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] scpr.org


Stories by Meghan McCarty

A new multi-agency policing effort for Metro trains and buses

LAPD and Long Beach police will join county sheriffs in policing L.A. county buses and trains in an effort to add officers to the system and increase security.

The road to road repairs once again leads to California legislators

After a stalemate lasting a year and a half, the California Legislature will again take on proposals to fund a $136-billion backlog in needed road repairs.

California lawmaker seeks to shut down 710 tunnel proposal for good

There's been a decades-long debate over how to connect two ends of the San Gabriel Valley. Could the option of a 710 tunnel be scrapped for good?

LA struggles to respond to record number of pothole reports

The city of Los Angeles promises to respond to requests to fix potholes within three working days, but winter storms last month quadrupled the usual load.

First Measure M project could be NoHo-to-Pasadena rapid bus

Funded by Measure M, it would replace an express bus already connecting the Orange and Red Lines with the Gold Line with new bus-only lanes.

Women's March significantly boosts Saturday Metro ridership

Saturday's demonstrators were urged to take public transit, increasing the typical Saturday ridership by hundreds of thousands.

Metro fare enforcement probed after civil rights complaint

Federal transportation officials are investigating a complaint that Metro is discriminating against black riders in enforcing fares. Metro denies it does so.

Laurel Canyon reopens, but drivers can still expect delays

The disruption of a major artery between San Fernando Valley and L.A's westside isn't over yet. Any closure has a ripple effect, and there's more rain coming.

Culver City considering protected bike lane near Expo Line

The public can comment by email or in person on the two-lane bikeway, fully separated from car traffic and connecting downtown with the Helms Bakery and Expo Line.

Brown's budget calls for build-up of rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to announce his budget proposal Tuesday against a backdrop of lower state revenues and threats of federal funding cuts.

Beverly Hills tunneling moving closer to reality with Purple Line funds

With new federal funding for the second phase of the Purple Line, planned construction under Beverly Hills High is again stirring controversy.

Norwalk has two rail stations and they don't connect — yet

Community meetings are set to get the public's input on a proposal to connect a Metro station and a Metrolink station now separated by three miles.

Feds commit $1.5 billion to subway from downtown to West LA

The downtown to West L.A. project is already underway and the latest funding will add another 2.6 miles to the Purple Line.

Construction underway on Union Station pedestrian bridge

The project is designed to provide a faster connection for riders of the Metro Silver Line rapid bus and Foothill Transit lines that serve the San Gabriel Valley.

LA Rams' first season was at least a win for public transit

About one-quarter of Rams fans got to the Coliseum by bus or train this season - as many as 20,000 for some games. That exceeded Metro's projections.