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

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.

Should pedestrians be allowed to cross during countdown?

Police targeted thousands in downtown L.A. for beginning to cross after the signal began flashing. Now lawmakers are considering a change. Do you agree?

Vision Zero safety campaign ramps up as traffic deaths rise

The Los Angeles program to end traffic fatalities will hold a series of community events as city leaders debate funding for it in the coming year.

KPCC investigation: Big rigs and road danger

In Southern California, tens of thousands of big commercial trucks — whether called tractor-trailers, tankers, semis or 18-wheelers — crawl and barrel along congested freeways every day.

Big rigs, big risks: Truck traffic rising — along with crashes

Last week's crash on the I-5 freeway brought home the high toll of big rig collisions in road damage, traffic delays and human life on Southern California's roadways.

Quiz: Do you know how to drive safely around large trucks?

It’s frequently the actions of the car driver, not the truck, that cause the most serious collisions. Test your knowledge about driving around big trucks.

Paid parking opens up spaces at Valley Red Line lots

Metro has begun charging $3 to park at the North Hollywood and Universal City stations. The lots, which used to fill up by 7 a.m., haven't been as crowded.

Metro narrowing Union Station-to-Artesia rail route options

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is moving ahead with two major rail projects in the wake of voter approval of the L.A. County Measure M sales tax increase.

New Metro employer bike-share discount could boost ridership

The program offers discounted monthly memberships for companies that buy passes for their employees, which could boost Metro's lagging bike-share numbers.

A 12 cent increase in CA gas tax won't cut driving much

Low gas prices have led to more driving and traffic fatalities. But the proposed price increase might not be big enough to have the opposite effect.

Why are LA traffic fatalities way up after plan to reduce them by 20 percent?

Despite seeking to reduce traffic fatalities by 20% this year with an ambitious plan for road safety, the latest data from LA’s Transportation Department shows that traffic related deaths spiked sharply in the first full year Vision Zero.

California asks: Fix roads by taxing miles instead of gas?

A pilot program is testing the concept of raising funds for road repairs by taxing people on how far they drive, rather than on how much gas they buy.

Metro trying vendor marketplace at Westlake/MacArthur Park station

A new Metro pilot program will allow 68 street vendors to occupy space on the Westlake/MacArthur Park station plaza, where many ply their trade without permits.