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

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.

Small cities seek fair share of Measure M funding pie

The voter-approved Measure M transportation sales tax increase will fund large projects but cities with smaller populations want their share of the revenues, too.

Paralympian to highlight accessiblity issues at CicLAvia

Sunday's CivLAvia takes place between Culver City and Venice with a special focus on accessibility challenges for those with disabilities.

Garcetti joins other leaders in calling for road repairs

The state faces a $130 billion backlog for road repairs, but lawmakers have been unable to agree on how to pay for fixes. Are conditions finally right?

How Trump's new budget might affect California

Trump is proposing cuts to many areas of government, including environmental oversight, transportation and medical research, while boosting spending for the military and to build a border wall.

Wanted: Citizens to hold Metro accountable for spending

A citizens oversight committee drawn from Los Angeles County residents would hold the transit agency accountable for the spending of $120 billion over 40 years.

LA Metro officials still expect federal funding in Trump era

The transportation agency depends on federal money to build and run transit, but a delay of a federal grant for a Northern California rail project has rattled officials.

Brown sets April deadline to devise road-fix funding plan

The governor repeated his call for major spending to shore up a deteriorating infrastructure, which has taken on more urgency with the Oroville Dam crisis and recent rains.

A new multi-agency policing effort for Metro trains and buses

LAPD and Long Beach police will join county sheriffs in policing L.A. county buses and trains in an effort to add officers to the system and increase security.