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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

Transportation and mobility writer at the Los Angeles Times. Proud Kansan, @USC alum, INTJ. Got a story?

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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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.

California's 'most hazardous' rail crossing will get a major overhaul — A Los Angeles County railroad crossing that's been called the most hazardous in California will receive a long-planned overhaul, including a flyover ramp to separate traffic from trains, transportation officials said Thursday.

Blue Cut fire evacuees face freeway closures and jammed back roads — The Cajon Pass is one of Southern California's most vital transportation links, connecting Los Angeles to Las Vegas and serving as a key shipping route for trucks headed east with produce and goods. The massive wildfire that ripped through the pass this week closed several major freeways and roads, causing a commuter nightmare that also complicated the massive evacuation effort.

Metro subway project through Beverly Hills can continue, judge rules — During more than three decades of discussion and planning, Los Angeles County transportation officials have cleared almost every obstacle to the long-planned Wilshire subway. The main exception has been Beverly Hills.

Expo Line doesn't have enough rail cars for its surging ridership — Before the doors to the Expo Line train slid open, letting in a gust of hot summer air, Metro riders at the Farmdale station in West Adams had already backed away from the edge of the platform, shaking their heads. The train, packed with evening commuters, pulled away without anyone boarding.

L.A. Metro's sales tax proposal will appear on the November ballot — Los Angeles County voters will be asked in November to approve a half-cent sales tax increase that would continue indefinitely to fund a major expansion of Southern California's transit network. The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to add the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's tax increase proposal to a ballot already crowded with other initiatives.

Fire near Santa Clarita continues to burn out of control, explodes to more than 20,000 acres (+video) — LOS ANGELES - A wildfire in the Santa Clarita Valley area has grown to more than 20,000 acres, prompting new evacuations Saturday for hundreds of homes in canyon areas, authorities said. The evacuation order was issued about 3:15 p.m. for residents in Sand and Placerita canyons, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Brush fire spreads to more than 11,000 acres near Santa Clarita as ash and smoke fill skies (+video) — LOS ANGELES - A wildfire in the Santa Clarita Valley area has burned more than 11,000 acres, prompting mandatory evacuations in some areas and covering much of the Los Angeles basin with smoke and ash. The Sand fire, which was reported about 2 p.m.

Santa Clarita area fire grows to more than 22,000 acres — The brush fire raging in the rugged mountains in the Santa Clarita Valley grew to more than 22,000 acres overnight as firefighters struggle to gain control of the wildfire amid a weekend-long heat wave. The Sand fire roared primarily through uninhabited areas near the 14 Freeway much of Saturday, fueled by high winds and hillsides carpeted with tinderlike chaparral.

Little Tokyo mall sues Metro over downtown subway project — The owners of a pedestrian mall in Little Tokyo sued the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and two major construction companies on Wednesday afternoon, seeking an immediate halt to work on a $1.5-billion subway project in the area. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior...
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Aug 28, 2016

"What is this place?" Beautiful story on a Finnish town near the Arctic Circle, the end of the line for refugees: 

Aug 27, 2016

RT @SoCalNewsGuy: Elegant use of simple data...suggesting bigger question about ultimate capacity of 'missing link' downtown Connector 

Aug 27, 2016

@juliacarriew I have been grappling with this question (but in my case, a couch) for like... two years.

Aug 27, 2016

The number of people younger than 25 attempting suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge has risen "five fold" since 2000. 

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