Meghan McCarty Carino

Commuting and Mobility Reporter

Contact Meghan McCarty Carino

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 Carino

LAX moves forward with private partner to build tram line

The people mover will connect the terminals with parking, car rentals and the new Crenshaw Light Rail line, providing a rail connection to LAX at long last.

Plan to widen south end of 710 freeway riles communities

A CalTrans project funded by L.A. Metro would displace more than 400 residents, businesses, and a homeless shelter, drawing criticism from affected neighborhoods.

More police on Metro bring more crime reports

Six months after L.A. Metro changed its approach to policing buses and trains, has crime gone down? Statistics show mixed results.

Whistleblower protection bill likely resurrected by #MeToo movement

Assemblywoman Melendez's bill to shield whistleblowers in the legislature was shelved in the Senate four times. On Thursday, lawmakers passed it unanimously.

Rising car ownership may be cause for fewer transit riders

A UCLA study suggests people in groups that traditionally use mass transit are buying more cars, which may be causing the decline in train and bus ridership.

LA traffic fatalities decline, but still land short of goal

The city's Vision Zero program aimed to reduce traffic fatalities in the city last year. Deaths did decline, but not as much as targeted.

Metro officials react to video of woman dragged from subway

Members of the board voiced frustration over how the encounter had escalated and the criticisms it brought on Metro, but their reactions varied.

Should the LAPD enforce Metro's conduct code?

Video of a police officer on a Metro train forcibly removing a young woman — who was later arrested — has stirred controversy about the LAPD's role on public transit.

Is California falling short in preventing drunk driving?

A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit ranked the states on their adoption of regulations that address the top road safety threats. California fell in the middle.

Swab tests and judgment calls: How police are checking for pot DUIs

Californians can now buy recreational pot legally but the science hasn't caught up to the law when it comes to ensuring safe driving.

17 killed in Montecito mudslides identified; 43 missing

Santa Barbara County released a list with the names of the dead, who ranged from ages 3 to 89.

Highway 101 won't reopen until Monday as clean up continues

The California Department of Transportation is working to clear waist-high mud, boulders and trees from 13 miles of the highway running through Montecito.

Could navigation apps help ease traffic congestion?

A new MIT study suggests apps like Waze and Google Maps could help ease traffic congestion, but other research suggests that may not be the case.

LA Metro's bike sharing expands, but ridership lags

Metro's short-term bike rentals is now available in Pasadena, Venice and the Port of L.A. but ridership is still half as high as in cities like San Francisco.

Private partnership could speed up Vermont Avenue transit

Metro could get private investment to speed up bus rapid transit on one of the most highly-trafficked corridors through the central city.