Meghan McCarty Carino

Commuting and Mobility Reporter

Contact Meghan McCarty Carino

Meghan McCarty Carino 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

LA bus service revamp: Shorter waits, but fewer routes

A Blue Ribbon Committee convened by L.A. County Metro has proposed increasing bus frequency for most of the system by cutting service on some less-busy lines.

Trying to fix California's $59 billion road problem

California roads and bridges have racked up $59 billion in backlogged repairs. A special joint session of the legislature is tackling how to close that gap.

Pacific Surfliner Amtrak train now under local control

The state of California has handed over management of the second busiest Amtrak train to a little known local agency called LOSSAN.

California looks to curb deadly hit-and-run 'epidemic'

A bill in the California state legislature calls for emergency "yellow alerts" to be sent via electronic highway signs when a driver leaves the scene of a deadly accident.

LAX still a no-go zone for ride share pickups

In April Mayor Garcetti promised Uber and Lyft would be able to pick up from the airport by summer. It's getting hotter - but still no ride share pickups at LAX.

UCLA's 'parking guru' pulls out of his spot

Donald Shoup — one of the world's experts on parking policy — is retiring after four decades. His prescription for L.A.'s parking: you've got to pay for it.

Sneak peek of Expo Line light rail to Santa Monica

Metro is running test trains on the new Expo Line light rail stretch that will connect Downtown LA to Santa Monica for the first time in 60 years.

LA Metro to cut water use during drought

The agency that keeps the trains running wants to make sure they're not keeping their taps running too long. Metro will try to cut water by 20 percent by 2017.

LA chooses different bike share system than Santa Monica

Metro has chosen an operator to run its bike share program despite concerns the docking system is different than ones planned for Santa Monica and Long Beach.

LA considers scaling back controversial jaywalking tickets

A recent crackdown on pedestrians in downtown Los Angeles has spurred protest by activists. City Council members are considering changing enforcement policy.

Downtown streetcar plan inches ahead - without funding plan

The L.A. City Council calls for engineering plans to be drawn up, but it's unclear how the $280 million project will be funded.

LA Metro moving to close down dangerous rail crossings

As train service increases across Southern California, concerns over safety at track crossings are growing. Several deadly accidents have occurred in recent years.

Boarding at the back: LA's experiment to speed up late buses

Metro is trying a new system called all-door boarding to speed up one of its busiest — and tardiest — bus lines. Will it pencil out?

SoCal bike sharing programs may not work together

L.A. Metro will choose a vendor to operate its bike share program, but will it be compatible with Santa Monica's bike share operator?

Stuck in gridlock: Why 405 expansion didn't cut your commute

A year after the 405 expansion, traffic is flowing better but rush hour wait times remain the same. Why doesn't adding a lane cut down on traffic during peak hours?