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

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.

How to get a discount on your old traffic fines

Traffic tickets are expensive. Late fees make it worse. California is reducing some fines to help millions of people pay off old tickets.

How to survive the LAX holiday traffic crunch

Uber and Lyft still aren't permitted to operate from LAX, although you can be dropped off. So what are the best ways to get in and out of the airport for the holidays?

Extra millions for overbudget rail connector as project moves ahead

A Metro board committee voted to enlarge the budget for the project to more than $1.5 billion, but not without some unhappiness.

Metro bike share program fares proposed

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board to take up proposed fees for the county's bike share program scheduled to launch next year.

Reason Foundation unveils ‘car-first’ solution to LA gridlock

The libertarian nonprofit Reason Foundation released a plan Tuesday that aims to ease congestion in Southern California by constructing a network of toll road tunnels and expanding tolled express lanes across several counties.

Reason Foundation envisions cutting traffic with tunnels and tolls

Would you pay more to breeze through SoCal traffic on an express lane or priority overpass? That's one idea floated by the libertarian nonprofit group.

USC study: Expo Line didn't provide much traffic relief

A new University of Southern California study suggests transit projects have benefits for rail passengers, but not for drivers. Take our poll: do you support such projects?

Major overrun for LA rail project results in costly 'lessons learned'

The $1.4 billion Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project requires another $130 million after unanticipated problems, officials say.

New campaign seeks to put human face on traffic signs

Traditional yellow traffic signs can be so impersonal. For one they have no faces. Or feet. And their bodies are made of sticks. A new campaign wants to change that.

As LA council takes up traffic plan again, what would you like to see on city streets?

Procedural errors are forcing a re-vote of the city's Mobility Plan, which has drawn strong support and opposition. Take our poll: what would you like to see on city streets?

First bike-share program in LA County to launch in Santa Monica

The green bikes of Santa Monica's Breeze bike-share program will be rolling out this Thursday. Users can get a free day of riding by signing up online.