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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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Another calendar year is about to pass without streetcar service on H Street and Benning Road Northeast. It is all but guaranteed that the delay-plagued, $200 million project will not open in 2015, despite Mayor Muriel Bowser’s assurances to the contrary that she would ride the 2.4-mile line in her first year in office. She made her remarks during an appearance on ...
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Kindness and care are among what riders want when the trains break down and delays mount, at least according to the transit authority’s top customer service official. “What they're looking for is a more human, a more humanized experience where their interaction with our employees is more empathetic and more kind,” said Lynn Bowersox during a presentation to Metro’s b...
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Congress is close to passing the first long-term bill since 2005 to fund the upkeep of the nation's highways and transit systems. The pot of money that funds transportation will run dry at the end of the week, so the Senate and House have just days to approve a five-year, $305 billion dolla...
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There is good news for commuters as Metro’s budget season gets underway. The agency’s $3 billion proposal to fund both day-to-day operating expenses and major rehabilitation projects for next year would not raise fares, cut rail, bus, or MetroAccess service,...
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Federal officials are investigating a complaint about potentially dangerous platform crowding in the Metrorail system, an early test of their new relationship with the D.C. region’s transit authority after assuming direct safety oversight of Metro in October. “Metro is so close to a deadly incident,” said the complaint filed with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA...
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Metro’s 13,000 employees officially have a new boss today. It is the first day on the job for newly hired general manager Paul J. Wiedefeld, who faces a plethora of problems and enormous expectations to help turnaround the region’s sprawling public transit authority. But riders may have to be patient. The source of so many of the daily problems that delay commu...
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Just days after signing a contract, Metro’s new general manager Paul Wiedefeld reached out to a new riders’ group, following through on an early promise to meet all stakeholders in the D.C. region’s wide-reaching public transit system. Wiedefeld and the WMATA Riders Union...
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Despite a record low fatality rate, staggering numbers of motorists, pedestrians, and bike riders continue to die on the nation’s roads, spurring top safety officials to call on states to pass stricter distracted driving and helmet laws. 32,675 people died in traffic crashes in 2014 — including close to 5,000 pedestrians and more than 700 bicyclists, according to a ...
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx praised Metro’s hiring of general manager Paul J. Wiedefeld, saying new leadership will enable the Washington region’s transit authority to focus on fixing its many safety and reliability problems. “I think it is a very e...
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Three of the 50 worst highway bottlenecks in America can be found in Northern Virginia, according to a ranking released by a group representing businesses that would benefit from road construction. The ranking was released as part of a larger report on the effects of congestion by the American Highway Users ...
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The owners of the 18,000 cars with special "clean fuel" license plates are unhappy with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s plans to build toll lanes on I-66. During rush hour, only HOV-2 carpoolers are allowed to use I-66 inside the Beltway, unless the car has the exemption printed on its license plate. According to VDOT, there are 18,638 active clean fuel plates....
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's dream of building a magnetic levitation train — known as maglev — has taken two key steps, placing Maryland among a small number of states slowly moving toward establishing the first high-speed rail systems in the U.S., a half century after Japan operated its first bullet train. On Nov. 7, Maryland received a $28 million federal grant to s...
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This story has been updated. Within an hour of being sworn in to lead the D.C. region’s sprawling transit system, Paul Wiedefeld acknowledged Metro’s problems and promised riders he will oppose raising fares — at least until reliability improves. Metro’s board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Wiedefeld, 60, as general manager and CEO, endi...
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When Metro’s new general manager, the former BWI Airport executive Paul Wiedefeld, is introduced to the public Thursday, he will immediately inherit an array of problems: The trains are not running on time, ridership is plummeting, and the financial outlook is bleak. More About Paul Wiedefeld ...
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Metro’s incoming general manager vowed to create a “world-class system” in his first public remarks since reaching an agreement in principle to lead the capital region’s transit authority. Paul Wiedefeld is expected to sign a contract soon and be introduced to the public at Metro’s scheduled board meeting on Thursday. Wiedefeld, 60, emerged from a private meeting T...
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Metro Transit Police say they're increasing patrols and deploying K9 sweeps as a precaution in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris. In addition to more officers, K9s, and random screening for explosives, Metro says its local and federal law enforcement partners are implementing "...
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The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission is studying whether to build a light rail or bus rapid transit system on a 14-mile stretch of Rt. 7 from Tysons Corner to Alexandria, one of the busiest in terms of traffic and development in the region “We are looking at how much it would cost. We are looking at how many riders there would be. We are looking at how much time...
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The head of the federal agency temporarily in charge of safety oversight of Metro is calling on regional leaders to get moving on establishing a permanent safety body. “It is now November of 2015 and there continues to be insufficient progress,” said Therese McMillan, the acting administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, in remarks before the board of the Metro...
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Metro Connection Segments Why Is A Tiny Triangle Of Land In D.C. Dedicated To Sonny Bono? ...
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Amid intense media coverage of Metro's general-manager search last week, an issue more pressing to passengers seemed overlooked: the transit agency's delayed plan to replace old trains. A single paragraph in an 18-page report on the capital improvement program...