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

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.

If California's gas tax is repealed, what would happen?

Those who want to roll back a new state gas tax and vehicle fees can start collecting signatures to get their measure on the ballot.

Metro to offer ride-hailing service to transit stops

Los Angeles County is in the midst of a transit-building boom, but still less than a quarter of the population lives within walking distance of a train or rapid bus stop.

Big rig driver's extradition planned in casino bus crash case

A truck driver who stopped for road construction on the 10 Freeway before a casino bus crashed into his rig last year will face 40 counts, including vehicular manslaughter.

LA Metro to offer Union Station bike storage, services

On Wednesday, L.A. Metro plans to open a Union Station bike hub that includes bicycle racks and lockers, mechanics to help with repairs and a store for accessories.

One buck will get you a rental bike in Griffith Park

A Chinese firm is operating a dockless bike-share system in Griffith Park, offering hourly rentals for $1, far below the $3.50 charged by L.A. Metro for 30 minutes.

State gas tax hike might not be felt right away

The California gas tax increases by 12 cents starting on Wednesday, but the hike will be offset by lower prices for cheaper winter blend gasoline.

Tips to stay safe on scary Halloween streets

Halloween night is consistently one of the worst nights of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, according to federal statistics.

Carpool cheaters on toll roads may face a crackdown

About a quarter of drivers using the toll lanes aren’t paying their fair share, with many lying about carpooling.

To crack down on speeding, LA might have to raise speed limits

How do you get people to obey speed limits? Give out tickets. But in order to do that, a state law says the city must raise some speed limits.

Crowded LA carpool lanes could trigger 3-person minimum

Los Angeles County high-occupancy vehicle lanes have become so popular that the Metro board could consider upping the minimum number in a car from two to three.