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Transportation and Mobility Reporter — LA Times
Covers:  mobility, trains, cars, congestion, light rail, pedestrians, bikes, southern california, parking, los angeles, freeways, buses, traffic, streetcars, roads, commuting, transit-oriented development

Transportation reporter at the Los Angeles Times

Laura J. Nelson's Biography

I write about transportation issues, including light-rail, buses, parking, commuting and the bike/ped community, and cover LA's county and city transportation agencies.

I've previously covered national news, business-tech and local politics. I grew up in suburban Kansas City and studied French and journalism at USC.

If your pitch has a Los Angeles 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.

Tenants worry as Caltrans prepares to sell homes along 710 Freeway corridor

latimes.com — The modest cottages and majestic Craftsman homes that line a swath of quiet streets stretching though Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno are part of the long, tortured legacy of a freeway that was never built. In the 1950s and '60s, Caltrans began buying up houses and plots of land for what...
Aug 31, 2015

Decades coming...Tenants worry as Caltrans prepares to sell homes along 710 Freeway corridor @laura_nelson lat.ms/1hOmaD3

Aug 31, 2015

Tenants worry as Caltrans prepares to sell homes along 710 Freeway corridor latimes.com/local/californ…

Sep 01, 2015

Tenants worry as Caltrans prepares to sell homes along 710 Freeway corridor lat.ms/1hOmaD3

Sep 01, 2015

RT @LATimesCityGov: Tenants worry as Caltrans prepares to sell homes along 710 Freeway corridor lat.ms/1hOmaD3

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Is L.A.'s traffic the worst in the U.S.? Depends on how you measure it

latimes.com — For those who assume Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the United States: Not so fast. Drivers in Southern California spent a whopping 80 hours sitting in traffic in 2014, according to a new report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the traffic data company Inrix.
Aug 26, 2015

RT @LANow: Is L.A.'s traffic the worst in the U.S.? Depends on how you measure it lat.ms/1MVKYWc

Aug 27, 2015

RT @LANow: Is L.A.'s traffic the worst in the U.S.? Depends on how you measure it lat.ms/1MVKYWc

Aug 27, 2015

True. "If we have to suffer, we at least want to know that we suffer the most." lat.ms/1IkBWuc @laura_nelson's story on LA traffic.

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L.A. opens door for full Uber, Lyft service at LAX

latimes.com — The taxi industry spent heavily to defeat it. Critics called it an unregulated dark zone. Some even questioned whether its drivers were dangerous. But in the end, those misgivings about ride-hailing could not match the public appeal of a new and potentially easier way to get to and from Los Angeles International Airport, where traffic jams are legendary and rail service is still years away.

Los Angeles poised to approve policy that would allow Uber, Lyft at LAX

latimes.com — After weeks of debate over the potential risks and benefits of app-based ride services, Los Angeles is poised to allow companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate side-by-side with taxis, picking up and dropping off passengers at the West Coast's biggest airport.
Aug 25, 2015

RT @vpostrel: Los Angeles lawmakers approve plan that would allow Uber and Lyft pickups at LAX buff.ly/1NzWCGi

Aug 25, 2015

RT @laura_nelson: Breaking: Los Angeles City Council votes 9-6 to approve permit process for Uber and Lyft at LAX. Update soon. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Aug 25, 2015

Happening today: A final vote on whether companies like @Uber and @Lyft should be able to pick up passengers at LAX. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Aug 25, 2015

RT @laura_nelson: Happening today: A final vote on whether companies like @Uber and @Lyft should be able to pick up passengers at LAX. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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Reports of sexual harassment by Metro commuters could hinder efforts to boost ridership

latimes.com — As the Metro Red Line train whisked evening commuters toward Union Station, a repeated movement caught college student Amy Swart's eye. A scrawny, tattooed man in the opposite seat was staring at her, unblinking, his hand thrust into his unzipped fly.
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Uber's driver screening practices fuel political debate on rider safety

latimes.com — The ride-hailing revolution holds the potential to radically change the way people get around. But the political battle over Uber and Lyft in California has focused on something more obscure: fingerprints. Uber is facing some of the fiercest challenges to its business practices from an array of California officials who claim the Silicon Valley-based company does not adequately screen its rapidly expanding pool of tens of thousands of drivers.
Aug 21, 2015

Uber's driver screening practices fuel political debate on rider safety via @laura_nelson @LATimesemily lat.ms/1JlG3a6

Aug 21, 2015

Uber is battling with public officials in California over... fingerprints. latimes.com/local/cityhall…

Prosecutors: Uber background checks missed drivers' criminal records

latimes.com — The background-check service that ride-hailing company Uber uses to screen potential drivers did not flag the criminal records of 25 drivers who gave thousands of rides to customers in Los Angeles and San Francisco, prosecutors said Wednesday. The findings were made public in an amendment to a consumer protection lawsuit filed last year by the district attorneys for Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Aug 19, 2015

.@Uber allowed 25 people with criminal records to drive in California, SF and LA prosecutors say. My latest: latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Aug 19, 2015

RT @laura_nelson: .@Uber allowed 25 people with criminal records to drive in California, SF and LA prosecutors say. My latest: latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Aug 19, 2015

RT @laura_nelson: .@Uber allowed 25 people with criminal records to drive in California, SF and LA prosecutors say. My latest: latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Aug 20, 2015

Uber's background checks missed 25 drivers with convictions for manslaughter, assault, DUI and more, prosecutors say: latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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Plan for Uber, Lyft service at LAX clears key City Hall hurdle

latimes.com — A plan that would allow Uber and Lyft to operate at Los Angeles International Airport was narrowly approved by a City Council panel Tuesday, increasing the odds that the ride-hailing companies will soon extend full service to one of Southern California's busiest transportation hubs.
Aug 19, 2015

RT @latimes: A plan that would allow Uber, Lyft service at LAX clears key City Hall hurdle lat.ms/1JgEOsQ

Aug 19, 2015

City Hall spent the day wrangling over background checks, and now Uber + Lyft are one step closer to operating at LAX—latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Impound firm accused of predatory towing in Northridge

latimes.com — Los Angeles city prosecutors have filed criminal charges against four people tied to a towing operation that allegedly engaged in "predatory practices" targeting drivers who left cars at a Northridge parking lot.

Julian Bond, former NAACP chairman, dies at 75

latimes.com — In the late 1960s, civil rights leader Julian Bond was such a compelling figure that he was talked about as one day becoming the first black president of the United States. Charismatic and eloquent, he had numerous key accomplishments, including co-founding the landmark Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and leading numerous protests.
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Sep 02, 2015

... and, unlike the previous TAP website, it actually recognizes my TAP card! This is a great start.

Sep 01, 2015

RT @latimes: Uber drivers can move forward with class-action lawsuit over contractor status, judge rules lat.ms/1JLpchd pic.twitter.com/0mgg8s5D6A


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