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

Metro plan to bring Wi-Fi to subway could attract new riders

A new study shows more Chicagoans may be choosing to ride transit so they can use their smartphones. Could Wi-Fi on LA's subways convince more Angelenos to ride?

LA moves to regulate 'on-demand' valet parking apps

Two new apps allow users to summon a valet attendant with a smartphone. Now, the city is looking at requirements for on-demand services similar to those for regular valets.

Vote for the worst stretch of traffic in Los Angeles

A report this week names a stretch of the 101 as the most congested road in the country. Does that ring true? Tell us where you think the worst traffic is.

FAQ: What you need to know about rideshare at LAX

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft will finally be allowed to both pick up and drop off passengers at LAX. But how many? How soon? How expensive? We've got the lowdown.

LA City Council approves plan to allow Uber, Lyft at LAX

The Los Angeles City Council voted to approve the Airport Commission's plan allowing ridesharing services to pick up passengers at LAX.

Why carpooling is disappearing and how some apps are trying to bring it back

The rate of carpooling to work has been steadily declining in recent decades, but a crop of apps in the model of Uber is paving the way for a new wave of ridesharing.

Carpools are disappearing but new apps could bring them back

Fewer people are catching a ride with work buddies these days, but the new model of ridesharing could be the ticket to getting some carpools off the road.

LAX decision offers a chance to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft

The city of L.A. regulates taxis, but it doesn't have the same authority over rideshare operators, so officials are using their leverage with LAX to get concessions.

LA City Council committee votes in favor of allowing Uber, Lyft at LAX

A committee of the Los Angeles City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to support an earlier decision to allow rideshare services like Uber and Lyft to pick up riders at LAX.

Calif. to look into how to fund road repairs as gas tax income sputters

With a month remaining in this year's session, big questions are still loom - like how to find cash to fill a $59 billion hole for road repairs.

'Mobility Plan' to reshape LA roads passes city council

A plan to reshape Los Angeles roadways over the next 20 years passed City Council Tuesday, but questions about several controversial bike lanes remain.

Vision Zero: LA embraces ambitious plan for road safety

Vision Zero envisions a future with zero traffic deaths. Sounds far-fetched in car-centric L.A., but some city officials want to change how we think about roads.

Tito's Tacos backpedals demand to shut down CicLAvia

The owner of Tito's Tacos threatened to shut CicLAvia down over concerns it would hurt business, but she's since toned down her rhetoric.

Sexual harassment on LA public transit drops — slightly

Earlier this year Metro launched a campaign to combat sexual harassment on buses and trains. A new survey of riders shows a slight improvement.

LA City Council to consider Uber, other ride shares at LAX

The airport decided last month to allow Uber, but now the City Council has decided to review and possibly reject the decision.