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

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.

San Bernardino brushfire forces evacuations, causes injuries

A small but fast-moving fire in San Bernardino burned several structures and left three people with minor injuries Saturday. The cause of the fire is being investigated as arson.

LA streetcar project chugs ahead

Los Angeles transportation officials released an environmental review for the planned streetcar system in downtown, though its cost remains a major challenge.

LA considers reducing some parking ticket fines

Parking tickets in the city of Los Angeles are more expensive than Santa Monica or West Hollywood. But would lowering fines make scofflaws more likely to park illegally?

Can Metro's November ballot measure really improve traffic?

L.A.'s transit agency hopes voters will approve a sales tax increase dubbed the "Traffic Improvement Plan." But opinions differ on whether congestion would be eased.

Extreme heat leading to more flat tires, spent car batteries

Be prepared, AAA advises. Modern cars may be less likely to overheat than their predecessors, but they're still prone to other problems during heat waves.

LAPD targets Valley streets for traffic enforcement

Despite the ramped up enforcement, LAPD officers still can't issue tickets for speeding, a major contributing factor to motor vehicle injuries and deaths.

Here's how Metro's proposed sales tax could be recalled

Los Angeles County's transit agency wants voters in November to approve a new sales tax to fund billions in transportation projects.

Metro wants to extend sales tax indefinitely to fund projects

A new twist to Metro's proposed ballot measure would add a half-cent sales tax with no end date. The tax revenue would pay for billions in transportation projects.

LA police say they can't enforce speeding on most city streets

Budget cuts reduced the city's ability to conduct updated surveys of driver speeds, and without the updates, police can't enforce the limits.

Take the Gold Line to your Duarte hiking destination

Want to hit the trail but not hit the gas? A shuttle service from the Duarte Gold Line station makes it possible to head to the hills on transit.

Slooow — that's what some Expo Line extension riders say

It's been two weeks since the Expo Line service from downtown L.A. to Santa Monica opened to the public, and the time it takes is not what was advertised, commuters complain.