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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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After years of study and much prodding from frustrated commuters, the District is moving ahead with plans to designate a rush hour bus lane on one of its busiest corridors, 16th Street NW. The project for the S line, which carries more than 20,000 passengers daily, is expected to take two to four years to complete, further testing the patience of riders who have been squeez...
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Federal officials are threatening to withhold transit funding from D.C., Maryland and Virginia unless they establish a new Metro safety oversight body by Feb. 9, 2017, according to letters sent by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) acting administrator Therese McMillan to the leaders of the three jurisdictions on Monday. The threat...
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The intense controversy surrounding the District’s proposals to build a major north-south bike lane through the Shaw neighborhood took a civil turn on Saturday, as transportation officials held a public meeting to calm residents’ concerns that the city was moving ahead without their input. And although some large African-American churches remain adamantly opposed to const...
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A week after it appeared Metro met the first of more than 70 deadlines to remedy an array of safety problems across its rail and bus systems, federal officials changed the dates on a public tracking chart on Friday — and Metro suddenly was late on five items. ...
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Just four years ago D.C. regulators were calling Uber illegal and threatening to shut down the then-upstart ride-hailing app. Fast-forward to 2016, and the D.C. Taxicab Commission, the chief regulator of the city's roughly 6,000 taxis, is trying to not only emulate Uber's all-digital convenience, but offer something better for consumers and drivers alike. At least ...
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Trains are not the only things arriving late to Metrorail stations. The transit authority’s plans to install a modern fare payment system are delayed, and Metro is not sure how long the delay may last. More than two years after awarding a $184 million contract to Accenture to first te...
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Metro's 16-member board of directors may get another shakeup soon. A week after the politically divided board elected a new chairman in D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said he expects by the end of the month to announce whether and when ...
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A coalition of disability rights activists, labor unions, and taxi drivers is urging Metro to avoid any deals with the ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft to provide alternative paratransit service in Montgomery County. The transit authority is looking for cheaper alternatives to its existing, expensive MetroAccess service to provide transportation for people with disabilities who...
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Wheelchair users say that in the aftermath of the Jan. 23 blizzard, they were an afterthought in snow cleanup efforts, as curb cuts remains buried in snow, bus stops blocked, and alleys impassable while road crews prioritized clearing the roads. The responsibility under D.C. law to shovel curb cuts lies with the adjacent property owner, whether a homeowner, business, or publ...
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New #WMATA board chair @JackEvansWard2 was asked if board is too big with 16 members. @wamu885news pic.twit...
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Metro says it will meet the first of more than 70 deadlines to comply with federal safety findings, including a requirement to establish a policy banning the distracting use of cell phones and other mobile devices in its Rail Operations Control Center, the transit authority’s version of an air traffic control tower. ...
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Metro’s board of directors is poised to elect a new chair to lead the transit system’s governing body after a tumultuous year. As 2016 unfolds, questions loom over whether the board’s various personalities and jurisdictions can reach consensus on key issues. Some members are questi...
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Update, 10:45 a.m.: Per a tweet from Mayor Muriel Bowser, all Metrorail stations in the District — with the exception of Benning Road — will be open at 11 a.m. Original post: With the region still digging out from over two feet of snow, area school systems planning t...
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Metro is canceling all service on its rail, bus, and paratransit lines through Sunday as a powerful snowstorm bears down on the East Coast, the first system-wide shutdown since Superstorm Sandy in Oct. 2012. Only bus routes along major corridors were operating by Friday morning, and the last buses and MetroAccess vans will leave the roads between 5 and 6 p.m. The rail system...
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is indicating he may not oppose state legislators' efforts to block tolls on I-66, which are supposed to begin charging motorists on the inside-the-Beltway portion of the highway in 2017, if they send such legislation to his desk. The governor will not veto bills designed to stop the state's plans to build toll lanes on I-66, unless he has t...
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Metro's new boss is promising to turn the transit authority, with its 13,000 employees and one million daily passenger trips, into a customer-focused business. To that end, general manager Paul Wiedefeld, who rides a short stretch of the Red Line to the office, has been reaching out to Metro’s stakeholders since taking the job Nov. 30. He has sat down with legislators and ...
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Will future real estate development guarantee a return of Metro’s lost riders? The problems plaguing the second-busiest subway system in America are well-documented: an economic downturn and federal budget sequestration led to fewer rides; the reduction of a pre-tax transit benefit, provided by more than 5,000 employers, from $255 to $130 per month also contributed to the ...
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How would you define "on time"? Metro has a way of measuring whether its trains run on time, but admits that customers do not believe the numbers, based on their personal commutes. "Customers have expressed a disbelief in the measure because the results often do not match their experiences," according to ...
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Over the past half decade, Metro has touted an “ambitious” program to rebuild its decaying rail infrastructure, rectify safety problems exposed by the 2009 Red Line disaster, and purchase new railcars and buses. The figures are impressive: a six-year, $5 billion capital improvement program. Ambitious it may be, but it has proven more than Metro can handle. The ...
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Broken train doors, jammed brakes, cracked rails and malfunctioning signals — so far 2016 has been a repeat of the dismal 2015 for Metrorail commuters. Through the first week and a half of the new year, chronic delays are snarling commutes. It is not uncommon for a...