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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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Rape victims would receive more help and the Metropolitan Police Department would be subject to more oversight under legislation being considered by the D.C. Council. Victims would have access to an advocate during interviews with detective and lawyers if the "Sexual Assault and Victim's Rights Act" becomes law. Bridgette Harwood, co-executive director of the group Network f...
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The first streetcar to glide down tracks in Washington in half a century will make its first appearance Friday, as the District Department of Transportation intends to transfer one of its new streetcars from its Anacostia test track to the H Street/Benning Road NE corridor with the intention of starting testing early next week — weather permitting. Contractors worked on W...
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The head of the agency building the Silver Line Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner declined to estimate when the rail line may carry its first passengers, a week after U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) raised concerns about project delays that could push back the start of revenue servic...
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The chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission has announced a crackdown on cab drivers he says are gaming the system. Any time you hail a cab in Washington, you should be able to pay with your credit card. While regulators believe most cabbies are in compliance, an unknown number are having technical problems with their new credit card readers. So instead of using their...
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Virginia transportation officials expect a key agreement to be reached by the end of the year that would open the way for final federal environmental approval of a controversial highway project next to Manassas National Battlefield Park. The fourth draft of a proposed agreement among the Virginia Department of Transportation, National Park Service, Federal Highway Administra...
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The District is celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela as its residents mourn his death. Mayor Vincent Gray reflected on the protests more than two decades ago that took place outside the very embassy where he delivered his remarks — the campaign against apartheid that pushed the U.S. government to finally support Nelson Mandela, instead of the oppressive South Af...
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Metro says its riders are getting a lot in return for their fare money. In defending his proposal to raise fares three percent come next July, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says riders are noticing widespread improvements throughout the system. "Escalators that are running better. They are not out as much. On time performance of train is higher. On time perf...
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The question no one has been able to answer is: when will the Silver Line open? In a letter to the agency building the Silver Line — the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority — Virginia Senator Mark Warner says with every month of delay, the traveling public suffers and millions of dollars in fare revenue are lost. Warner says Metro will fail to collect $...
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A federal subsidy designed to encourage commuters to take public transit to work is due for a big cut. Come January 1, the public transit benefit available to federal and private sector workers alike will drop from $245 to $130 dollars in pre-tax wages per month — unless Congress votes to keep the subsidy up. The parking benefit will go up to $250. Transit advoca...
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The federal gasoline tax, last raised in 1993 to $.18 cents per gallon, would increase five cents per year over three years and have future increases tied to inflation, under legislation proposed Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). With the Highway Trust Fund set to go broke in ten months, the congressman called on leaders of both parties and the Obama administration to raise the tax to re...
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A group of Metro riders says the transit authority should make a commitment to its customers, guaranteeing some basic customer service benefits. Ask just about any commuter what they'd like to see Metro do better, and they can come up with something. For Red Line rider Matthew Modrelle, he'd like faster information when something goes wrong on the rails. "It doesn't s...
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The completion of the Silver Line has been delayed again. The agency building the Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner says additional tests are needed on Phase 1 of the Silver Line. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says it is working on software updates related to safety technology that will take several weeks to complete. Phase I to Reston ha...
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The deadly derailment of a Metro-North commuter train in New York Sunday may be adding a sense of urgency to the efforts of freight and passengers railroads to adopt technology that could prevent such incidents, especially after a federal investigator revealed the Metro-North train was hurtling at 82 m.p.h. as it entered a 30 m.p.h. curve. It was unclear on Monday why the train was go...
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Metro raises fares every other year, and next year it's due for an increase. On Thursday the Metro board will take up a proposed three percent hike for rail fares. It would raise the cost of the average train ride to $3.00. All bus fares will would be $1.75. Right now they are $1.60 with SmarTrip, $1.80 cash. This news comes at a time when Metro says its service is ge...
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The bumpy roll out of credit card acceptance in Washington cabs may hit another pot hole. The D.C. Taxicab Commission is threatening to suspend two companies of the seven approved to process credit card payments in cabs. The French firm Gleike is in trouble for allegedly failing to pay drivers. The company VIP Cab could be suspended for technical problems with its paymen...
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Big crowds and lousy weather await Thanksgiving travelers at the region's airports.As milky, gray skies dumped drizzle on the runways, travelers stayed dry and warm inside Terminal B, hoping the weather would not wreak havoc on their Thanksgiving plans. Airport manager Paul Malandrino expects more than 30,000 people to pass through the gates on Wednesday, the busiest day o...
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As Washington becomes the first city in the U.S. to deploy cameras to catch drivers who run stop signs and crosswalks, block the box, and drive oversized or overweight commercial vehicles in residential neighborhoods, safety researchers are launching a study to measure the new cameras effectiveness. ...
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As the next major modernization deadline nears, D.C. taxi drivers still are grappling with an array of changes that have included the bumpy start to universal credit card acceptance. By Dec. 1 all Washington cabs must have a back-seat console that accepts credit card swipes; many cab...
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After several delays the M Street cycle track project is ready to go, as long as the weather cooperates. The District Department of Transportation says it will begin construction of the 1.4-mile protected bike lane from Thomas Circle NW to 28th Street NW on Monday unless the pavement temperature drops below 40 degrees, the minimum temperature for striping to stick to asphalt...