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Laura J. Nelson

Los Angeles
Transportation and Mobility Reporter — Los Angeles Times
Covers:  mobility, commuting, infrastructure, trains, cars, light rail, pedestrians, bikes, southern california, parking, los angeles, freeways, buses, traffic, streets, transit-oriented development

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I write about how people get from Point A to Point B in Los Angeles, and co-write our weekly transportation feature, California Commute.

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5 passengers in critical condition, 25 others injured, hospitals say — Five passengers in the USA Holiday bus that crashed on Interstate 10 Sunday morning are in critical condition at a local hospital. Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, which has the Coachella Valley's only trauma center, received 14 adult patients after the crash, including five in critical condition, spokesman Richard Ramhoff said.

Tour bus collides with big rig in Desert Hot Springs; 3 reported killed — Multiple people were killed Sunday morning when a tour bus collided with a big-rig truck on the 10 Freeway near Indio, officials said.

Tour bus collides with big rig in Desert Hot Springs; 3 reported killed

Will Metro's sales tax reduce your time stuck in traffic by 15%? Maybe - in 2057 — As cars and trucks crawl along a congested Southern California freeway, a dark-haired driver rests her head on her hand in frustration. The narrator's voice breaks in with a tantalizing suggestion: If Los Angeles County voters approve a tax increase for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Nov.

Early L.A. bike share ridership numbers trail other large cities, data shows — Ridership on Los Angeles County's new bicycle sharing system has been smaller in its first months than on similar programs in other major U.S. cities, a Times analysis found. Angelenos and tourists took more than 55,400 rides, or an average of 73 trips per bicycle, on the downtown Los Angeles system between its launch in July and the end of September.

Campaigns supporting Metro's transportation tax bring in more than $4.5 million — Supporters of a proposed sales tax increase that would fund a dramatic expansion of Los Angeles County's passenger rail network have contributed more than $4.5 million this year, campaign disclosures show. More than three-quarters of that amount came from developers, organized labor, engineering firms and other groups that could see financial gains from the Southern California infrastructure building boom that Measure M would create, a Times analysis found.

Voters defeated Metro's ambitious plan to raise money in 2012, and they might do it again — Four years ago, a ballot measure to expand mass transit across Los Angeles County failed by less than 1 percentage point, a slim defeat attributed to voters in a chain of small, coastal cities outside the region's core.

Judge backs ballot language for Metro's sales tax increase proposal — A Metropolitan Transportation Authority proposal to raise Los Angeles County's base sales tax rate to fund transit and highway projects does not need to be rewritten before appearing on the November ballot, a judge said Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Mary H.

First JFK, then LAX: How do you control chaos in a false alarm shooter situation? — The chaos appears to have started Sunday evening when an actor wearing a mask and a black cloak, and carrying what appeared to be a sword, walked into the arrival level of Terminal 7 at Los Angeles International Airport. Police detained the man at gunpoint, but released him after finding that the sword was plastic.

Expo Line trains regularly run behind schedule, posing a challenge for Metro — A major selling point for the Expo Line extension has been the travel time between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica, which officials touted would be comparable to driving in sluggish rush-hour traffic on the 10 Freeway.
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Oct 23, 2016

Today's tour bus crash in Desert Hot Springs is one of the deadliest in California history, with 13 deaths. 

Oct 23, 2016

CHP says they've received calls from Mexico, Australian and Japanese consulates, but "the majority of passengers were Hispanic."

Oct 23, 2016

CHP: "Unfortunately, several passengers have not been identified. Some IDs were not valid.”

Oct 23, 2016

Were the majority of the fatalities in the front of the bus? Abele: "Based on the significance of the impact, I would say yes."

Oct 23, 2016

Jim Abele, a chief with California Highway Patrol: 13 people were killed, including the driver of the bus. 31 passengers injured.

Oct 23, 2016

Stay tuned for updates from a CHP press conference in the Inland Empire, discussing this morning's fatal bus crash: 

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