Meghan McCarty Carino

Commuting and Mobility Reporter

Contact Meghan McCarty Carino

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 Carino

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.

Take a train to the Rams game while you still can

Transportation to the Coliseum is easy with the Expo Line train, but when the Rams move to their future stadium in Inglewood, it will be more challenging.

Bikers rejoice: Metro considering 17 'open street' days

CicLAvia and other open streets events have attracted more than a million people since 2010. L.A. transit officials want to expand them into new areas.

Almost half of new Expo Line riders switched from driving

Metro surveyed users of the new light rail to Santa Monica to find out how many are new riders, how they got to the stations and what they think of the train.

LA City Council's decision on bike lanes disappoints advocates

Bike lanes proposed for Westwood Boulevard and Central Avenue have been deleted from the city's mobility plan and relocated to less busy parallel streets.

Would you commute earlier if you were paid for it?

San Francisco's BART is offering riders cash to change their commute times from the busiest hour. Could something similar help the overstuffed Expo Line?

Pay by the mile or at the pump? A gas tax experiment

Which is cheaper? It depends on what kind of car you drive. We signed up as a guinea pig for California's road charge pilot program and just got our first mock bill.

Lowest Labor Day gas prices in years benefits drivers, not roads

Gas prices haven't been this low on Labor Day since Facebook was born. But the win for consumers means less funds for road repairs.