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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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Washington cab companies would be required to expand their fleets of wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs), and ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft would have to offer the option of booking a D.C. taxicab with a motorized wheelchair ramp, under legislation introduced by D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), the chair of the Council’s transportation committee. The c...
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Anyone who regularly rides Amtrak or any of the eight commuter railroads that share the tracks in the congested Northeast Corridor knows that high speeds and reliable service are not a given. Curved tracks wind their way through cities and towns, and bridges and tunnels creak after more than a century of use. Traveling from D.C. to New York can take less than three hours on a...
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This story has been updated to include a statement from the Federal Transit Administration. You might be able to take your first streetcar ride in Washington in late February — or sooner. Project leaders at the District Department of Transportation are targeting Feb. 20 to begin passenger service on the long-delayed, 2.2-mile streetcar line in Northeast ...
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D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is asking federal transportation officials to start off 2016 by giving Metro a break. In a letter to the Federal Transit Administration, the Democratic legislator asked the agency's acting administrator, Therese McMillan, to loosen restrictions on Metro's ability to withdraw federal grant dollars that pay for capital projects to rebui...
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After D.C.-area revelers ring in the New Year, they'll be able to ride Metrorail and bus free until 3 a.m. Metro is partnering with beer company MillerCoors to provide the rides after midnight. Asked if he's concerned about drunk partiers stumbling on and off the trains, Metro's new General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said that's always an issue. "We have that every da...
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Metro’s leaders admit the transit authority is behind the curve in the innovation department. In a move designed to offer riders a new way to pay their fares as well as cultivate good will, the Metro board of directors on Thursday voted to create a test program for a new...
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Six years after construction crews started laying the tracks, the $200 million streetcar line in Northeast D.C. is entering its final testing period, leading city transportation officials to express confidence that the long-delayed project finally is close to completion....
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Metro’s federal safety overseers are adding to the pile of the transit authority’s unresolved problems. The Federal Transit Administration, which took charge of safety oversight of Metro in October, issued a new directive on Tuesday, formally addressing more than 200 open safety findings made by the soon-to-be defunct Tri-State Oversight Committee, a locally-appointed, t...
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D.C.’s Vision Zero plan has arrived. Now the work of eliminating all traffic deaths by 2024 gets underway. Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled the two-year action plan at a news conference in Northeast D.C. Wednesday. The plan is the result of ...
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On a dead end street in Northeast D.C., tucked along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, what used to be a small church is now a sanctuary for young men, a safe space where they escape the travails of rough neighborhoods and family tumult. Inside Gearin’ Up Bicycles, a nonprofit bike shop, donated and used bicycles are stripped down, r...
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Metro’s new general manager stood before a big room full of frustrated riders and heard them out, the latest in a series of public appearances with news media and stakeholders since taking the job Nov. 30. Paul Wiedefeld, 60, held forth on a small stage at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown D.C. Monday night, in front of rows of seats filled with more than...
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After years of criticism alleging it failed to serve people with disabilities, Uber is launching wheelchair-accessible van (WAV) service in Washington — three weeks before a deadline to submit to the D.C. Council its plan for expanding accessible transportation in the District. Rebuffed by taxi companies for months, Uber reached agreements with individual D.C. cabbies who ...
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Metro riders have been waiting years for the arrival of new railcars to replace the oldest, least reliable trains in the fleet. But according to Metro's new general manager, there are problems on the assembly line that are delaying a new generation of railcars. Speaking Friday on WAMU 88.5's The Po...
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The District’s plan to hike fines for traffic violations as part of its Vision Zero program to eliminate all roadway deaths by 2024 is running into opposition just as the proposals officially are released to the public. As WAMU 88.5 first reported on Wednesday, the Distr...
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Virginia's influential Commonwealth Transportation Board wants to open discussions with officials in D.C. and Maryland about improving congested Potomac River crossings, with priority given to expanding the capacity of the American Legion Memorial Bridge and Metro’s Rosslyn tunnel, which is the bottleneck for the Silver, Blue, and Orange lines. The ...
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When Governor Larry Hogan announced in June that the state would move forward with the $2.1 billion Purple Line light-rail project between Bethesda and New Carrollton, he did not guarantee it would be built. First, a new funding structure involving Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties had to be resolved, reducing the burden on the state treasury. Then new technical and ...
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Updated 7:45 a.m., Dec. 9 D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser next week will unveil the District’s plan, known as Vision Zero, to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024, according to her top transportation official. The news comes as safety advocates are publicly expressing impatience with a three-month delay in the plan’s release. Bowser promised to make Washingt...
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When Muriel Bowser ran for mayor last year, she promised to embrace the goals of the Vision Zero program to eliminate all traffic fatalities — drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Two months after taking office, the new mayor officially adopted the program already undertaken by at least six other U.S. cities, and soon promised her administration would release i...
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When single-occupant drivers start paying rush hour tolls to use I-66 inside the Beltway in 2017, their dollars will pay for public transit and carpooling improvements in the corridor, an arrangement unpopular with commuters and politicians trying to stop Virginia from tolling the congested interstate highway. But the arrangement is moving forward. By a 13-7 vote, the Northe...
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Two Montgomery County officials are urging Metro to make changes to Shady Grove station to alleviate long-running crowding concerns. In a letter to the Metro board of directors and transit authority leaders, County Council members Roger Berliner and Sidney Katz said commuters feel “particularly unsafe when they are stuck at the edge of the crowd just inches from the edge o...