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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.


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Maryland is now the sixth state to issue a warning about popular ridesharing services that connect drivers to passengers through smartphone apps. When you order a ride through Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar, a cab will pick you up, but these cabs are actually the drivers' own personal cars. The tech companies call them ridesharing services; regulators call them private sedans for hi...
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Rates on the Dulles Toll Road are expected to stay the same through 2018 after increasing each of the last five years. Those tolls are paying for about half the total cost of the Silver Line Metrorail project. Now, thanks to a nearly $2 billion, low-interest federal loan from a program created to help finance major transportation projects, the tolls won't have to be raised a...
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A public hearing on proposed regulations for smartphone app-based vehicle-for-hire services underscored larger issues facing District regulators as technology and market forces continue to revolutionize personal transportation in Washington. Consumers have more options than ever at their fingertips, but those options are forcing regulators to consider if new rules are necessa...
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Smartphone apps that let you order a ride from someone using their own private vehicle—commonly called ridesharing—are popular in D.C. these days, but there is a question of whether you'd be covered in the event of a crash. That question was the focus of a public hearing today. Here's a scenario D.C. regulators want to be prepared for: You order a ride from Ube...
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The Obama administration sent its transportation spending proposal to Congress on Tuesday, months before the fund that pays for the repair and replacement of roads, bridges, and transit systems is expected to go broke. The four-year, $302 billion program includes more than $150 billion in new revenues that would be generated under the administration’s corporate tax reform ...
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The opening of the Silver Spring Transit Center is already two years late, and the troubled facility received another dose of bad news today. Chunks of concrete could break off and fall on commuters—unless the Silver Spring Transit Center's beams and girders are strengthened. That's one of the key findings in a repo...
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As project leaders work with their contractor under a new agreement (pdf) to make the fixes and improvements necessary to open the Silver Line Metrorail through Tysons Corner to Reston, officials are assuring the public that ongoing problems with the Silver Line’s control system will not jeopardize their sa...
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To relieve congestion near Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia, the Route 1 widening project--one 20 years in the making--is ready to begin. Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly was among the officials who took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for more lanes along three-and-a-half miles of Route 1 between Mount Vernon Memorial Highway and Telegraph Road. The rush-hour conges...
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Are they ridesharing or private livery? That is the question the D.C. Taxicab Commission will consider as it prepares to hold its first public hearing this week on proposed regulations that will affect the operations of the transportation technology companies Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. ...
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The agency overseeing the Silver Line Metrorail project through Tysons Corner, its lead contractor Bechtel, and Metro announced agreements on Thursday bringing the $3 billion rail line a step closer to completion. A pact between the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and Metro avoided another prolonged delay but raised new questions about construction and technical prob...
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The Virginia Department of Transportation presented its proposals to build a highway on the western side of Dulles International Airport at a public hearing in South Riding Tuesday night, two weeks before the public comment period ends on four different plans to improve airport access for passengers and air cargo traffic. Airport road one of many in planning documents ...
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A plan to build highway express lanes to improve access to Dulles Airport goes before the public Tuesday. The Virginia Department of Transportation has been studying several options to improve the flow of people and air cargo traffic to the western side of Dulles Airport. The plan it now likes best calls for constructing express lanes within Route 50 that would connect the n...
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The firm building the 95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia wants carpoolers to get their E-ZPass transponder now, even though the new HOT (high-occupancy toll) lanes stretching 30 miles between Fairfax and Stafford Counties are not expected to open until early next year. The construction conglomerate Fluor-Transurban is launching...
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TransitScreen offers a dashboard of real-time transportation data where commuters are. At a t...
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With this week's launch of the Street Smart campaign shedding light on the importance of pedestrian and bicycling safety in our region, a new report says Washington has some of the safest streets in the country. D.C. has the third lowest pedestrian fatality rate in the nation, compared to other large cities: Three fatalities per 10,000 walkers. That is still too ma...
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The executive director of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project commonly known as the Silver Line announced on Wednesday he is leaving the post he has held since 2009 to accept a position with a public transit agency. Pat Nowakowski said he was not at liberty to reveal his destination but sought to assure the public his exit would not negatively affect final negotiations wit...
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The District Department of Transportation is studying the possibility of constructing electronic, EZ Pass-only toll lanes on the 14th Street Bridge and connected freeways, and has submitted its study into the Washington region’s long-range transportation plan. Planners cautio...
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Three weeks after a draft Federal Transit Administration audit uncovered deep mismanagement of grant dollars at Metro, the transit authority’s chief financial officer has announced her resignation. Carol Kissal, Metro's CFO for the past five years, informed general...
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Planned expansions of the Capital Bikeshare system may avoid long delays after all. Public Bike System Company, the sole supplier of bicycles and bike docks for D.C.'s bikeshare program, now has a new owner. The Montreal-based company, more commonly known as Bixi, went bank...
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The growing number of car-free D.C. households pouring ever more pedestrians and bicyclists onto the streets is exposing the shortcomings of those roads designed primarily for cars. Drivers speed. Crosswalks are poorly marked. And occasionally someone is badly injured as a result. Even for a city generally considered friendly to walking and biking — laced with speed and re...