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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

About 1 in 5 pedestrians killed or injured in LA is a child

Students took to the streets in droves Wednesday as part of the annual Walk to School Day, an international effort to raise awareness of road safety issues around schools.

USC cuts employee subsidy for transit, citing budget reasons

Many companies offer incentives to get workers out of cars and onto public transit, but USC has discontinued its discount program for bus and train passes.

LA's vision for safer streets running into 'road diet' congestion concerns

Los Angeles has announced an ambitious plan to make its streets safer for bikes and pedestrians. But if Highland Park is any indication, it won't be easy.

Forest Service seeking comment on Angeles Forest test borings for high-speed rail

The public can submit comments on plans to drill test holes in the Angeles Forest as part of the assessment for the California bullet train's alternative routes.

Observatory traffic ruined the supermoon eclipse for many

Sunday's supermoon lunar eclipse had some folks howling in super traffic after thousands of people flocked to the hilltop observatory to take in the rare celestial occurrence.

LA to Vegas bullet train could move ahead with help from China

A private rail company has announced a partnership with a Chinese company to build a bullet train between Victorville, 85 miles east of Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.

LA bike and pedestrian count kicks off this week

A UCLA/Los Angeles County Bike Coalition/Los Angeles Walks survey Wednesday and Saturday aims to answer questions about who bikes and where pedestrians walk.

LA Olympic hopes inspire subway dreams

The LA bid for the 2024 Olympics has revived hopes for a faster completion of the so-called "Subway to the Sea." At the current pace it won't open until 2035.

First bike share program in county begins in Santa Monica

The bright green bikes of the Santa Monica Breeze bike share system have hit the streets of the beach city. Bike share will be coming to the city of L.A. next year.

Metro plan to bring Wi-Fi to subway could attract new riders

A new study shows more Chicagoans may be choosing to ride transit so they can use their smartphones. Could Wi-Fi on LA's subways convince more Angelenos to ride?

LA moves to regulate 'on-demand' valet parking apps

Two new apps allow users to summon a valet attendant with a smartphone. Now, the city is looking at requirements for on-demand services similar to those for regular valets.

Vote for the worst stretch of traffic in Los Angeles

A report this week names a stretch of the 101 as the most congested road in the country. Does that ring true? Tell us where you think the worst traffic is.

FAQ: What you need to know about rideshare at LAX

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft will finally be allowed to both pick up and drop off passengers at LAX. But how many? How soon? How expensive? We've got the lowdown.

LA City Council approves plan to allow Uber, Lyft at LAX

The Los Angeles City Council voted to approve the Airport Commission's plan allowing ridesharing services to pick up passengers at LAX.

Why carpooling is disappearing and how some apps are trying to bring it back

The rate of carpooling to work has been steadily declining in recent decades, but a crop of apps in the model of Uber is paving the way for a new wave of ridesharing.