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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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A decision that will affect the immediate future of the Purple Line project in Montgomery and Prince George's counties is expected soon. Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff says that within the next couple weeks a "record of decision" is expected on the 16-mile light rail project — the paper granting the Purple Line the federal government's blessing to proceed. ...
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The interior of the 7000-series cars are quite the departure from the 70s decor of the 1000-series. With its 1970s-era railcars creaking with age, Metro final...
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The hypothermia alert in D.C. means more than 1,700 beds are being made available at shelters to keep the homeless warm. Inside Central Union Mission, men quietly rest soaking up the heat. Some watch TV, others read the bible, anything is better than being outside. "If you are sleeping out there in that type of environment it is detrimental to the mind as well as the b...
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Anyone who drives I-95 in Fairfax and Prince William Counties in Virginia knows the traffic congestion there is terrible, and what can be done about it is the subject of a new study. Congestion is still driving motorists mad on I-95, despite improvements to the Springfield interchange and the recent widening of a notorious six-mile stretch to four lanes in each direction. Fo...
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The luxury car service Uber is warning customers who will be out partying tonight to be ready to pay a lot more for a reliable limo ride. D.C. resident Tim Shea, 27, will be among the many who emerge from a bar or restaurant some time after midnight, reach for their smartphone, and open the Uber app. And because demand will be peaking, Uber will charge what it calls surge pric...
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If you use public transit to get to work, the amount you pay out of pocket may go up in 2014 — and it has nothing to do with a fare increase. Before wrapping up its work this year, Congress failed to maintain funding for the public transit tax benefit. So the monthly amount commuters can set aside before taxes to pay their fares will drop from $245 to $130. At the sa...
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Tolls are set to go up again on the Dulles Toll Road starting on Jan. 1. The increase is intended to help pay for the construction of the Silver Line Metro rail project. No toll increase is scheduled for 2015. That's because the airports authority expects to receive a large federal loan to finance the project. "We are doing everything we can to make sure that those to...
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Police in D.C. are extending the warning period for more than 100 new traffic safety cameras before issuing real tickets to violators. Drivers caught by the 132 new traffic cams were supposed to start receiving tickets today, but the Metropolitan Police Department has decided to extend the warning period to an undetermined date. "Warning tickets will continue to be is...
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We're down to the final day of shopping before Christmas, and retailers hope to make up for what has been a disappointing season so far. But many local shoppers say that the Washington economy may be putting a damper on holiday spending. All the sales figures released to date show retailers have little reason to be as jolly as St. Nicholas. Sales are up only about two percen...
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The damage Hurricane Sandy did to public transit systems is still being repaired — more than a year after the storm. Now the federal government has announced a new program to prevent a repeat of what it calls the worst transit disaster in U.S. history. The Federal Transit Administration says public transit agencies in areas hit by Sandy will be able to apply for funds from...
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Metro police say a man was kidnapped at gunpoint at a Metro station and forced to withdraw cash from several ATMs. Officials say the man was taken by train from the Naylor Road station in Temple Hills on Friday night to the Waterfront station. Metro officials say the kidnapper's gun ...
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Metro is considering a long range plan to relieve congestion on its crowded rush hour trains, but Metro's top official says it's at least a couple decades from being realized. Metro planners are looking at the feasibility of building an inner loop of tunnels and 14 stations to take pressure off existing lines. The loop would go around the Rosslyn, Capitol South, Pentagon, and ...
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Expanding highways takes a lot of time and costs a lot of money, so the answer may lie in how to get the most out of the existing asphalt. When you're stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, the shoulder sure looks tempting. Well, think how much time you'd save if you could ride a bus that gets the shoulder all to itself. A group of transportation planners at the Metropo...
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As the Washington region’s population and employment grow, traffic congestion will worsen and the percentage of all daily trips taken using transit will remain at seven percent through 2040, according to a forecast by transportation planners at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). But the “finan...
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Twenty-one years after its plans were first devised and seven years after the District’s bike master plan called for its completion, the northern segment of Metropolitan Branch Trail in Washington — a proposed eight-mile bicycling and walking trail that may eventually connect Union Station and Silver Spring, Md. — remains years from being finished. The D.C. Department ...
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The District Department of Transportation says it's making progress on the M Street cycle track. Despite some challenging cold weather, DDOT is managing to change the face of M Street to prepare the way for the one-and-a-half mile protected bike lane running westbound from Thomas Circle NW to 28th Street NW. "We've done about 90 percent of the markings that need t...
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Rape victims would receive more help and the Metropolitan Police Department would be subject to more oversight under legislation being considered by the D.C. Council. Victims would have access to an advocate during interviews with detective and lawyers if the "Sexual Assault and Victim's Rights Act" becomes law. Bridgette Harwood, co-executive director of the group Network f...
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The first streetcar to glide down tracks in Washington in half a century will make its first appearance Friday, as the District Department of Transportation intends to transfer one of its new streetcars from its Anacostia test track to the H Street/Benning Road NE corridor with the intention of starting testing early next week — weather permitting. Contractors worked on W...