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

Truth or bum rap: Are LA drivers bad rainy weather drivers?

We've all seen the meme that Los Angeles can't drive when the clouds break open. We take a look at the data and want to hear from you.

Planned Santa Monica fence aimed at Expo track crossers

It's common sense to avoid crossing train tracks as a pedestrian, but hundreds in Santa Monica have been doing just that.

Ticket amnesty: $3M in fines, 30,000 restored licenses in LA

More than 70,000 outstanding tickets have been resolved, resulting in nearly 30,000 Angelenos having suspended driver's licenses reinstated under the state program.

How to get around this New Year's Eve

With street closures, checkpoints and crowds of revelers, the streets of Los Angeles can be difficult to navigate as people celebrate the new year.

Lyft starts picking up passengers at LAX just in time for Christmas

After months of waiting, the first ride-hailing service will be allowed to pick up passengers from LAX, projected to be the busiest airport in the country this week.

Real-time Metro updates added to Google Maps

The Google Maps app now allows users to check if their Metro bus or train is on time.

Still no Uber pickups from LAX, but survival is possible

LAX is expected to be the busiest airport in the country in the coming week. Here's what you need to know to make it to your flight.

Rejoice! That traffic means the economy is improving

'Tis the season to be stuck in traffic, but be grateful: you're experiencing signs of economic growth.

Anaheim streetcar to Disneyland kicking up controversy

Anaheim's project is being watched in Los Angeles, which is planning its own streetcar project for downtown carrying a nearly $300 million price tag.

One alternative to California gas taxes emerging: Pay-by-the-mile

California may launch a pilot program based on an idea pioneered in Oregon. The program aims to raise road repair revenue based on the number of miles driven.

As LA readies for bike sharing, study shows it can change commuting habits

Los Angeles will join a growing list of cities with bike-share systems and it could change the way people travel, a new study suggests.

LA city parking improvement ideas moving ahead

The city is looking at ideas like cheaper parking fines, lower meter rates during off-hours and apps that alert users when street sweeper trucks have passed.

LA public transit woos seniors as baby boomers go gray

As the rock-and-roll generation ages, Los Angeles' transit agency takes steps to meet their mobility needs via buses and trains.

Shooting victim's church shares message of hope and peace

Sunday services at Church of the Woods in Lake Arrowhead were marked by heartbreak as the congregation remembered one of its own, Michael Wetzel, who died last Wednesday.

OC bus proposal would mean shorter waits, but fewer lines

Bus ridership in Orange County is at a historic low. Officials are trying to attract riders by making most buses more frequent, but cutting some altogether.