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

New Expo Line stations see 12,000 trips on first commute day

The newly completed rail line accesses more than just the beach; it also connects Angelenos to employment centers.

Expo Line to Santa Monica begins service with free rides

It's the train LA's been waiting 60 years for — you can finally ride from downtown to Santa Monica! Here's everything you need to know about the new Expo Line.

Expo Line light rail to Santa Monica could be one of Metro's best bets

Ridership is key to whether the $1.5 billion rail line extension will be worth the investment.

Brown's revised budget reflects more austerity

The governor released his revised 2016-2017 budget proposal in Sacramento. This comes as California's projected tax revenues for April fell by $1 billion.

LA City Council re-re-re-considers adding bike lanes

The Los Angeles City Council has approved, rescinded and re-approved the plan for the future of L.A. streets. Now officials are again considering removal of some bike lanes from the plan.

Video: A time-lapse look at Santa Monica's new Expo Line

Here's a preview of the new segment of the Expo Line from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Plus, watch a time-lapse video of a pre-launch ridealong.

Parking problems around Azusa's Gold Line stations leading to restrictions

Citations have been issued to those parking around the recently opened Gold Line stations in Azusa, raising the question: what about the Expo Line?

#SeekingShade: Twitter users react to LA's missing bus shelters

A KPCC investigation found LA's plan to install bus shelters has fallen apart, leaving bus riders finding alternative ways of seeking shade. Tell us yours!

LA city bus shelters going unbuilt as city seeks to renegotiate contract

A KPCC probe found the city's bus shelter program has collapsed, with hundreds of structures unbuilt and millions in projected revenues yet to be realized.

LA Metro shifts some bus routes, hands others off to smaller agencies

Metro is in the process of revamping its bus service to make wait times shorter for most riders by shifting resources away from less-used lines.

How much benefit does LA reap from its transportation tax?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti touted the economic benefits from Measure R, the sales tax funding transit and highway projects, but an expert says the impact is hard to project.

Another Expo Line crash causes concern about rail crossings

The Expo Line to Santa Monica opens in May but several crossings in the busy downtown area don't have gates to prevent cars from entering the tracks.

More concerns arise as bullet train officials hear from public

The High Speed Rail Authority board listens to unhappy residents on the latest route proposals through Southern California.

Officials and public to weigh in on latest bullet train plans

The action comes to Anaheim as high speed rail officials meet to discuss potential routes through mountainous, densely-populated Southern California.

Push to use 'crash' not 'accident' stresses responsibility

The Associated Press is advising journalists to avoid using the word "accident" to describe car crashes when there's a claim or proof of negligence.