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

FAQ: Everything you need to know about Measure M

The Los Angeles County sales tax increase would fund billions of dollars in transportation projects, but it faces a high hurdle at the polls.

Pasadena prepares for bike sharing. Is it ready?

The city known for its thriving Old Town seems like a good fit for short-term bike rentals but advocates say it's lacking more bike lanes and crucial infrastructure.

Safety upgrades underway for Metro's Blue Line

The Blue Line, the oldest and deadliest of Metro's lines, is undergoing upgrades aimed at improving its safety.

LA's rough roads could find a fix in Measure M

The Los Angeles County transportation funding proposal, Measure M, would provide highway improvements and local revenue for projects like road repairs.

Measure M claim to reduce traffic doesn't tell whole story

TV ads tout the transportation spending measure will reduce the time you spend in traffic by 15 percent...but that estimate is for 40 years from now.

Measure M opponents organize to urge 'no' on new sales tax

A new group, "No on M," wants Los Angeles County voters to reject Measure M, which would add a new half-cent sales tax to pay for transportation projects.

Tunneling to begin on downtown Regional Connector rail line

The connector, set to open in 2021, will eliminate the need for many rail transfers, shortening travel time by about 20 minutes through downtown.

How will Measure M impact low-income communities?

A panel of experts discussed the Los Angeles County measure to fund transportation projects. One issue: will the poor be impacted disproportionately?

Coachella Valley to LA train up for discussion again

Riverside County officials are seeking the public's comments on a revived proposal to develop train service between Indio and Union Station.

Metro receives private proposals to speed big projects

Several proposals from private companies would set up partnerships with the Los Angeles transit agency to move major transportation projects ahead.

#VoterGamePlan: Does Measure M stand for KPCC's Meghan McCarty?

... because she's been working hard for months to make sure you know all you need to know about the proposed transit funding measure. Meghan talks with Off-Ramp's John Rabe about how she keeps the listener in mind as she reports the story.

Measure M tax increase could cost each resident $25-$65 a year

The proposed sales tax bump would pay for a massive build-out of new train and highway systems, But will a higher tax affect where you buy your next big screen TV?

Griffith Park parking to cost $4 an hour

In a bid to restore more quiet to the municipal park, cars will be charged by the hour by year's end at the observatory lot and along main roads.

Santa Monica's Car Free Fridays encourages new mobility options

The beach city is throwing out a challenge starting this week: give up your car every Friday and take advantage of the new Expo Line, bike sharing or Big Blue Bus.

Metro invites older adults to jump aboard public transit

The number of Los Angeles County seniors will sharply increase over 15 years, so Metro is working to ease their transit travel while seeking their support for Measure M.