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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 to pay $4.25 million to man struck by Gold Line train — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has agreed to pay more than $4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a man whose foot was amputated after he was hit by a Gold Line train, officials said Monday. Gilberto Rebollar was hit by a train in 2009 in a pedestrian crosswalk near the Southwest Museum Station in Mount Washington.

Q&A with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on L.A., Amtrak — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx came to Los Angeles on Thursday to urge Congress to keep money flowing for state highway, bridge and transit projects. In two weeks, unless Congress acts, federal officials' ability to give money to state and local governments will expire, which could leave road and highway projects across the country in the lurch.

Long Beach allows taxis to lower fares as they compete with Uber, Lyft — Long Beach officials are pursuing a new strategy to resolve the growing rift between taxi drivers and ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, becoming the nation's first large city to relax restrictions on cabs, rather than increase regulation of their new competitors.

Long Beach's answer to Uber and Lyft: Cheaper taxi fares — Long Beach officials loosened restrictions on local taxi fares Tuesday, a move aimed at keeping cabs competitive with the flexible pricing models of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. At its meeting in downtown Long Beach on Tuesday evening, the City Council voted, 9-0, to allow Long Beach Yellow Cab, which holds the city's exclusive franchise agreement, to charge passengers less than the metered fare.

Metro poll suggests strong support for 2016 transportation tax hike — More than two-thirds of Los Angeles County residents would support raising the county sales tax by a half-cent to bring in about $120 billion for rail and highway projects, according to a new poll paid for by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

New Metro chief executive will make nearly $350,000 in salary, stipends — The incoming chief executive of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will make nearly $350,000 a year in salary and stipends, an increase of $20,000 over his predecessor's earnings. Phil Washington, who most recently led Denver's transit agency, signed a four-year contract with a base salary of $327,000.

L.A. pushing regulators to legalize ride-sharing services at LAX — Michelle Lee walked out of Los Angeles International Airport, pulling her suitcase behind her, and boarded a boxy yellow-and-black parking shuttle. As other travelers rummaged through bags for car keys and parking stubs, Lee pulled out her iPhone and opened the Uber app.

Baldwin Hills-area quakes not linked to oil operations, experts say — Despite concerns from some residents, scientists say two recent earthquakes centered in the Baldwin Hills area - including one Sunday morning - do not appear to be connected to drilling operations at nearby oil fields. Seismologists said the earthquakes were far enough below the surface that drilling at the Inglewood Oil Field was not the cause.

Tenants in building cited for housing violations settle for $2 million — Tenants who lived in a Los Angeles apartment building that was repeatedly cited for health and housing violations have settled a negligence lawsuit with their property manager for more than $2 million. Four days into a jury trial over dangerous living conditions, about 100 tenants reached a $2.18-million settlement Thursday with Bracha Investments LLC, according to the attorneys representing the tenants.

Scores of stranded climbers airlifted from Mt. Everest camps — Climbers and Nepalese sherpa guides stranded on Mt. Everest woke before dawn Tuesday to evacuate to base camp, cut off from the higher reaches of the mountain after an earthquake-triggered avalanche.
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May 23, 2015

The Wilshire Grand (soon to be the tallest building west of the Mississippi) is really going up! #myLAcommute

May 22, 2015

#FF and congrats to @latimes intern buddy @lhautala, who's joining @cnet as a cybersecurity and privacy reporter!

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