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

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.

Rain on the road? No need to freak on the freeways

Pro stunt driver Jim Wilkey shares tips on driving safely on the roads when they get rain-slicked. Plus, we want to hear your tales of traffic woes.

Boyle Heights pushes to prevent hit-and-runs

Three recent pedestrian deaths in Boyle Heights are prompting safety efforts in the community. A street fair is set for Saturday to raise awareness.

Taking Metro's new NoHo to Pasadena express bus for a spin

It's fast, reliable and still has a new bus smell, says our tester. The bus will connect the San Fernando Valley with the new Gold Line extension opening Saturday.

All aboard to the beach! Expo extension opens May 20

Get your sunscreen ready, the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica will open in just a few months, realizing a long-held dream of a train from downtown to the beach.

Bullet train reversal still provides $2 billion in SoCal improvements

The High Speed Rail Authority's new plan to start the bullet train construction in the Bay Area provides dollars for rail upgrades and improvements in Southern California.

Metro considers charging for parking at 9 stations

A proposed pilot program would mean daily charges for transit riders of $2 to $3 to park at nine Metro stations and 10 times that for non-users.

A sneak peek at the new Gold Line Foothill Extension

The public will have to wait until March 5 to ride the 12 new miles of the Gold Line, but Metro officials took the train for an early spin.

Battle over Griffith Park bridge pits bikes against horses

The city of Burbank has voted to ban bikes from a car-free bridge that connects to Griffith Park. Horse riders say bikes pose a safety hazard to the animals.

Orange County proposes updated bus plan after public outcry over cuts

Orange County has seen steep declines in ridership, but a plan to attract more riders by shifting resources to busier lines proved unpopular.

Love on the bus: Can carless be sexy in a changing LA?

With expanding transit options, ride-hailing apps, and environmental concerns, could Los Angeles be at an inflection point in its love affair with the car?

Westwood, Central bike lanes move ahead in Mobility Plan

The LA City Planning Commission took up the controversial plan for the future of city streets Thursday, rejecting proposals to remove some bike lanes.

Westwood, South LA bike lanes subject of Mobility Plan hearing

The city Mobility Plan is pitting competing visions against each other in Westwood and South .LA., one pro-car and the other pro-bike.

Brentwood residents sound off about Sunset traffic

Frustrated Westsiders attended a community meeting to discuss gridlock on Sunset Boulevard near the 405, where many complained it can take an hour to drive one mile.