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

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.

Union Station to get bike, pedestrian improvements with state grant

The iconic station in downtown Los Angeles will get a makeover of its front entrance, with bike facilities, broader sidewalks and pedestrian crossings all part of the plan.

Foothill Gold Line extension to Azusa to open in March

Six new stations will be added to the Gold Line extension from Pasadena to Azusa. An express bus from North Hollywood to Pasadena will connect the Red and Orange lines to the Gold Line.

To tip or not to tip? Uber policy causes confusion

Should you tip your Uber driver? Is it included in the price? Plus, how to see if your tipping ways may have affected your passenger rating.

Locking bikes to parking meters could become legal in LA

The city of Los Angeles is looking to make it easier to park a bike in Westwood by allowing riders to lock their bikes to parking meters, which is currently illegal.

Metro picks 7 LA locations for transit-tied development

Metro wants to develop more affordable housing around transit hubs in Burbank, Duarte, Willowbrook, Crenshaw, El Monte, Union Station and North Hollywood.

Metrolink drops some fares in hopes of attracting new riders

With ridership falling, the regional rail service is courting students and riders on the Antelope Valley Line with lower fares.

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.