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

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.

LA County proposes $67M more from gas tax for road repairs

Los Angeles County unveiled a $31 billion budget plan, which includes a big boost for road repairs, among other spending. Review of the proposal will take months.

Figueroa, finally. Here's what 10 years and $20 million can do for 4 miles of street.

After a decade of planning and setbacks, the downtown L.A. thoroughfare will have its big reveal — with better access for walkers, bicyclists and transit riders.

California driver's licenses for unauthorized exceed 1 million mark

An estimated 2 million to 3 million unauthorized immigrants live in California. About a third of them have taken advantage of the state's 3-year-old license law.

How California car culture killed the 20-minute commute

California went big on freeways during the postwar years, but the days of easy driving and the lifestyle it enabled didn't last long.

1 year in, here's how LA Metro's homeless program is doing

Buses, trains and their platforms are often a shelter of last resort for the homeless. A Metro pilot aims to connect those people with services and housing.

Reports of sexual harassment on LA transit increase

A Metro customer survey shows slightly more people experiencing sexual harassment over last year, despite an increase in police presence.

Work on Wilshire subway continues amid funding doubts

Metro broke ground on the second section of the Purple Line to Beverly Hills, but federal funds for the final stretch to Westwood are up in the air.