The Los Angeles Times has an opening for a reporter to cover transportation, mobility and commuting in California. This position comes open at a vital time. The pandemic has upended certain bedrock assumptions – that the commute will always be long and bad, that the 405 will always be a parking lot, that Californians will never get out of their cars. A huge focus of this beat is charting the long-term changes of COVID-19 on how we move around and whether commuting patterns will ever be the same again. This is also a critical moment in the history of transportation in California, with the fate of high-speed rail, L.A. County’s massive rail expansion and a variety of other projects on the line. It has also become clear that the only way California can meet its clean-air targets is to get people to drive a lot less.