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Transportation Reporter and Columnist — LA Times
As seen in:  LA Times, Hartford Courant
Covers:  trains, transit-oriented development, cars, congestion, light rail, pedestrians, bikes, southern california, parking, los angeles, highways, buses, traffic, streetcars, roads, commuting

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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Cheap gas may not lead to drop in transit ridership, experts say — Since the start of the summer, gasoline prices in Los Angeles County have tumbled 40%, from more than $4 to $2.52, sparking gleeful social media posts and long lines at the cheapest gas stations.

MTA chief Arthur T. Leahy to step down in April — The chief executive of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Tuesday night that he would step down in April after six years of overseeing both major milestones and high-profile embarrassmentsduring the most ambitious rail construction period in the agency's history. Arthur T.

Los Angeles County's top transit executive to step down in April — The chief executive of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Tuesday that he would step down in April after six years of overseeing both high-profile failures and major milestones during the most ambitious rail expansion agenda in the agency's history.

New traffic apps may be pushing cars into residential areas — Veteran Los Angeles drivers who know the shortcuts between the San Fernando Valley and the neighborhoods over the hills to the south still find the steep, zig-zagging side streets of Sherman Oaks daunting. Make one wrong turn, residents joke, and you will be lost in a canyon somewhere.

Police search for shooter who killed woman in Compton — Los Angeles County law enforcement authorities were searching Thursday night for the suspect who shot and killed a woman in Compton on Christmas night. At around 7:30 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department received a call that gunshots had been fired near the intersection of W. 154th Street and Central Avenue, Lt.

Man shot and killed by sheriff's deputy in Coachella Valley — A Riverside County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man Thursday morning in a residential area of Coachella after a struggle for her baton, officials said. At 11:30 a.m. on Christmas, a deputy responded to a call from a resident in the Bella Canto neighborhood who said a man had come into their home and attacked them, Sgt.

Five people injured in fire at Westlake motel — A fire at a three-story motel in Westlake on Christmas night left at least five people injured, officials said. Just after 6 p.m., more than 100 firefighters and 11 ambulances responded to a report of visible flames at JJ Park Motel Residence at 3rd and Bonnie Brae streets near MacArthur Park, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.

At least seven hospitalized after rollover crash on 101 Freeway — At least seven people were taken to local hospitals after a rollover crash on the eastbound 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Costa Mesa man, 30, killed in motorcycle crash — A 30-year-old Orange County man died early Thursday morning in Costa Mesa after he ran a red light on his motorcycle and struck a sport utility vehicle, officials said. The motorcyclist, Jonathan Vantrease of Costa Mesa, died at the scene, the Orange County coroner's office said.

Man who lived in storage unit full of child porn sentenced to prison — A 73-year-old man who was arrested while living in a Cathedral City storage unit full of child pornography was sentenced Monday to 2-1/2 years in federal prison. Richard L. Arlington pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.
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Jan 29, 2015

A poem written entirely from my own Tweets: "People fling tortillas at cars / At least, according to Uber."

Jan 29, 2015

"I'm not a monster, I have a big heart." "We also think that hatred only leads to more hatred and anger." Wow.…

Jan 29, 2015

Stunning, nuanced @nytimes story on an agender teen and the boy who lit a skirt on fire on a city bus.… #longreads

Jan 29, 2015

First time I've seen emoji on a billboard—and for a dentist? (

Jan 29, 2015

@thebenbergman Haha that's the case with literally anything involving reporters. Nothing like "nothing to see here" to pique interest.

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