Meghan McCarty Commuting and Mobility Reporter

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Meghan McCarty covers commuting and mobility issues for KPCC. Got a gripe about gridlock or public transit? She’d love to hear from you.

She gets to work in a car - for now – but occasionally jumps on the Metro and walks as often as she can. She's looking for advice to become a more intrepid biker.

Meghan has been with KPCC since 2010, when she was hired as an Associate Producer for The Madeleine Brand Show, where she created her signature Weekend Alibi datebook feature. She went on to report, produce and edit for Take Two Show, KPCC's award-winning morning newsmagazine.

Meghan has contributed to public media outlets up and down California, from KQED in San Francisco and KVIE in Sacramento to KCET TV in L.A. She has reported abroad from South Africa, Germany, India, Israel and the West Bank.

Meghan got her Masters from USC's Annenberg School of Journalism and her B.A. in English from UCLA, but she is not torn when it comes to rooting for sports teams (it would be impolitic to reveal her allegiance).

Meghan would love to hear from you. Send her story ideas, grumbles and comments at memccarty [at] scpr.org


Stories by Meghan McCarty

Police boost security after bomb threat to LA Metro

L.A. police and sheriff's deputies are beefing up security at the city's Metro stations after receiving information about a bomb threat to the Universal City station.

Pasadena aims to improve Rose Bowl area traffic

A grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will allow upgrades at intersections that feed into the Rose Bowl area, which gets congested during events.

Metro mulls new policing amid low, but serious crime record

After criticism of the L.A. transit agency's policing, Metro will resume discussion in February on contracts with Los Angeles and Long Beach police as well as with sheriff's deputies.

Metro may drop fines for young fare evaders

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas points to statistics showing black and Latino youth are disproportionately ticketed, which can cause financial hardship and missed classes.

Report shows drop in LA cycling as bike lane expansion slows

Bikes seem to be more visible than ever in L.A., with bike sharing and events like Ciclavia. But a new report shows a drop in people cycling after years of growth.

Metro considers paid parking at more transit stops

Officials see charging a market rate for parking as a way to lower the demand so that it is easier for most people to find a spot.

Measure M projects depend on federal dollars, so what's next?

President-elect Donald Trump wants to build up the country's infrastructure, but the proposal doesn't favor transit and Republicans' aren't predisposed to it.

LA says 'yes' to tax increase for transportation

Los Angeles County voters weighed in Tuesday on a proposal to raise the sales tax to fund billions of dollars in transportation projects.

FAQ: Everything you need to know about Measure M

The Los Angeles County sales tax increase would fund billions of dollars in transportation projects, but it faces a high hurdle at the polls.

Pasadena prepares for bike sharing. Is it ready?

The city known for its thriving Old Town seems like a good fit for short-term bike rentals but advocates say it's lacking more bike lanes and crucial infrastructure.

Safety upgrades underway for Metro's Blue Line

The Blue Line, the oldest and deadliest of Metro's lines, is undergoing upgrades aimed at improving its safety.

LA's rough roads could find a fix in Measure M

The Los Angeles County transportation funding proposal, Measure M, would provide highway improvements and local revenue for projects like road repairs.

Measure M claim to reduce traffic doesn't tell whole story

TV ads tout the transportation spending measure will reduce the time you spend in traffic by 15 percent...but that estimate is for 40 years from now.

Measure M opponents organize to urge 'no' on new sales tax

A new group, "No on M," wants Los Angeles County voters to reject Measure M, which would add a new half-cent sales tax to pay for transportation projects.

Tunneling to begin on downtown Regional Connector rail line

The connector, set to open in 2021, will eliminate the need for many rail transfers, shortening travel time by about 20 minutes through downtown.