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

How to survive the LAX holiday traffic crunch

Uber and Lyft still aren't permitted to operate from LAX, although you can be dropped off. So what are the best ways to get in and out of the airport for the holidays?

Extra millions for overbudget rail connector as project moves ahead

A Metro board committee voted to enlarge the budget for the project to more than $1.5 billion, but not without some unhappiness.

Metro bike share program fares proposed

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board to take up proposed fees for the county's bike share program scheduled to launch next year.

Reason Foundation unveils ‘car-first’ solution to LA gridlock

The libertarian nonprofit Reason Foundation released a plan Tuesday that aims to ease congestion in Southern California by constructing a network of toll road tunnels and expanding tolled express lanes across several counties.

Reason Foundation envisions cutting traffic with tunnels and tolls

Would you pay more to breeze through SoCal traffic on an express lane or priority overpass? That's one idea floated by the libertarian nonprofit group.

USC study: Expo Line didn't provide much traffic relief

A new University of Southern California study suggests transit projects have benefits for rail passengers, but not for drivers. Take our poll: do you support such projects?

Major overrun for LA rail project results in costly 'lessons learned'

The $1.4 billion Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project requires another $130 million after unanticipated problems, officials say.

New campaign seeks to put human face on traffic signs

Traditional yellow traffic signs can be so impersonal. For one they have no faces. Or feet. And their bodies are made of sticks. A new campaign wants to change that.

As LA council takes up traffic plan again, what would you like to see on city streets?

Procedural errors are forcing a re-vote of the city's Mobility Plan, which has drawn strong support and opposition. Take our poll: what would you like to see on city streets?

First bike-share program in LA County to launch in Santa Monica

The green bikes of Santa Monica's Breeze bike-share program will be rolling out this Thursday. Users can get a free day of riding by signing up online.

For artists, driving for Uber and Lyft can beat waiting tables

Flexible hours can trump the low wages and lack of benefits for actors and entertainers seeking an additional income stream.

City seeks ideas to turn streets into people-friendly spaces

Community groups can apply to turn portions of streets into plazas, mini-parks and other uses under a Los Angeles transportation department program.

LA Metro gets federal grant for South LA bike, pedestrian path

A plan to convert an old freight rail line in South Los Angeles into a pedestrian and bike pathway got a boost this week with a $15 million federal grant.

How would you change parking in LA?

A citizens group on parking reform presented its recommendations to the Los Angeles City Council Transportation Committee this week.

Locking up bikes to get easier in Westwood, along major city streets

The Los Angeles City Council approved a pilot program that allows bicyclists around UCLA and elsewhere to lock their bikes to parking meters with special hitches.