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 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.

San Fernando Valley calls for fair share of transit funding

L.A. Metro wants to raise $120 billion for transportation projects over the next 40 years with another tax increase. Some ask: what could the Valley get out of it?

Meet the machine that's digging a rail connection to LAX

Call her Harriet. That's the name of the L.A. Metro tunnel boring machine that will dig the tunnel for the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line.

Name the next, great traffic jam

Three traffic-jamming projects are in SoCal's future, beginning Friday night and impacting weekends for several weeks.

Metro head urges taking the long view after falling ridership

Metro CEO Phil Washington downplayed declining ridership numbers, saying the numbers are cyclical and his agency plans for the long haul.

Go LA: Trip-planning app tells you the skinniest way to travel

The new Go LA app will tell you the fastest, cheapest and greenest options to get from here to there, plus how many calories you'll burn on the way.

LA road, transit projects face cuts as gas tax revenues drop

Low gas prices are good news for drivers, but they mean less gas tax revenues for Los Angeles County transportation projects.

Metro moves to reverse falling ridership

Ridership has fallen about 9 percent in the past two years on buses and trains in L.A. county, raising questions about Metro's spending of billions to expand transit service.