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Transportation and Mobility Reporter — LA Times
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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.

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Hikers, bikers angered after Griffith Park-area road opens to cars — A city of Los Angeles decision to allow motorists to use a popular hiking and cycling route in Griffith Park to alleviate congestion on other hillside roads has pitted park lovers against area residents, mirroring a similar dispute in neighboring Beachwood Canyon. In mid-March, the Recreation and Parks Department opened a 1.1-mile stretch of Mt.

Metro light rail crash near USC renews debate on rail safety — On a Saturday morning trip to downtown Los Angeles, a Metro Expo Line train pulled out of a station in Exposition Park, its three cars filled with passengers. Traffic signals along Exposition Boulevard turned red, and lights flashed to signal the approach of the train, which had "watch for trains" printed in yard-high letters on the front car.

MTA's toll-lane project may be a victim of its own success — The conversion of the 110 Freeway's carpool lanes into toll lanes was not without bumps: Some Angelenos feared that adding tolls to the Los Angeles County freeway network would further divide rich and poor commuters. Others groused that freeways should be free.

CicLAvia map: Bicyclists take over streets in Studio City, NoHo — Bicyclists, skaters and walkers were set to take over streets in North Hollywood and Studio City Sunday in the first CicLAvia car-free event in the San Fernando Valley. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., all Angelenos using nonmotorized forms of transportation can travel along a 5.5-mile stretch of Lankershim Boulevard and Ventura Boulevard without battling traffic.

Car-free CicLAvia festival will debut in the Valley on Sunday — CicLAvia, the car-free festival that has become a popular fixture in Los Angeles, arrives in the San Fernando Valley for the first time Sunday. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., all Angelenos using a nonmotorized form of transportation - including walking, biking and skating - can travel along stretches of Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood and Ventura Boulevard in Studio City without battling traffic.

Metro could expand subway service to the downtown L.A. Arts District — Los Angeles County's growing rail network stops just short of the downtown Arts District, a frustration for the often driving-averse residents of one of Southern California's newly popular areas. But that could change within a decade.

Lawsuit: Slow background checks cheated Lyft drivers out of bonuses — Lyft drivers who say they were cheated out of thousands of dollars in sign-up bonuses have filed a federal class-action lawsuit that accuses the ride-hailing company of breach of contract and fraud. In a 22-page complaint filed this week in the U.S.

Top Denver transit official will lead MTA in next phase of rail-building — Los Angeles County transportation officials on Thursday chose the leader of Denver's transit agency to guide the Metropolitan Transportation Authority through the next phase of a multi-billion-dollar expansion of its rail system and efforts to eliminate projected budget shortfalls in coming years.

L.A. Mayor Garcetti hopes to tap Denver transit chief as Metro CEO — Los Angeles Mayor and Metro board chairman Eric Garcetti hopes to hire Denver's transportation chief as the next head of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, according to sources familiar with the process.

Legislator sees safety in adult helmet law; cyclists see mostly harm — A proposed law that would make California the first state in the country to require that adult bike riders wear helmets has reignited a decades-long debate between regulators and the bicycling community over safety. Senate Bill 192, introduced by state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), would impose a $25 base fine on adults who bike without headgear.
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Mar 30, 2015

LAX Monday morning report: The line at @Starbucks is longer than the line for security.

Mar 30, 2015

RT @JRKaiman: Excited to announce that I'll soon start as Asia correspondent for the @latimes, covering the region from Beijing. Many adventures to come.

Mar 29, 2015

@gabekahn That would be awesome. I would buy that old-bodied person a beer.

Mar 29, 2015

Yo, #bikeLA: Want to weigh in on the Griffith Park/Mt. Hollywood Drive issue for @latimes story? Get at me by 3 PM:

Mar 29, 2015

Ah, Los Angeles, where people you interview feel the need to defend their age: "I may be 60, but I have the body of a 30-year-old."

Mar 29, 2015

RT @ladyfleur: Letter to Editor in today's @sfchronicle nails it on driverless cars. Funny if it weren't so true.

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