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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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Drivers are being advised to start preparing now for a new highway in Northern Virginia that will open early next year. The builders of the 95 Express Lanes invited reporters to a new flyover ramp in Springfield—one of four such structures being built along 30 miles of what will be high-occupancy toll lanes connecting Fairfax an...
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The District has more than 70 miles of bike lanes, but none in Ward 8. That will change this summer. Three short bike lanes are scheduled to be built this summer in Ward 8. Jim Sebastian at the District Department of Transportation says one will be on Martin Luther King Avenue SE, another on Malcolm X Avenue SE, and the third will be painted on Galveston Street SW. ...
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A New York man visiting D.C. on business says he was kidnapped by a driver for the on-demand sedan service Uber and taken on a harrowing ride into Virginia. Ryan Simonetti and two coworkers ordered an Uber Black sedan through the Uber smartphone app Tuesday afternoon near the National Mall. According to so...
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The Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. Medicare and Medicaid. These are some of the landmark pieces of legislation that come to mind when considering the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the civil rights bill, considered one of the most important legislative acts in U.S. history. Today, July 9, ...
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Many D.C. roads are in bad shape, and one legislator says the District isn't fixing them fast enough. After a brutal winter, the District Department of Transportation said it filled more than 50,000 potholes. Still, many local roads are crumbling. A quarter of them have a pavement condition rated "poor," 12 percent are "very poor," and two percent are rated "failed" by DDOT....
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There was only one problem with the zebras the District Department of Transportation installed on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest last October: they did not work. The heavy duty plastic humps – three feet long and five inches high – were bolted down between 12th and 13th Streets on either side of the median cycle track to deter motorists from making illegal U-turns over th...
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As Metro continues its system-wide rebuilding program that will run through 2017, transit authority officials say real progress has been made fixing track and signaling infrastructure to improve the reliability of rail service. Yet on a day-to-day basis, railcar breakdowns and resultant delays frustrate riders recently ticked by another fare increase. If commuters judge the ...
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The Washington Regional Alcohol Program says you do not have to drink and drive tonight because it will arrange a ride home for you. The SoberRide program is back. After connecting party-goers to close to 300 free cab rides last 4th of July, the head of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program Kurt Erickson is expecting higher demand this year because the holiday is on a Frid...
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There is good news for commuters in Virginia: the first dedicated bus lane in the D.C. region is scheduled to open next month. The first phase of the Crystal City-to-Potomac Yard commuter bus service on Route 1 will open Aug. 24. Called Metroway, the new transit corridor will move riders between the Braddock Road and Crystal City Metrorail stations in dedicated bus lanes in ...
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As the peak summer driving season approaches, the nation's top transportation official says the federal government may slow down reimbursement payments to states for their road-construction bills starting on or around August 1, unless Congress acts to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. Speaking at a breakfast with reporters in downtown Washington, Secretary of Transportation ...
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When Joe Riener drove around D.C. Sunday morning looking for sidewalks blocked by construction sites, he did not have trouble finding them. The retired school teacher turned safety advocate found 10 places with a big "sidewalk closed" sign. “In most places there were no provisions for sidewalks. Pedestrians had to walk in the street,” he said. Riener is a foun...
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Just in time for your July Fourth road trip, gas prices are hitting their highest levels since 2008. The last time you filled up, did you notice how much more you paid? Gas station customer Johnny Van Hoosier says, "Well, I just noticed that, actually, but I usually don't look at the prices." Maybe it's best to ignore them. Van Hoosier paid $4.24 a gallon...
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The District's plan to tackle traffic congestion in downtown Washington is facing opposition from a group that represents drivers. The MoveDC plan calls for better bike lanes, bus lanes, sidewalks and streetcars, a 25-year vision to provide commuters alternatives to driving. The most controversial aspect of MoveDC is a proposal to toll ...
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Several hundred horn-honking D.C. taxicabs descended upon downtown Washington during midday on Wednesday, shutting down several blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to protest what they view as unfair competition from unregulated, on-demand “ridesharing” services. At a noisy rally in Freedom Plaza, where the blare of horns drowned out a bull horn, representatives of T...
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In the Democratic primary for Montgomery County executive, two-term incumbent Ike Leggett is the winner. To chants of "We Like Ike," the county executive in his usual soft-spoken manner thanked his supporters for a shot at a third term. "For all the work that you put in. For your confidence in me. For what you know what we will do for the future. I can say to you, ...
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Metro is advising rail riders to be prepared for service changes in advance of the start of Silver Line service late next month. Blue Line riders are expected to see the most dramatic changes: only one Blue Line train every 12 minutes at all times — including rush hour — starting Mo...
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Metro general manager Richard Sarles announced the Silver Line to Tysons Corner and Reston, the transit authority’s first new rail line since 1991, will open Saturday, July 26, in a conference call with reporters Monday morning. The announcement ends months of uncertainty surrounding the largest public transit project in the region, an 11-mile, $3 billion railroad paid for...
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Amid efforts by cab drivers in cities across the U.S. to form a national taxi union, local labor groups are focusing on pressuring the D.C. Council to help cabbies stave off competition from the unregulated, on-demand “ridesharing” services UberX, Lyft, and ...
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On Monday, Metro is expected to announce the date for the start of passenger service on the Silver Line. It was just two weeks ago that Metro's leadership announced the contractors were behind schedule fixing the final construction problems holding up the project's completion. Then days later, Metro said the Silver Line is in the final stretch. Ginger Evans, interi...