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Transportation and Mobility Reporter — Los Angeles Times
Covers:  mobility, commuting, infrastructure, trains, cars, light rail, pedestrians, bikes, southern california, parking, los angeles, freeways, buses, traffic, streets, transit-oriented development

Transportation and mobility writer at the Los Angeles Times. Proud Kansan and @USC alum. Tips welcome: laura.nelson@latimes.com

Laura J. Nelson's Biography

I write about how people get from Point A to Point B in Los Angeles, and co-write our weekly transportation feature, California Commute.

If your pitch has a L.A. angle, I want to hear it: laura.nelson@latimes.com.

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Start-ups offer Bay Area travelers alternative to crowded bus system

Start-ups offer Bay Area travelers alternative to crowded bus system

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

By email (laura.nelson@latimes.com), tailored to my beat, and nothing canned. Tell me in three or four sentences why the story matters.

Southland transit agencies report shrinking ridership as investments continue to grow

latimes.com — For almost a decade, transit ridership has declined across Southern California despite enormous and costly efforts by top transportation officials to entice people out of their cars and onto buses and trains. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the region's largest carrier, lost more than 10% of its boardings from 2006 to 2015, a decline that appears to be accelerating.
Jan 27, 2016

RT @latimes: SoCal public transit use shrinks despite huge and costly investments by officials lat.ms/1Sj6up8 pic.twitter.com/EVs2UQScbi

Jan 27, 2016

Southland transit agencies report shrinking ridership as investments continue to grow - LA Times latimes.com/local/californ…

Jan 27, 2016

RT @laura_nelson: Southern California transit ridership has hit the skids. Why? Our story in today's @latimes: latimes.com/local/californ… pic.twitter.com/TP8WxMbhu4

Jan 27, 2016

Maybe it's uber/lyft, but still kinda disheartening LA public transit ridership is falling latimes.com/local/californ…

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Extradition of suspect in killing of 2 Arcadia teens could become an issue

latimes.com — Deyun Shi, the man suspected of killing his two teenage nephews in Arcadia last week, will appear in a Hong Kong court on Monday, authorities said. Shi, 44, is expected to "not consent" to extradition, his L.A.-based attorney said. Shi, 44, was removed from a Cathay Pacific flight from Los Angeles...
Jan 24, 2016

Extradition of suspect in killing of 2 Arcadia teens could become an issue ow.ly/Xt48y

Jan 24, 2016

Extradition from Hong Kong of suspect in killing of 2 Arcadia teens could be complicated latimes.com/local/lanow/la… via @LANow @JulieMakLAT

Jan 24, 2016

Extradition of suspect in killing of 2 Arcadia teens could be complicated. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Jan 24, 2016

RT @JulieMakLAT: Extradition of suspect in killing of 2 Arcadia teens could be complicated. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

UberX begins pickup service at LAX

latimes.com — Ragat Chopra bypassed the line of yellow cabs that promised to whisk him away from the bustle of LAX on Thursday, and chose instead to order up a black sedan with an Uber sticker. Fortunately for the San Jose engineer, Thursday was the first day Uber began offering its lowest-cost ride service to travelers at Los Angeles International Airport.

UberX can pick you up at LAX starting Thursday

latimes.com — After months of negotiations and political infighting, the wait is over: Drivers for Uber's lowest-cost ride service will be allowed to pick up travelers at Los Angeles International Airport starting at 8 a.m. Thursday. Uber is the second ride-hailing company to be granted full access to one...
Jan 20, 2016

Just in: You can take an @uber home from @flyLAXairport starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow. My story: latimes.com/local/californ…

Jan 20, 2016

RT @laura_nelson: Just in: You can take an @uber home from @flyLAXairport starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow. My story: latimes.com/local/californ…

Jan 20, 2016

RT @laura_nelson: Just in: You can take an @uber home from @flyLAXairport starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow. My story: latimes.com/local/californ…

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Undercover sting by black police officers prompts crackdown on racial bias by LAX cab drivers

latimes.com — A City Council committee moved Tuesday to tighten penalties for taxi drivers who face complaints of discrimination for refusing to pick up an airport passenger on the basis of race. The action was spurred by a recent undercover operation by two black police officers, who found that taxi drivers...
Jan 20, 2016

L.A. council may tighten penalties for LAX taxi drivers who show racial bias lat.ms/1ZATxHQ

Jan 20, 2016

Undercover black police officers at LAX found that taxi drivers rejected 20% of their requests for rides. My latest: latimes.com/local/californ…

