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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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We’re No. 1 again. But what does it mean? A study by researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) confirms what most car commuters already think: The D.C. metropolitan region has the worst traffic congestion in the country. But critics of the institut...
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An emergency detour that made Metro buses bypass three stops in a Southeast D.C. neighborhood has been dropped, the head of the transit authority’s police division announced on Tuesday. Instead, transit cops will be stationed in the Barry Farm neighborhood, said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. After a stray bullet wounded a bus passenger on Friday, followed by a bus...
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In D.C.'s ever-evolving personal transportation market, a new app is promising cheap rides — cheap shared rides, that is. It's called Split, and it's trying to make an impact in an industry dominated by Uber. Split, which launched in May, is set up so drivers can pick up and...
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Uber and its ride-hailing competitors have enjoyed as warm a welcome in the District of Columbia as anywhere in the world, embraced by the D.C. Council with favorable legislation and celebrated by their customers for providing reliable and inexpensive transportation arou...
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Metro has no explanation yet as to why work crews failed to repair defective tracks that led an empty train to derail near Smithsonian station. This issue was detected nearly a month before the derailment last Thursday. The leaders of Metro...
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Updated 6:25 a.m., Aug. 13 Metro’s dark year took a stunning turn on Wednesday when the chief executive of the D.C. region’s transit system revealed that an Aug. 6 derailment was caused by a track problem detected but left unaddressed for nearly one month. “I don’t want to mince words, but this is totally unacceptable,” said Jack Requa, Metro’s i...
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“I’d never been hit by a car before.” Alex Keckeisen commutes 24 miles round-trip on his bicycle, decked out in cycling apparel and helmet. Since moving to the District a couple years ago, the 27-year-old consultant has taken advantage of the city’s expanding network of bike lanes, traveling between D.C. and Alexandria every day. But his commute took a turn...
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The long, ugly history of the Silver Spring Transit Center is turning toward a happy ending — or at least one of relief — as the multilevel transit hub that is four years behind schedule and $48 million over budget is expected to open within weeks, D.C. region transit authority officials announced on Thursday. The Metro board of directors unanimously voted yes to grantin...
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Congress has passed yet another short-term patch to keep the fund that pays for highway and transit projects from running out of money. But that patch — the 12th since 2009 — will expire in just three months, and Congress will do the funding dance all over again. This isn't good for the Washington region's needy infrastructure. Anyone who pays attention to majo...
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Ernest Chrappah, 38, was appointed chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission in June. He served as the commission’s operations chief under the late Ron Linton, who took major steps towards modernizing the District’s largely outdated and unpopular taxi fleet. Chrappah’s vision is to transition the commission from a legacy regulator that places burdensome rules on cab driv...
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Despite mediocre ridership figures, the D.C. region’s transit authority — Metro — just celebrated the first birthday of the Silver Line, cutting a towering cake at a news conference with elected officials and business and civic groups in Tysons Corner. ...
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Key decisions are coming that will determine whether the 16-mile Purple Line light rail project between Bethesda and New Carrollton is built next year. At issue: whether public officials can find the right mix of federal, state, and county tax dollars combined with private financing to pay for the $2 billion transit system connecting Prince George’s and Montgomery Countie...
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The midday mugging of a 29-year-old woman on a bicycle is leading to changes along the popular Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast D.C. The July 13 robbery and other recent incidents exposed a hole in the District’s response system: Trail users calling 911 may not be ab...
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After going unspent for two years, a fund to increase the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis in Washington will provide grants for cab companies and individual drivers, the D.C. Taxicab Commission has announced. “We want to make sure that if a passenger gets into the vehicle they get the service they deserve,” said commission Chairman Ernest Chrappah in an interview T...
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In early June, Montgomery County officials said the long-troubled Silver Spring Transit Center — four years late and $48 million over budget because of a litany of structural and design problems — would be ready for transfer to Metro, the D.C. region's transit authority, which will operate ...
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One year after opening with five station stops in Fairfax County, the Silver Line was feted at a news conference in Tysons Corner — home to four of the stations — on Monday. A towering cake was cut to celebrate the Silver Line's first birthday. New high-rise office and residential buildings could be seen across the landscape. A traffic consultant reported fewer cars clog...
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Metro may reach an agreement this year with the four major wireless carriers to complete a project to provide coverage inside rail tunnels, an undertaking that was supposed to be finished years ago. The lack of cell phone coverage was exposed most recently after the ...
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A top federal transportation official says her agency is ready to work with Metro to improve the safety of its rail and bus systems. Metro is not following its own safety program. The transit authorities received that reminder from the head of the Federal Transit Administration this week after Therese McMillan was invited to Metro headquarters to discuss the FTA’s ...
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Metro Connection Segments Uncovering The Tale Of Yarrow Mamout, Former Slave, Muslim Man About Town ...