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Current Initiatives

OEI’s portfolio is always changing. New proposals and ideas are received and reviewed, ideas are developed and advanced, and projects are designed and implemented. Our work evolves but our mission remains focused on evaluating how new approaches, technologies, and ideas can help to move 10 million people faster, better, cheaper, and smarter.

Here’s what we’re working on right now.

  • Shared and demand-responsive mobility research and demonstrations
    How can Metro leverage demand-responsive technology to improve mobility, customer experience and system performance?

    MicroTransit Pilot Project (MTP)
    Metro is designing a new demand-responsive service to improve the user experience of our customers. The new service will be on-call when riders want it, where they want it, connecting more people and places to our existing system.

    On October 25th, the agency issued a Request for Proposal to partner with the private sector on the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of the new service. Proposals are due on December 6, 2017.

    For more information on the project, visit www.metro.net/microtransit

    Mobility on Demand (MOD)
    The Federal Transit Administration has made $8 million in funding available for pilot programs to demonstrate and evaluate innovative approaches to integrated MOD solutions for public transportation. LA Metro, in partnership with Sound Transit in Seattle, Foothill Transit, Access Services and Los Angeles Department of Transportation, received $1.3 million to explore how an on-demand transportation platform can complement transit by delivering customers to rapid transit stations. Specific project elements will evaluate solutions to challenges such as payment integration, access for individuals with disabilities and those without smart phones, and service to minority and low-income areas.

    Leading transportation researchers from the Eno Center for Transportation; University of California, Los Angeles; and the Washington State Transportation Center at the University of Washington will document the process, analyze resulting data, and extract the lessons learned for application nationwide.

    For more information on the project, visit www.metro.net/mod

  • Delivering $120 Billion in Projects Better, Faster, Cheaper
    Can new models for public-private partnerships help Metro to build the next generation of transportation projects sooner, smarter, and for less?
    Public-private partnerships (P3s) can leverage Metro’s transportation investments, bringing the skills and resources of private sector partners to provide more bang for the buck, and do so sooner. OEI is reviewing potential options for innovative P3 delivery models for several projects around the county.
  • Traffic signal and system design strategies to speed Metro train trips
    Can modern communications technologies, smart planning, and strategic scheduling help to speed Metro’s light rail trains through Los Angeles County by safely ensuring that rail transit is prioritized? Understanding how our rail network interacts with auto, bike, and pedestrian traffic on LA’s surface streets is a key question to making sure our network moves as quickly and safely as possible. OEI has convened key Metro staff and Los Angeles Department of Transportation to better understand challenges and opportunities to make rail travel as efficient as possible.
  • Expanding buses, trains, and stations as part of the Internet of Things
    Could Metro riders benefit from Big Data, massive connectivity, and the Internet of Things?
    As the cost of connecting continues to fall, the Internet of Things is challenging all sorts of enterprises to utilize data to better understand how connectivity can improve service and reduce costs. With 2,800 buses, 15,000 stops, 450 railcars, and 96 stations in LA County, Metro has major opportunities to use connectivity throughout our system to offer customers a better experience by improving safety, increasing security, and enhancing convenience and reliability for customers. OEI is working across departments at Metro to highlight opportunities for connectivity over the next several years.
  • Putting the customer first with Metro Headquarters Ride with OEI
    Riding the system is key to understanding it. Understanding the system is key to improving it.
    Once per month, OEI leads a ride along for Metro employees stationed at the Metro HQ to walk in the customer shoes. Riding the system during normal revenue service encourages employees from many different departments to see how their work contributes to the service we provide every day, as well as how the many moving parts, touch points and values at play interact within the broader ecosystem of the County. Periodically, OEI opens up these rides to the industry – stay tuned!

Key Interest Areas

OEI has a wide range of interest areas broadly focused on using new and innovative tools to improve and enhance mobility in LA County. While we’re open to any good idea, some key areas where we’re focused are:

  • Public Private Partnerships (both capital and technology)
  • Mobility on Demand, Shared Rides, & Micro-Transit
  • Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Technologies
  • Next Generation Bus System Innovations
  • New Accessibility Models
  • Smart Cities & Connected Streets (transit applications)
  • Multi-Modal Trip Planning & Pricing
  • Open Payments and Fare Integration
  • Performance-Based Procurement
  • Incentivizing Travel Mode and Time Shifts
  • Safety, Security and Asset Management
  • Big Data, Data Analytics and Data Management
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