Jan 20, 2016

RT @laura_nelson: Undercover black police officers at LAX found that taxi drivers rejected 20% of their requests for rides. My latest: latimes.com/local/californ…

Jan 20, 2016

RT @laura_nelson: Undercover black police officers at LAX found that taxi drivers rejected 20% of their requests for rides. My latest: latimes.com/local/californ…

Jan 20, 2016

The sting was prompted by @espn's @dougglanville, who said he was refused a taxi ride at LAX because he's black. latimes.com/local/californ…

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Bridge demolition will close 101 Freeway for 40 hours in February

latimes.com — The 101 Freeway through downtown Los Angeles will be closed for two days at the beginning of February as construction crews demolish a portion of the 6th Street Viaduct, officials said Friday. A rare chemical reaction inside the iconic 84-year-old bridge is causing it to slowly crumble, and crews...
Jan 16, 2016

Bridge demolition will close 101 Freeway for 40 hours in February @laura_nelson ow.ly/X8LBN

Metrol Gold Line station in Little Tokyo to close for three months

latimes.com — The Metro Gold Line station in Little Tokyo will close for three months starting Friday night so construction crews can move a section of the light-rail line's tracks to make room for a new subway connection. Starting at 9 p.m.
Jan 08, 2016

RT @LANow: Metro Gold Line station in Little Tokyo to close for three months lat.ms/1PTSJNi pic.twitter.com/7lggmL85f1

Jan 08, 2016

RT @latimes: Metrol Gold Line station in Little Tokyo to close for three months lat.ms/1VRptHx pic.twitter.com/kZZFMv7mKq

Big change starts small as Lyft arrives at LAX

latimes.com — With dozens of cars nosing toward curbs and long lines of passengers toting bags, Los Angeles International Airport didn't feel much different Wednesday even though Lyft became the first app-based ride service to legally pick up passengers there. Business appeared relatively slow for the new Lyft service as passengers and drivers showed some confusion about how it all works.

Lyft can pick you up at LAX starting Wednesday

latimes.com — In what officials hope will be an early Christmas present to harried holiday travelers, Lyft on Wednesday will become the first ride-hailing service to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport.Earlier this year, Los Angeles officials agreed to allow Lyft and its larger rival, Uber,...
Dec 22, 2015

RT @laura_nelson: My full @latimes story—you can hail a @lyft to pick you up at LAX starting at 8 AM tomorrow. latimes.com/local/californ… pic.twitter.com/BZ2ORPdVmW

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Metro commuters evacuated after smoke fills tunnels in downtown L.A. station

latimes.com — Commuters were evacuated from a major Metro rail hub in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday morning and trains turned back from the station after smoke from an unknown source began to fill the subway tunnels, officials said.
Dec 15, 2015

RT @LANow: Metro commuters evacuated after smoke fills tunnels in downtown L.A. station lat.ms/225fyT6

Dec 15, 2015

RT @LANow: Metro commuters evacuated after smoke fills tunnels in downtown L.A. station lat.ms/225fyT6

Dec 15, 2015

RT @LANow: Metro commuters evacuated after smoke fills tunnels in downtown L.A. station lat.ms/225fyT6

Dec 15, 2015

Retweeted L.A. Times: L.A. Now (@LANow): Metro commuters evacuated after smoke fills tunnels in downtown L.A.... fb.me/3C0ciFrWl

Dec 15, 2015

"It looked like a fog." Some details on the tunnel smoke that shut down a major @metrolosangeles station today: latimes.com/local/californ…

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Feb 13, 2016

RT @DavidLat: I had the privilege of interviewing for a #Scalia clerkship; here's the nice rejection letter he sent me. #SCOTUS pic.twitter.com/Im73q1Bwr4

Feb 13, 2016

RT @MarcDuvoisin: Scalia's death spikes the stakes in campaign '16. Dems haven't had court majority since Nixon era. lat.ms/1KNXjMp @DavidGSavage

Feb 13, 2016

Dept. of Peak Los Angeles: Taking a pedal boat to a library floating in the middle of Echo Park Lake. pic.twitter.com/CgT3n6t2I5

Feb 13, 2016

Wow: Justice Antonin Scalia, who led a conservative renaissance on the Supreme Court, has died nyti.ms/20vxbrH

Feb 13, 2016

.@erik_griswold Rude. We also have the best team in baseball, among other things.

Feb 13, 2016

@hbecerraLATimes true, and there are some really good places here, but I would be surprised if LA ever became the BEST place for bbq


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