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

Which costs more for drivers — per-mile charge or gas tax?

As gas taxes fail to cover road repair costs, Caltrans is running a pilot program to see if charges based on miles driven would work better. KPCC's Meghan McCarty signed up to find out.

Suit seeks to stop license suspensions for unpaid traffic fines for low-income drivers

Plaintiffs argue that California law only authorizes a license to be suspended for unpaid traffic fines if the driver willfully failed to pay.

Cell service on LA's subway is expanding — slowly

Delays have plagued the start of cell phone service in Metro subways, but Sprint is now providing service.

LA's plan to eliminate fatalities on its streets

Communities are being asked for feedback on possible approaches like engineering streets to slow car traffic and increasing enforcement of speed limits.

Metro faces high hurdle on transit sales tax measure

A Los Angeles County tax hike to fund rail, bus and highway improvements requires two-thirds of voters, a tall order in the biggest county in the nation.

LA's bike-share program opens to walk-up users Monday

Starting Monday, Los Angeles County's bike-share program will be open to walk-up riders. That comes as a new report shows bike-share access isn't always available to low-income communities.

Sand Fire disrupting rail service for Antelope Valley commuters

Metrolink officials expected rail service north of the Via Princessa station would be cancelled for a second day because of the Sand Fire.

LA County bike share program off to quick start

More than 1,600 people have purchased passes to rent the 1,000 bikes available in the downtown L.A. area.

With Pokémon Go, watch where you walk

Distracted users of Pokémon Go are adding to the pile of reasons why using your cell phone while walking carries risks.

Public input sought for LAX connector project

Those who miss a public meeting tonight can submit their comments on an environmental impact review on the Metro website.

Report: Ridership rises when transit serves walkable areas

Transit think tank suggests Los Angeles would get the most return on its investment by supporting transit in communities like Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles.

CA drivers testing per-mile charges vs. gas taxes for road repairs

We're participating in Caltrans' pilot program to see if charging drivers per-mile versus gas taxes would generate enough revenues for needed road repairs.

Research shows bike sharers have lower rates of injury than other cyclists

Last week saw the first fatality of a bike-share rider in the U.S. The news comes as Los Angeles gets ready for its new bike-share system downtown.

Attracting low-income riders to LA Metro bike sharing

While most transit users in Los Angeles are low-income, they make up a small percentage of bike-share users nationwide.

Cheerfully gruesome Metro safety campaign goes viral

L.A. Metro's videos feature stick figures that get decapitated, dismembered and maimed by passing trains, all accompanied by cheerful narration for the purpose of promoting safety.