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

Latest high speed rail plan gets review by California lawmakers

California lawmakers questioned high speed rail officials about their latest plan to build the bullet train in Northern California first rather than in SoCal.

Metrolink tickets can now be bought in an app

The Southern California regional rail agency has come out with a way for riders to purchase tickets on their smart phones.

Metro's sales tax hike would hit some areas harder

The sales tax would be 10.25 percent in some Los Angeles cities if the proposal is approved, matching the highest rate in the country.

Electric car rebate's power gets cut for high California earners

Looking to buy a Tesla? If you make more than $250,000, you might want to do it Monday. California is scrapping an electric car rebate for high earners.

Metro asks for public input on $120 billion spending plan

What would you like to see in your neighborhood? Metro is gathering input from the public before it puts a $120 billion sales tax measure on the ballot.

Activists want more biking, walking projects in Metro plan

Metro's $120 billion sales tax initiative includes 4.5 percent for biking and walking improvements. Critics say that's not enough, with advocates hoping for 10 percent.

Metro swipes left on Wi-Fi in trains — again

If you see something, say something. Just don't plan on using your phone. Plans to add W-Fi and cell service to L.A.'s subway have once again been pushed back.

Sepulveda tunnel, toll lanes on Metro's $120B wish list

Los Angeles County voters will be asked to approve a sales tax initiative on the November ballot to generate $120 billion for transportation projects.

City pushes to fingerprint Uber and Lyft drivers

Los Angeles' officials are calling for fingerprinting of Uber and Lyft drivers, something several ride-hailing companies that transport unaccompanied children already do.

Latest bullet train routes get more positive reaction in San Fernando

The California High Speed Rail Authority's redrawn routes from Burbank to Palmdale draw praise from the San Fernando mayor, but not from one conservationist group.

A new proposed route for California's bullet train

The new proposal steers clear of San Fernando Valley communities after an outcry from protesters last year. All options involve tunnels through difficult terrain.

Bike sharing gains momentum as Long Beach launches system

Los Angeles is late to bike sharing, but this year short-term rental systems could roll out in four different areas of the county.

Metro will soon decide projects for $120 billion ballot initiative

Los Angeles County's transit agency will likely ask voters in November to tax themselves and fund big transportation projects. What could we get for $120 billion?

Griffith Park plan now scraps one shuttle, expands another

The city of Los Angeles wants to reduce car traffic around Griffith Park, but it won't move ahead with a plan to open Mt. Hollywood Drive to shuttle buses.

California pedestrian deaths projected to jump 12 percent for 2015

A national highway safety organization projects pedestrian deaths in 2015 could record the largest year-over-year increase on record, based on preliminary data.