Meghan McCarty Carino

Commuting and Mobility Reporter

Contact Meghan McCarty Carino

Meghan McCarty Carino 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

How California initiatives became a big money game

The story behind the California Lottery tells us a lot about the role of special interests in our direct democracy process.

Who to thank (or blame) for California’s direct democracy

How California came to have one of the most powerful, and least flexible initiative processes in the world.

LA’s scooter wars sound like the early auto wars

The contempt directed at e-scooters today remind us of the vitriol that greeted another innovation the automobile.

LA makes electric scooters legal but limits their numbers

The city won't cap the speed of scooters to 12 miles per hour, as was proposed. LA also won't limit the number of companies that can operate.

How a transportation safety net could keep more people off the streets

Discounted transit fares and subsidies for new shared mobility tech, like scooters and ride-share, could help low-income people stay on their feet.

My Figueroa street revamp adds safety for walkers and bikers

Four miles of the busy road between downtown Los Angeles and USC has been redesigned with protected or buffered bike lanes, new crosswalks and landscaping.

How cheaper Metro passes and scooters (yes, really) can help prevent homelessness

Housing costs are a problem, yes. But the single biggest factor in the odds of escaping poverty and avoiding homelessness might just be access to transportation.

LA could join scooter ban wagon while city sorts out rules

Some city officials want to put the brakes on e-scooters, but others say it's unnecessary to ban the Birds when regulations are already in the works.

Metro studying options to extend Crenshaw Line north

West Hollywood officials have pushed for years to get rail into their city, and they're getting creative with funding options to speed up the project.

Beverly Hills bans Bird scooters for six months

After complaints they have become a nuisance, Beverly Hills will crack down on those who ride the dockless devices or leave them in the city.

LA Explained: Nothing can fix our infamous traffic, so deal with it

Not new trains. Not freeways. Not flying cars. Not Elon Musk. It's unfixable.

New Figueroa bike lane full of taxis, cars for sale

Los Angeles officials are educating the public and cracking down on cars in the brand new bike lane in front of Staples Center and the L.A. convention center.

High home prices and congestion shrink the California dream

In the 1950s the planned suburb of Lakewood afforded the good life to everyday Californians. But for residents today, smaller promises come at a much higher cost.

The infamous Sepulveda Pass could get a rail line

The improvement is the latest in a long line of attempts to ease movement through the notorious choke point.

Immigration officials will use 1,600 federal prison beds to hold immigration detainees

U.S. immigration officials will start using 1,600 federal prison beds to detain immigrants, the majority of them at a facility in Lancaster. The move, first reported by Reuters, marks the first wide-scale use of federal prisons to hold immigration detainees.