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

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.

How will Measure M impact low-income communities?

A panel of experts discussed the Los Angeles County measure to fund transportation projects. One issue: will the poor be impacted disproportionately?

Coachella Valley to LA train up for discussion again

Riverside County officials are seeking the public's comments on a revived proposal to develop train service between Indio and Union Station.

Metro receives private proposals to speed big projects

Several proposals from private companies would set up partnerships with the Los Angeles transit agency to move major transportation projects ahead.

#VoterGamePlan: Does Measure M stand for KPCC's Meghan McCarty?

... because she's been working hard for months to make sure you know all you need to know about the proposed transit funding measure. Meghan talks with Off-Ramp's John Rabe about how she keeps the listener in mind as she reports the story.

Measure M tax increase could cost each resident $25-$65 a year

The proposed sales tax bump would pay for a massive build-out of new train and highway systems, But will a higher tax affect where you buy your next big screen TV?

Griffith Park parking to cost $4 an hour

In a bid to restore more quiet to the municipal park, cars will be charged by the hour by year's end at the observatory lot and along main roads.

Santa Monica's Car Free Fridays encourages new mobility options

The beach city is throwing out a challenge starting this week: give up your car every Friday and take advantage of the new Expo Line, bike sharing or Big Blue Bus.

Metro invites older adults to jump aboard public transit

The number of Los Angeles County seniors will sharply increase over 15 years, so Metro is working to ease their transit travel while seeking their support for Measure M.

Bike and pedestrian improvements coming soon to Figueroa

The "My Figueroa" project will add wider sidewalks, bus platforms, landscaping and a protected bike lane to Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Safety system in use in LA might have stopped NJ train crash

The Positive Train Control safety system can automatically slow or stop a train headed for a crash. Despite a federal mandate, most rail lines have not installed it.

Metro plans changes soon to ease Expo Line's overcrowding

The popular downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica extension of the Expo Line may soon see relief from the overcrowding that has been the subject of complaints.

WeHo council backs Metro measure in hopes of local rail

West Hollywood officials have long pushed for a train, so they are backing Metro's Measure M sales tax measure in hopes the rail line can be built sooner.

Rams games are creating Metro havoc, but don't expect much to change

Some fans waited 90 minutes to get on the trains after the Rams game with the Seahawks. That might still be better than the sky-high prices for parking spots.