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 Council's decision on bike lanes disappoints advocates

Bike lanes proposed for Westwood Boulevard and Central Avenue have been deleted from the city's mobility plan and relocated to less busy parallel streets.

Would you commute earlier if you were paid for it?

San Francisco's BART is offering riders cash to change their commute times from the busiest hour. Could something similar help the overstuffed Expo Line?

Pay by the mile or at the pump? A gas tax experiment

Which is cheaper? It depends on what kind of car you drive. We signed up as a guinea pig for California's road charge pilot program and just got our first mock bill.

Lowest Labor Day gas prices in years benefits drivers, not roads

Gas prices haven't been this low on Labor Day since Facebook was born. But the win for consumers means less funds for road repairs.

West Hollywood bike-share launches, UCLA system coming next

Los Angeles County now has five bike-share systems and another is on the way. But compatibility is an issue with differing types of bikes in different cities.

Real-time bus information finally arriving at LA stops

Metro train riders are used to reading signs that say when to expect train arrivals, but now bus riders will be seeing real-time information at some bus stops.

Metro extends Noho to Pasadena express bus pilot program

The express bus connects two transit hubs, but ridership has not yet hit targets. Metro hopes to entice additional riders with more frequent weekday service.

LA City Council makes way for LAX improvement plan

A long-sought connection between LAX and Metro trains is among the projects that can move forward following settlement of a dispute with a community group.

DASH bus service changes in the works

Public hearings begin Saturday on the city of Los Angeles' proposal to expand its DASH bus service in some areas and reduce them in others.

Where students can get discounted LA Metro passes

Students used to have to wait months and apply through the mail to get a discount transit pass. Now they can purchase a pass when they register for classes at six local colleges.

Neighborhood mourns 14-year-old killed by police

Boyle Heights neighbors gathered in a vigil Wednesday night to mourn a 14-year-old boy killed by Los Angeles police officers Tuesday.

Metro's Expo Line is a victim of its own success

Trains are packed on the Expo Line's new extension to Santa Monica during peak hours, but adding more trains may not solve the problem.

Which costs more for drivers — per-mile charge or gas tax?

As gas taxes fail to cover road repair costs, Caltrans is running a pilot program to see if charges based on miles driven would work better. KPCC's Meghan McCarty signed up to find out.

Suit seeks to stop license suspensions for unpaid traffic fines for low-income drivers

Plaintiffs argue that California law only authorizes a license to be suspended for unpaid traffic fines if the driver willfully failed to pay.

Cell service on LA's subway is expanding — slowly

Delays have plagued the start of cell phone service in Metro subways, but Sprint is now providing service.