal transport options as a reason for its losses. But a report by a pro-transit group found people who ...
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Given its financial troubles — structural operating budget deficits loom for years to come — Metro is not in a great spot to be giving away rides. But the transit authority leaders are trying to win back commuters who have fled the system, reducing ridership to its lowest level since 2004. To that end, Metro will unveil on a limited basis a new monthly pass — ...
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Metro is solving one of riders’ biggest pet peeves. It is bad enough when delays result in stuffed railcars and mobbed platforms. But when riders turn about-face and immediately exit a station after passing through the fare gates to avoid such chaos, they are charged the minimum fare, $2.15 during rush hour ($1.75 off peak). Come July 1 that will change. Riders will...
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In what will be no surprise to commuters who have endured Metro’s painful recent past, the transit authority’s latest self-assessment — the annual ‘Vital Signs’ report — is full of failures. In 2015 Metro missed targets for on-time performance, fleet reliabi...
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In a personal transport market now dominated by Uber, struggling D.C. taxicab companies have long complained about an uneven playing field. On Wednesday, District regulators will unveil a proposal designed to help cabbies compete for digitally-dispatched rides while satisfying consumers’ demand for convenience, safety, and lower fares. The ...
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Metrorail riders are about to receive their annual respite from weekend track work to accommodate the crowds of cherry blossom-seeking tourists. All six lines will be mostly track work-free for five consecutive weekends beginning March 19-20, the transit authority announced on Tuesday. “On these weekends, Metro may schedule track work after 10 p.m. on Sunday nigh...
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It is not often when a state agency gets a couple hundred people to attend a hearing on a controversial highway project but only four sign up to speak. That was the scene in Arlington Monday night for the first public hearing on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s plans for HOT lanes on I-66 inside the Beltway. A high school cafeteria filled with charts, ...
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Metro’s new general manager outlined a broad agenda in his first major remarks since taking the job in November, promising to improve rail service for customers and create transparency across the troubled transit authority. Speaking at a luncheon televised live on CSPAN-2 from the National Press Club, Paul Wiedefeld ...
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Metro must face “hard truths” about its safety and management failures, says WMATA general manager Paul Wiedefeld in an open letter to riders posted to the transit authority’s website. Wiedefeld on Monday will publicly discuss his vision to fix Metro at the National Press Club, one day after out...
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Updated 6:40 p.m. After delaying the start of the Purple Line’s construction by a year, the Hogan administration announced Wednesday that it is ready to move forward with the light rail project in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. A private-sector contractor team, Purple Line Transit Partners, led by the construction firm Fluor Enterprises, was awar...
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A highway proposal 30 years old has been dealt another setback, but not a fatal one. As both supporters and opponents have come to agree over the decades, the Bi-County Parkway is the highway plan that never dies, and the latest development ultimately may only delay, not determine, a final judgment — if one is possible. The Prince William County planning commission voted o...
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The nation’s top transportation official is intensifying his pressure on D.C., Maryland and Virginia to create a new Metro safety oversight body in 2016. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sent letters Monday to legislative leaders in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia that repeated his threat to withhold transit funding for the three jurisdictions if they can’t come togethe...
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"Everybody, let's ride!" With those words, a beaming Mayor Muriel Bowser launched D.C.'s long-delayed streetcar line along H Street Northeast on Saturday morning, more than 50 years after Washington's old streetcar network was closed down to be converted to buses. Several hundred people attended the fanfare at the corner of H and 13 Streets, smack dab in the commercial...
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More than two years after the initial deadline passed, a project to install wireless coverage in more than 100 miles of rail tunnels will begin — part of a larger effort to upgrade the underground communications systems used by first responders, Metro leaders said on Thursday. “Our customers need it. Because of the incidents we’ve had, they want instant communication no ...
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After more than a decade of planning, construction, and delays that spanned four mayoral administrations, Washington’s first streetcar line since 1962 is ready to launch on Saturday — amid a good deal of negativity and doubt.  The $200 million project’s troubled history has eroded much of the excitement that greeted the initiative to bring rail transit to the two-mi...
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Metro is hiring private security guards to pick up certain tasks — like guarding transfers of money — so that an additional 17 transit cops can be freed up to patrol railcars, platforms, and buses.The announcement by Metro Transit police chief Ron Pavlik comes a day after a 24-year-old...
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This story has been updated. In a sign of increasing impatience with leaders in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the nation’s top transportation official said he intends to contact their legislatures to urge passage of bills to create a new oversight body to regulate Metro safety. The move by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx comes t...
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The problems swamping the D.C. region’s transit system are deeper than the public has been led to believe but not insurmountable, according to a report prepared for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) by the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. The 65-page report, not yet released to the public but obtained by WAMU 88.5, provides an ...
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The nation’s top transportation official made the wrong move when he transferred the direct safety oversight of Metrorail to the Federal Transit Administration, federal safety officials said Monday. “We … believe that the FTA has very limited ability to effectively oversee WMATA,” said Christopher Hart, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, in the ...