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

In some LA communities, bike lanes are seen as symbols of gentrification

The city of Los Angeles' ambitious program to reverse a rising trend of traffic deaths and eliminate road fatalities by 2025 is having unintended consequences in communities sensitive to increased traffic enforcement and mistrustful of street improvements seen as signs of gentrification.

Shop quickly: Measure M sales tax increase starts July 1

By October, several cities in L.A. County will levy a 10.5 percent sales tax, tying parts of Chicago for the most expensive sales tax in the country.

DTLA streetcar could open in 2021 — if it finds the funds

Good news: officials have completed environmental reviews and early designs for the project. Bad news: there's not funding to cover the $290 million price tag.

Policing, gentrification concerns raised by LA traffic program

Vision Zero, the city initiative to cut traffic deaths, calls for steps like increased traffic enforcement, raising red flags in low-income neighborhoods of color.

Gold Line extension to Claremont to break ground in October

The light rail extension will add 11.5 miles and five new stations further east in the San Gabriel Valley. It is set to open to the public in 2027.

CO2 and you: How transportation choices produce greenhouse gases

Transportation is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in California. So how much better is taking transit for the environment than driving?

South LA residents weigh in on effort to cut traffic deaths

Forty percent of streets in the city deemed most dangerous for traffic crashes are located in South Los Angeles. Now city officials want feedback on safety fixes.

Metro expands paid parking to Gold Line SGV stations

A $3 daily fee is helping to deter some from parking in lots at Metro's most popular stations, but is it discouraging people from riding the train?

With 710 tunnel killed, millions of dollars up for grabs

LA Metro officials said they'd never have the billions of dollars needed for a tunnel. But they do have millions set aside that are now available for other projects.

710 Freeway tunnel option killed by Metro board

In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles County Metro board deleted the 710 tunnel project, a move that could bring an end to decades of debate over building a north-south connection between the 10 and 210 freeways.

Another turn for the 710 tunnel proposal

The L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is set to wade into the decades-long debate over a proposed tunnel linking the 10 and 210 freeways.

LA City Council approves $9.2 billion budget

The council voted Thursday to approve a $9.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. It calls for millions to cover services such as street and sidewalk repair, homelessness aid and police and fire protection.

City Council to take up program that aims for zero traffic deaths

Council members will debate how two new sources of funding for transportation projects will be spent in the coming fiscal year, including on Vision Zero.

Trump, transit and the Purple Line limbo

While President Trump has pushed for massive infrastructure spending, his budget cuts funding for transit projects, including L.A. Metro's Purple Line.

Ask a Trucker: Pro drivers tell you how to motor safely

Learn what big rig drivers' biggest pet peeves are about "four-wheelers" and how you can drive more safely around these massive vehicles.