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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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Virginia's congressional delegation is applauding a decision by federal officials to fully fund construction of the Silver Line rail project to Dulles Airport and beyond into Loudoun County. This may be good news for drivers on the Dulles Toll Road, too. The approval of two large, low-interest federal loans means tolls on the Dulles Toll Road won't have to be raised for at l...
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At a hearing before the state's Public Service Commission Friday, regulators sought answers about how Uber would function if they approve a proposed settlement allowing Uber to stay in Maryland. The commission's transportation chief Christopher Koermer was asked about Uber's driver background checks and unpopular surge pricing policy. He responded, "In the settlement we have...
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Electronic signs commonplace on Metrorail platforms that show arrival times for trains are coming to bus stops across the transit authority’s regional bus system, Metro announced on Thursday. Metro will test the signs at four bus stops: in D.C. at H Street and 7th Street Northwest right outside the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station, in Montgomery County at Viers Mi...
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District transportation officials marked a record year for bike lane construction at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday at the 4th Street Northwest-Southwest bicycle route along Independence Avenue. Nine miles of bike lanes were built in 2014, bringing the District’s total to 69 in all eight wards. Under the MoveDC plan, 15 more miles will be built in the next two yea...
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The three streetcars built by Oregon Iron Works, loaded with sandbags, have passed their final braking and propulsion tests. The Federal Transit Administration has received and reviewed all the necessary safety documentation from District transportation officials, and it is now up to the safety oversight office within the D.C. Fire Department to determine when the streetcars...
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Virginia has two new toll highways and the state is planning to build a third, along the I-66 corridor outside the Beltway. The state will also study building express toll lanes inside the Beltway as well. When new highway lanes are built in Virginia, they come with tolls: E-ZPass-only toll lanes where HOV-3 carpoolers ride free. That's the case along 495 and 95. It will als...
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Fourteen months after she nearly lost a leg in a crash, Kelly Dillon says she finally feels safe in her Northwest D.C. neighborhood again. "Before the changes that were made, people were driving two abreast in the road, passing each other on the right, speeding, and now people are driving single file and going noticeably slower," Dillon says. The big change on Arkan...
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After losing $51 million in its first full year of operations in 2013, the 495 Express Lanes — 14 miles of E-ZPass-only toll and HOV-3 lanes along the Beltway in Northern Virginia — are collecting enough toll revenue to cover their operating expenses as 2014 comes to a close, said t...
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Washington taxi drivers can be an independent bunch. They consider their cabs as their own small business endeavors, and they often chafe at regulations approved by the D.C. Taxicab Commission. That's why it may be surprising that some drivers are welcoming the latest edict passed down by regulators: a universal e-hail app. Faced with ...
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Consider it a toll holiday. When the 95 Express Lanes open to traffic on Sunday, motorists will be able to use the new lanes without paying the toll. They will connect to the 495 Express Lanes along the Beltway, forming a network of tolled highways guaranteeing a high-speed commute to anyone willing to carpool or, eventually, pay a toll. Electronic toll collection ...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the opening date for the 95 Express Lanes at a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning at the Northern Virginia headquarters of Transurban, the Australia-based toll road operator hired by the state to oversee construction of the E-ZPass-only lanes between Fairfax and Stafford Counties. The Express Lanes will open to traffic this coming Sunday,...
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Mayor Vincent Gray shot down the idea of closing a busy portion of I-395 under the 3rd Street Tunnel to help a real estate developer finish an enormous project faster, calling it a “non-starter,” a position backed up by the District’s top transportation official on Tuesday. District Department of Transportation Director Matt Brown said his agency had reached out to fed...
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The supply of on-street parking is out of balance in Washington. In some neighborhoods there are more than enough spaces. In others, demand is so intense that motorists endlessly circle blocks or make dangerous maneuvers to nab a space as soon as it becomes available. At least that is the scenario the District Department of Transportation described during a briefing on Tuesd...
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Metro’s new railcars may avoid another delay. The first of the modern 7000-series railcars are expected to debut early next year after an announcement by the transit authority that it has reached an agreement with safety oversight officials, ending a dispute over how Metro was documenting the railcars’ safety certification. The Tri-State Oversight Committee (TO...
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Federal officials have informed the District’s lead transportation agency that if it wishes to close part of a busy highway to help a developer expedite the completion of a real estate project, at least one lengthy environmental study would be required. In a letter to...
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Life along H Street Northeast has taken on a strange repetitiveness for restaurant owner Howard Frampton. Every 10 minutes or so of every day of every week, a gleaming red and gray streetcar slides past his Jamaican eatery at the corner of H and 6th Streets, its electric whir distinct amid the urban din. It comes to a stop at a newly built platform at the end of the block, r...
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Transportation apps have exploded in popularity in D.C., where so many new residents don't own cars and look for alternatives to get around. Now, the District is offering some high-tech help for businesses and individuals. Let's say you are leaving a restaurant or store and you're not sure the fastest way to get home. Now imagine if the business had a digital dashboard showi...
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Commuting in the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia is about to change, possibly for the better, but the faster ride will not be cheap unless you are in an HOV-3 carpool. The typical toll on the 95 Express Lanes, 30 miles of EZ Pass-only toll lanes between Garrisonville Road in Stafford County and Edsall Road in Fairfax County, is expected to cost between $6 and $8, accordin...
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When the five Silver Line stations opened in late July, the Fairfax Connector buses followed. Now Fairfax County is making changes to dozens of bus routes to help commuters reach new Silver Line stations and other busy locations. Dozens of new routes were designed to ...
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The big pot of federal money that pays for highways and transit projects is expected to run dry again next spring unless Congress acts. A new report is recommending ways to fix this chronic funding problem. The federal gas tax hasn’t been raised since 1993 — it’s still 18 cents a gallon — and that may be the biggest reason why the Highway Trust Fund keeps verging on ...