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Transportation Reporter — LA Times
Covers:  Trains, Transit-Oriented Development, Cars, Congestion, Light Rail, Pedestrians, Bikes, Southern California, Bicycle Culture, Parking, Los Angeles, Multi-Modal Transportation, Highways, Buses, Traffic, Streetcars, Roads, Transportation, Commuting
Doesn't Cover: Business, Movies, Entertainment, Port Of Los Angeles, Airports, Metrolink, Technology

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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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.

With reports of multicultural tensions and discrimination on the rise, three Gold Coast religious leaders are calling for unity and holding out the hands of friendship | Gold Coast Bulletin

goldcoastbulletin.com.au — GOLD Coast leaders of the three great faiths - Christianity, Islam and Judaism - have joined hands and called on residents to also take part in a National Day of Unity on October 25.

Napa Earthquake Showcases Limits of Lower-Cost Retrofitting

governing.com — City officials in Napa had long worried that the grand building on the corner of Second and Brown streets -- with its brick walls and giant red-tiled cupolas -- could be devastated by a major earthquake.

How to recognize suicide signs, get help

chicagotribune.com — Friends of comedian Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63 in an apparent suicide, urged the public Monday to seek help if they have suicidal thoughts and encouraged friends to stay alert to any warning signs of depression. "Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny," comedian Jimmy Kimmel said on Twitter.

How to recognize suicide signs, get help

chicagotribune.com — Friends of comedian Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63 in an apparent suicide, urged the public Monday to seek help if they have suicidal thoughts and encouraged friends to stay alert to any warning signs of depression. "Robin was as sweet a man as he was funny," comedian Jimmy Kimmel said on Twitter.

Train Station to Connect Metro Rail Lines With LAX Approved

futurestructure.com — June 27--Los Angeles County transportation officials on Thursday approved a new train station designed to allow a rail connection with Los Angeles International Airport, capping decades of discussion and complaints over one of Southern California's most infamous planning problems. In a unanimous vote, the county's Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors agreed to proceed with planning a $200-million light-rail station a mile and a half east of LAX's central terminal area.

Gloomy weather giving way to sunshine, higher temps

dailynews.com — The light at the end of the June Gloom tunnel is tentatively shining for Californians craving some sunshine. Following 10 consecutive days of foggy skies and below-average temperatures, the National Weather Service has predicted patchy sunshine and highs stretching into the 90s over the next seven days.

Luggage cart that killed LAX worker had no seat belt, officials say

latimes.com — The Los Angeles International Airport worker who was killed by a luggage cart in February was not wearing his seat belt at the time, and investigators who later inspected the cart found the lap belts had been removed, officials told the Times. Menzies Aviation worker Cesar Valenzuela, 51, died in the early hours of Feb.

Metro adds monthly fee for toll road drivers

latimes.com — In a push to make toll lanes permanent fixtures on two of Los Angeles County's most congested freeways, local transportation officials approved a $1 monthly fee Thursday that will apply to all drivers with electronic tolling accounts, even carpoolers and infrequent users.

Man fatally hit by Metro Red Line train; service delayed

latimes.com — A man appeared to have jumped in front of a Metro Red Line train bound for North Hollywood on Thursday afternoon, causing service delays, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The incident was reported around 1:41 p.m.

Freeway toll lanes seem to speed things along, somewhat

latimes.com — The first comprehensive analysis of Los Angeles County's experimental toll lanes indicates the pay-to-drive routes made some rush-hour commutes faster and less painful, both in the toll lanes and in the free lanes, but made little to no difference for many drivers battling morning traffic.
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Oct 24, 2014

.@metrolosangeles bus plaza has reopened. Seven patients have been taken to area hospitals "out of an abundance of caution," @lafd says.

Oct 24, 2014

Direct quote from @lapublichealth spokeswoman: "It's not Ebola. It's not suspected Ebola. It's not Ebola."

Oct 24, 2014

There you go. RT @lapublichealth There is no #Ebola at #LACounty Union Station. We checked. This is not a suspected or possible #Ebola case.

Oct 24, 2014

The four people on the bus who were exposed to the passenger are being kept at the plaza and have been met by LA Fire crews in hazmat suits.

Oct 24, 2014

The man has been in the U.S. for 3 weeks. @metrolosangeles says the plaza is closed "out of an abundance of caution," and Ebola risk is low.

Oct 24, 2014

.@metrolosangeles has shut down Patsaouras Buz Plaza at Union Station after a Nigerian man with flu symptoms arrived on an LAX FlyAway bus.

Oct 24, 2014

This is heartbreaking: A woman was stabbed to death in front of her children in a confrontation over a parking spot. lat.ms/1zpBTyX



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