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 does recall of Democrat over gas tax bode for repeal?

Republican-backers of the recall of an OC state senator counted on anger over the gas tax to drive votes, but will the same strategy work statewide?

Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman recalled by voters

A recall of state Sen. Josh Newman appears possible after preliminary results in Tuesday's primary election signal strong support for his ouster.

New report breaks down poverty in California by neighborhood

A new report from charitable organization United Ways of California shows poverty in the state is more widespread than federal estimates.

Dog eat your ballot? Share your #VotingConfession

Even Al Gordon, the intrepid first-time voter from our "Make Al Care" series, admits his commitment is waning. Why is voting hard for you?

In the face of efforts to repeal California's gas tax, Gov. Brown leads the pushback

As a GOP-based effort to repeal hikes in gas and diesel taxes and vehicle fees gains ground, Gov. Jerry Brown and other officials launch a defense of the increases.

One of 3 planned bridges over LA River breaks ground

The multimodal bridge connecting Atwater Village with Griffith Park will take until late 2019 to construct at a cost of $16 million.

New Metrolink station opening near Burbank airport

A stop on the Antelope Valley Line eases the way for travelers, although the train runs infrequently and costs more than Metro rail or bus.

Why is busy Vermont Avenue getting a busway instead of rail?

Building a rail line down Vermont would serve more riders than any of L.A. Metro's light rails, but rail isn't planned for another 50 years.

How should the new Artesia rail go through DTLA?

L.A. Metro is seeking public comment on eight route options that would take the Artesia light rail line through crowded downtown.

Electric vehicle drivers' free rides in LA toll lanes are ending. Here's why

Trying to reduce congestion with tolls and encouraging electric vehicles in the same lanes has slowed down traffic. The issue highlights a policy clash.

LA Metro to weigh expansion of homeless efforts

The county transit agency is considering further steps to address the growing presence of the homeless on its trains and at its stations.

LA Metro wants to hear about your 405 commute

The $10 billion Sepulveda rail project will be one of the biggest projects funded by the Measure M sales tax hike. But first, Metro wants help from commuters.

Could some sweet Steyer cash give Kevin de León a much-needed boost?

Steyer will have to break off a fat stack if de Leon hopes to compete with Sen. Dianne Feinstein's $10 million war chest.

FAQ: What is Vision Zero?

Vision Zero aims to eliminate traffic deaths in Los Angeles by 2025. So far, the program has not delivered on ambitious promises.

Will Angelenos actually take the train to LAX?

An elevated rail between LAX terminals and the Crenshaw Line will make the airport more accessible, but only 1 percent of travelers are expected to use rail.