Metro has a plan to make it easier to get around LA. We’re building more transit options with improved quality and service. Our Office of Extraordinary Innovation(OEI)focuses on identifying innovative solutions in the marketplace that may help further Metro’s mission, vision and strategic goals. Through Unsolicited Proposals and Private-Public Partnerships, OEI facilitates collaboration that drives performance and enhances the delivery of public services.
The standard approach to developing projects at public agencies is largely internal; the agency identifies a need, develops a project, and seeks a contractor to carry out the scope of work. Unsolicited proposals present an opportunity for external parties to bring forward project proposals for consideration, expanding Metro’s horizons and sparking conversations about alternative approaches and solutions.
Unsolicited proposals have influenced over $15 billion worth of Metro projects in 2015, including the following:
Metro’s Public-Private Partnerships (P3) team collaborates with all Metro departments to evaluate and develop major capital projects that have the potential to benefit from alternative delivery approaches. Potential benefits may include:
Assignment of risks to the party best able to manage them
Mechanisms to incentivize or drive performance
Alternative technical concepts and financing tools
Lifecycle cost reductions
Over the course of five years, OEI has screened eight capital projects for potential P3 delivery, six of which received submissions through the Unsolicited Proposals Policy. Of those, Metro has recommended three for P3 delivery:
Metro and OEI are also separately advising the City of Inglewood on the Inglewood Transit Connector, which is planned to be delivered as a P3 project. Metro continues to screen whether its large capital projects are a fit for delivery through public-private partnerships and is open to assessing other opportunities.
Metro’s Countywide Planning team also accepts unsolicited proposals for joint development incorporating Metro-owned land through the policy. Proposals should be submitted by mail and well in advance of the proposer’s desired commencement of the project to allow Metro enough time to evaluate the proposal, publicize it, and negotiate a contract if the proposal is accepted. Proposers should anticipate at least six months before any negotiation can begin. Find Metro’s Joint Development Policy here.