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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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Metro Connection Segments In The Midst Of Housing Crisis, Why Is D.C. Selling Off Public Housing? ...
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The current federal oversight of the D.C. region's subway system is not strong enough. That was the word from the National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday. The NTSB is issuing an urgent recommendation to transfer oversight of Metrorail to the Federal Railroad Administration. It cites that agency's "robust inspection, regulatory and enforcement authority" of passenger l...
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Listen up if you use Metro’s Orange, Silver, or Blue Line to commute into D.C.: Another service change is going into effect this morning. It's designed to reduce delays caused by a transformer fire near Stadium-Armory station. During the morning and afternoon rush ...
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Metro needs 954 working railcars to operate at full capacity during rush hour, but data released by the transit agency show that the fleet rarely has enough. Despite the completion of a summer maintenance program, raising hopes that additional eight-car trains would...
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Repairs to a severely damaged power substation will take at least six months, leaving riders on Metro's Blue, Orange, and Silver lines faced with the possibility of extensive daily delays until the spring, officials with the D.C. region's transit system announced on Thursday. A transformer fire at the substation near Stadium-Armory station on Monday sapped the tracks shared ...
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Pope Francis left the people of the Washington, D.C. region with a lot to reflect upon in faith and politics, but he unintentionally may have revealed an important lesson about freeing up the roads, too. When regional leaders discuss traffic congestion the focus frequently falls upon major highway and transit projects that take billions of dollars and many years to build. Bu...
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This story has been updated. Metro, the D.C. region’s transit authority, has received approval for its “corrective action plan” designed to implement 91 measures to improve the safety of its rail and bus operations, federal officials announced on Thursday. After the Federal Transit Administration released ...
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Metro passed the test. The pressure was on after weeks of unreliable rail service. But America's second-busiest subway system successfully handled the throngs of admirers who flocked to see Pope Francis on Wednesday. The pontiff celebrated his first Mass in the United States at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast D.C., an...
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Service is restored on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines following a major disruption Monday morning. Pope Francis In D.C. Full coverage from WAMU and NPR A transformer fire at a Metro power substation near Stadium-Armory...
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Final preparations are underway for Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States. He is supposed to arrive in Washington tomorrow afternoon. While the Pontiff is in town, commuters are being advised to ditch their cars for the train, or just work from home. Pope Francis In D.C. ...
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Expanding I-66 inside the Beltway eventually will be necessary to meet Virginia’s goal of congestion relief in the corridor, says the commonwealth’s top transportation official. “There is some traffic management we can do, but eventually there's going to be expansion needed,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne in remarks to reporters Thursday at V...
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Updated 7:40 a.m., Sept. 17 The agency that operates Reagan National and Dulles International airports formally ended taxicabs’ exclusive access on Wednesday by approving designated waiting areas for ride-hailing drivers nearby the terminals, effective Nov. 1. The unanimous vote by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s board of directors ended ...
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Some temporary relief is coming to motorists on congestion-plagued Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia, even as state transportation officials continue to formulate long-term plans to manage traffic on the highway. Wednesday at noon the Virginia Department of Transportation is launching a $38 million “active traffic manageme...
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With the Pope's visit one week away, D.C. officials are preparing for large crowds, road closures, packed trains and extensive detours. Monday, the District Department of Transportation and Metro held a joint news conference to explain their game plans. ...
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Metrorail riders may receive a little relief Monday morning after a summer of discontent. The transit authority is increasing the number of 8-car trains in service during rush hour after keeping additional railcars off the main line for repairs on Mondays and Fridays. Metro’s top rail engineer, Rob Troup, confirmed the extra maintenance program was completed. Whe...
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The budget that pays for the day-to-day operations of the D.C. region's transit system will not be adopted until next year, but D.C.'s representatives on Metro's governing board are already signaling they will oppose balancing it on the backs of commuters. During the presentation of a 10-year fiscal outlook before the board of directors on Thursday, D.C. Council member Jack ...
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The Washington metropolitan region’s troubled transit authority has another problem: its budget. In a 10-year outlook to be presented to the authority’s board of directors Thursday, Metro staff will explain a forecast of expenses growing significantly faster than ...
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Updated 8 a.m., Sept. 9 The leaders of the D.C. region’s transit system are planning to let in some sunshine to illuminate the causes of a dark year that has seen Metro stumble between financial problems and track mishaps, starting with the death of a passenger on the Yellow Line in January. The transit authority ...
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Your calendar says summer has a couple weeks left, but for most people, Labor Day marked the end of the fun season and the return to the daily grind Schools are back in session. Congress is back. And so are vacationers. For any using Metrorail to commute today, they may be in for a slower ride. Speed restrictions remain in place across the system, three of which ar...
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When it comes to holding the upper management of Metro accountable, the transit authority's board of directors is asserting itself more now. The new approach may be long overdue. This week's resignation of Metro's chief safety officer, James Dougherty, was spurred by a...