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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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Metro’s board of directors pleaded with transit authority leaders to provide explanations and plans of action during a special meeting held Thursday morning at WMATA headquarters, after a string of safety lapses and scathing federal reports have dominated headlines throughout the summer. The board usually recesses in August. General manager Paul Wiedefeld, chief operating ...
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Uber is unveiling a new feature in the Washington metropolitan region on Thursday that expands its on-demand ride-hailing service onto terrain once held by traditional taxicab companies. Customers using the UberX app will be able to schedule rides from 30 minutes to 30 days in advance, the kind of service cab and limo companies using central dispatch have offered for decades...
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Six months after opening its first streetcar line in more than 50 years, the District is expanding service on its H Street/Benning Road line in Northeast Washington. Streetcars will run seven days per week with the start of Sunday service effective Sept. 18, and streetcars will run more frequently along the 2.2-mile corridor, WAMU 88.5 has learned. Headways — the...
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Metrorail still has not cleared a critical maintenance backlog that was identified more than a year ago after a derailment on tracks under downtown Washington, information obtained by WAMU 88.5 shows. After an empty Orange Line train tipped over Aug. 6, 2015, because of a ...
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A derailment, a new police investigation, red signal overruns, and two scathing federal safety reports. Politico Pro's Lauren Gardner, David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington and members of the Metropocalypse Facebook Group join Martin to try to make sense of a rough couple of weeks for Metro. Plus, a suggestion from the MetroGreater co...
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Updated 4:15 p.m. In an unexpected turn, Metro announced Thursday that its investigation into the derailment of a Silver Line train has been expanded to include Metro Transit Police. “The administrative review [of the incident] uncovered infor...
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In the three weeks since a derailment exposed holes in Metro’s inspection regime, transit authority inspectors have identified at least 19 additional track locations that required speed restrictions or the track being taken out of service for immediate repairs,...
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Next time you're in an underground Metro station, look up and around. Are you in a calming streetscape setting? Or does it feel more like an interstellar battle station? Historian Zachary M. Schrag discusses the architects’ original intent to make Metro’s undergr...
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Another derailment? A transit police officer who allegedly was trying to help ISIS? As the bad news keeps coming for WMATA, we've been thinking about how Metro's woes compare with those of older systems. Kate Hinds, who covers transportation for WNYC in New York, reminds us that every city's subway has its weaknesses: Washington...
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Nearly six months since its long-awaited debut, the District’s first streetcar line in more than half a century is quietly exceeding early ridership projections while avoiding the kinds of mishaps that have placed the Metrorail system under constant and intense scrutiny. Alt...
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Updated 3:50 p.m. A 36-year-old Metro Transit policeman was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with assisting the Islamic State group “by transmitting funds to ISIL through electronic gift cards,” according to a memo sent to the WMATA board by Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld and obtained by WAMU 88.5. Authorities say Nicholas Young of Fairfax,...
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The partial derailment of a Silver Line train during morning rush hour on Friday was caused by “a track condition, specifically a condition where the two rails on which trains run were too wide as a result of deteriorated rail ties,” Metro announced in a preliminary finding in its ongoing investigation. The condition is commonly referred to as wide gauge. “Other pos...
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Construction on electronic toll lanes for Interstate 66 is ready to begin, the first piece in a decades-old vision to fundamentally transform the notoriously congested highway in Northern Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday. The governor was flanked at the unveiling in Arlington by local elected officials and state transportation bureaucrats as he unveiled a new hi...
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Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia discusses how changing the pay structure for Metro's unionized workers could help the transit agency close up some of its budgetary holes. And Jackie Jeter, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, offers a counterpoint from the perspective of organized labor. (Not everybody with a big salary at Metro is a union member, she says.) ...
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Updated 3 p.m. Metro says rail service will be shut down through Friday afternoon between Ballston and West Falls Church on the Orange Line and Ballston and McLean on the Silver Line to allow for repairs to track damaged by a derailment. ...
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A Metrorail operator fired for running a red signal on the Red Line was rushing to get to his break at a location with plenty of good restaurant options, the transit authority’s chief safety officer said on Thursday in the most detailed description to date of the incident on the evening of July 5. The operator, whose name has not been released, nearly ran over two track wor...
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As Metrorail operators overrun red signals at an increasing clip, the transit authority is considering ways to keep the drivers focused on their jobs — more than a year after outside experts came up with 18 recommendations designed to reduce distractions. But as the critical safety violations pile up, Metro management is under pressure to explain why it has not fully adopte...
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Five years after the District approved funding for a pedestrian safety study, transportation officials say they are moving closer to making major changes to slow down traffic cutting through a historic neighborhood – one of the first projects that may serve as a model for the city as it pursues the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities over the next decade, known as Vision Zero...