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]

Stories by Meghan McCarty

San Fernando Valley calls for fair share of transit funding

L.A. Metro wants to raise $120 billion for transportation projects over the next 40 years with another tax increase. Some ask: what could the Valley get out of it?

Meet the machine that's digging a rail connection to LAX

Call her Harriet. That's the name of the L.A. Metro tunnel boring machine that will dig the tunnel for the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line.

Name the next, great traffic jam

Three traffic-jamming projects are in SoCal's future, beginning Friday night and impacting weekends for several weeks.

Metro head urges taking the long view after falling ridership

Metro CEO Phil Washington downplayed declining ridership numbers, saying the numbers are cyclical and his agency plans for the long haul.

Go LA: Trip-planning app tells you the skinniest way to travel

The new Go LA app will tell you the fastest, cheapest and greenest options to get from here to there, plus how many calories you'll burn on the way.

LA road, transit projects face cuts as gas tax revenues drop

Low gas prices are good news for drivers, but they mean less gas tax revenues for Los Angeles County transportation projects.

Metro moves to reverse falling ridership

Ridership has fallen about 9 percent in the past two years on buses and trains in L.A. county, raising questions about Metro's spending of billions to expand transit service.

Biking in the rains? Have a game plan

With rains from typical winter storms expected Saturday and more El Niño rains on the horizon, bikers can follow these tips when they ride.

Uber can now pick up passengers at LAX

Passengers will be able to call on Uber's cheaper uberX service to pick them up at LAX, the country's second busiest airport.

Griffith Park plan calls for parking charges, more shuttle service

To cut down on traffic and parking issues, Los Angeles city officials propose metered parking, bike lanes and expanded shuttle service.

El Niño highlighting aging roadways, limits in funding repairs

The recurring storms that flooded roads earlier this month raise the question: how prepared is Caltrans to deal with El Niño's expected onslaught?

Uber pays $7.6 million fine to avoid suspension in California

California is penalizing the popular ride-hailing service for failing to provide documentation on rides and passengers in 2014. Uber will pay and appeal the fine.

How to report LA potholes, file claim for car damage

El Niño is wreaking havoc on our already bumpy roads. Reports of potholes in Los Angeles doubled during last week's storms. Here's what to do if you drive into one.

Fans gather in Inglewood to celebrate Rams' return

News of the Rams' return brought dozens of fans to the parking lot of the Hollywood Park Casino Tuesday night, where revelers were decked out in blue and gold Rams jerseys and T-shirts that read “Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams.”

Governor's road repair plan would reach into drivers' wallets

With a $59 billion funding hole to pay for crumbling roads, the governor wants drivers to pay more to use them. His budget plan could cost drivers about $100 more a year.