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

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.

Metro wants your opinion on TAP card proposals

The cost of the actual TAP card could go up for some users, but other riders could have the option to add cash value to the cards on the bus.

Stoned driving is illegal but enforcement still fuzzy

There's still no great way to test for levels of THC in drivers and even if it's there, that doesn't necessarily mean the person is impaired.

Bikes in trees? LA seeks to regulate dockless bicycles

City transportation officials say private companies renting dockless bike rentals could benefit some neighborhoods but they have created problems elsewhere.

LAPD warns traffic apps could send drivers into fire areas

Some commuters avoiding the closed 405 freeway in the Sepulveda Pass drove into areas burning from the Skirball Fire or under evacuation orders, police said.

Can traffic keep flowing during emergencies?

Hundreds of thousands of cars traverse the Sepulveda Pass every day, so the 405 freeway closure due to the Skirball Fire caused massive backups.

Metro picks transit projects to finish for 2028 Olympics

The Olympics aren't coming for another 11 years, but L.A. Metro is planning ahead for 28 important transportation projects it hopes to finish before the games.

Why your online shopping clogs roads and what to do about it

Growing e-commerce is adding more delivery trucks to the roads and more cardboard boxes in the trash. We've got tips on how to minimize the impact.

Effort to recall Bonin must start again after missed deadline

After a filing mistake, the campaign to recall L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin will need to restart before it can collect signatures to get the proposal on the ballot.