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Laura J. Nelson

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Laura J. Nelson writes about transportation and mobility at the Los Angeles Times. Since joining The Times in 2012, she has also covered Los Angeles City Hall, national news and the business of Hollywood. Laura grew up in suburban Kansas City in a family of journalists and graduated from the University of Southern California. She’s still looking for good barbecue on the West Coast.

Recent Articles

  • UberX begins pickup service at LAX

    UberX begins pickup service at LAX

    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...

  • UberX can pick you up at LAX starting Thursday

    UberX can pick you up at LAX starting Thursday

    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...

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

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

    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...

  • Bridge demolition will close 101 Freeway for 40 hours in February

    Bridge demolition will close 101 Freeway for 40 hours in February

    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 chemical reaction inside the iconic 84-year-old bridge is causing it to slowly crumble, and crews have...

  • Metro Gold Line station in Little Tokyo to close for three months

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

    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. Friday, crews will begin preparations to relocate the Gold Line tracks...

  • Big change starts small as Lyft arrives at LAX

    Big change starts small as Lyft arrives at LAX

    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...

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