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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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The chairman of Metro’s board publicly questioned whether some officials actually understand the dire situation facing the subway system — from chaotic finances to chronic operational problems — after delivering an impassioned request Wednesday for more funding and support before the regional Council of Governments. D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D), who became Metro bo...
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Updated Wednesday May 11, 7:45 a.m. The nation’s top transportation official says he almost ordered a shutdown of the D.C. region’s subway system after inspectors were denied access to the tracks following an explosion last Thursday at Federa...
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Metro’s latest quarterly report card is similar to the previous three “Vital Signs” reports: filled with poor marks. One of every four trains was late from January through March and a staggering 5 percent of all rail trips were at least 10 minutes behind sched...
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A little more than five months after taking the top job at America’s second-busiest transit system, Paul Wiedefeld already has made clear he will not be overwhelmed by events. Then again, he is dealing with a crisis. He was hired to take bold action. Whether the rebuilding program Wiedefeld ...
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Metrorail personnel put passengers’ safety at risk for several hours by failing to shut down a “potentially dangerous” stretch of track after third rail equipment exploded at Federal Center Southwest station on May 5, according to a new safety directive is...
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Updated 6:20 p.m. In the thick of Thursday's afternoon rush hour, Metro evacuated and closed two busy downtown stations after reports of smoke triggered a massive fire-department response to Federal Center SW along the Blue, Orange and Silver lines. WMATA's Twitter account said that in consu...
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Metro will conduct extensive track work over a months-long timetable on all lines except for new portions of the Silver Line, in a major rehabilitation program general manager Paul Wiedefeld will unveil on Friday, according to transit authority sources familiar with the plan. The program may begin as early as June. For days or, in some locations, weeks, segments of track —...
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WMATA’s big maintenance plan is ready, and the transit authority’s new general manager is preparing to explain it to board members — and eventually to an anxious Washington region. “The region will need to come together to provide traffic mitigation and alternative travel options to help reduce the impact on customers and businesses. The business community has already ...
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Which federal agency should watch over Metro? There may have been a time when such a question would have been considered “inside baseball,” a bureaucratic tussle among like-sounding agencies of little interest to ordinary commuters. But not today — not when WMATA is trying to climb out of a deep hole that federal safety experts partly blame on the lack of strong federa...
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The fatal L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident was caused by a “prolonged short circuit that consumed power system components” because of Metro’s “ineffective inspection and maintenance practices,” federal safety officials said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board released 43 findings detailing a litany of failures that led to the death of one passenger an...
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Metro still has not addressed safety issues exposed in the first federal investigation of WMATA in 1982, according to congressional sources who were briefed Monday by federal officials. The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to release a report Tuesday on the probable causes of the fatal L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident on Jan. 12, 2015. The congressional sour...
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District taxi regulators are shutting down six cab companies on charges they were operating salvaged cars with rolled-back odometers, according to complaints filed by the D.C. Taxicab Commission. Regulators obtained CarFax reports that showed some odometers were falsified by hundreds of thousands of miles. Four of the six companies — ...
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Riders can expect delays on the Red Line through the end of the weekend after Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld announced a “maintenance surge” to root out the causes of arcing insulators that have led to a spate of smoke and fire incidents on the tracks in Northwest D.C. and Montgomery County. The work will result in the single-tracking of trains between Van Ness and...
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Updated 5:40 p.m. New faces are coming to Metro’s board of directors — and they will be focused on safety. Three of the four members of the federal contingent on the transit authority’s 16-member governing body are being removed by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the latest move in a monthslong federal intervention into the day-to-day business...
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A majority of the federal appointees to Metro’s governing body, its 16-member board of directors, would have to possess expertise in finances, public transit, or management, under legislation drafted by Congressman John Delaney (D-Md. 6th District). “We are saying that at least three of these four people have to have a threshold level of expertise that will make them goo...
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A voluntary Metro rider advocacy group is collapsing just six months after being founded. The WMATA Riders’ Union was undone by a combination of infighting, inexperience, and ineffectiveness, disappointing commuters’ who greeted with optimism its arrival last fall. More F...
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Update, 6 p.m. Monday: Metro released preliminary findings of its investigation into the smoke incident at Friendship Heights. The suspected cause is no longer an arcing insulator. "While Metro has not yet identified the root cause of the incident, investigators have eliminated power cables as a contributing factor," a Metro statement said. "As a preliminary...
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District officials like to boast about the number of construction cranes piercing the skyline, a sign of the city’s growth. But on the ground, while old buildings are knocked down and new ones built, pedestrians and bicyclists face a temporary yet pervasive side effect: closed sidewalks and bike lanes. Contractors are supposed to provide safe passage around their work zones...
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This story was updated at 1:40 p.m. Pedestrians and bicyclists in Washington may be getting some relief. A proposal to change the District’s long-standing law barring crash victims on foot or bike from receiving compensation if they are found to be even minimally at fault — known as contributory negligence — passed the D.C. Council's judiciar...
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Federal safety inspectors are directing Metro to take immediate action to address a slew of "critical concerns regarding fire/life safety” and “roadway worker protection procedures” across the 117-mile rail system, said a top official at the Federal Transit Administration in ...