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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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Metro halted Crenshaw rail line construction after safety violations — All construction on the $2.1-billion Crenshaw Line was halted for four days recently after transportation officials witnessed a series of safety violations that escalated in severity, officials told The Times. The shutdown began Thursday and work resumed Monday.

Harassed on the bus or train? File a report, Metro says — Los Angeles County transportation officials Thursday introduced a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing sexual harassment on buses and trains, after a survey found more than 1 in 5 passengers has experienced unwanted sexual behavior riding Metro.

Metro to study converting busy Orange Line busway to a rail line — A generation ago, Los Angeles County officials envisioned a subway that would gather up commuters across the San Fernando Valley and whisk them to downtown Los Angeles, avoiding the infamous traffic of the 101 Freeway.

Report: Converting Metro's Orange Line to rail could cost $1.7 billion — Converting the San Fernando Valley's dedicated busway to light rail would cost well over $1 billion, but may become necessary if ridership along the route continues to grow, according to a new analysis.

Delays on several Metrolink lines after freight train derails in O.C. — A freight train derailment in Orange County late Tuesday forced delays and cancellations across the Metrolink commuter rail system Wednesday morning, with some residual delays expected during evening rush hour, officials said. BNSF is currently repairing damage caused by a mile-long freight train that slipped off the track near the Imperial Highway overpass in Anaheim.

Start-ups offer Bay Area travelers alternative to crowded bus system — A bright blue bus pulled to the curb in the busy Financial District, where two men in plaid shirts and backpacks were focused on their phones. Josh Pincus, 21, stepped aboard, greeted the driver and settled onto a padded bench at the rear, beneath a wall of distressed wood.

Confused about parking restrictions? Redesigned street signs may help — Squinting out a car window to decipher a stack of pole-bound parking signs is one of L.A.'s more annoying experiences. That could change starting this weekend, with the launch of a new sign aimed at making parking restrictions easier to understand.

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.
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