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

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.

Metro calls on businesses to help speed along Measure M projects

The L.A. County transit agency will be taking proposals under private partnerships to accelerate major projects, including a possible Sepulveda Pass subway.

Gold Line extension could lead to closing Metrolink station

The Gold Line extension and Metrolink will overlap to such an extent officials are looking for ways to make the service less duplicative and more complementary.

How many people cross the road in LA County? We’ll know soon

The count comes after biking recorded the first drop in L.A. after eight years of increases. Nationally, there's been a leveling off in biking to work.

Metro puts up $9M in loan funds to spur affordable housing

The Los Angeles County transit agency is joining with several foundations to provide loans to developers who would build affordable housing near bus and rail lines.

LA Metro wants to launch its own Lyft-like service to solve the first mile/last mile problem

Los Angeles' transit agency already runs buses and trains throughout the county, but now it's looking into a brand new option for transportation — on-demand van pools.

LA Metro looking to van pools to fill transit network gaps

The agency plans to partner with a private company to help run the service, which could take riders to transportation hubs or service areas without buses and trains.

LA Metro diverges from feds on hires for transit projects

The Trump administration is rolling back a requirement encouraging local hires for federally funded transportation projects, but Metro is diverging where it can.

Something you didn't know is illegal may soon be made legal

The California Legislature this week passed a measure that would make it legal for pedestrians to enter the crosswalk during the flashing countdown. Many didn't know it was illegal.

Could London-style toll zones reduce LA traffic?

Congestion pricing involves charging a toll to drive on certain roads during rush hour. Experts say it can work, but it's not a politically popular idea.

Angels Flight prepares to re-reopen after mechanical fix

The operator of Angels Flight, the railway billed as the shortest in the world, says the train won't run unless it is 100 percent sure it is safe.

A rapid bus, tram or light rail in the San Fernando Valley?

The public can weigh in on a transit line to run down Van Nuys Boulevard creating a north-south connection between Metrolink and the Orange Line rapid bus.

AirTalk asks: What is your favorite Angels Flight experience?

Angels Flight reopened Thursday morning following a four-year closure and a $5 million renovation.