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Current Projects

Current Projects

OEI’s portfolio is always changing. As an incubator for innovative ways to improve transit in Los Angeles County, OEI routinely reviews proposals, develops ideas, and designs and implements new projects. Our work evolves, but our mission remains focused on approaches, technologies, and ideas that can help move 10 million people in LA County faster, better, and smarter.

Strategic Planning: Vision 2028

Vision 2028 is Metro’s plan to improve mobility in Los Angeles County. By 2028, Metro seeks to revamp LA County’s public transit by:

1. Providing high-quality mobility options that enable people to spend less time traveling

2. Delivering outstanding trip experiences for all users of the transportation system

3. Enhancing communities and lives through mobility and access to opportunity

4. Transforming LA County through regional collaboration and national leadership

5. Providing responsive, accountable, and trustworthy governance within the Metro organization

Partnerships: P3s and Unsolicited Proposals

We work with business to get projects done. Examples of our Public Private Partnerships are:

The East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor

This LRT Project will ultimately extend north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station, to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station, a total of 9.2 miles. $1.3 billion has been identified for the project, most coming from local Measure M, Measure R and State gas tax funds. The light rail trains will operate in the median of Van Nuys Blvd for 6.7 miles to San Fernando Road. From San Fernando Road, the trains will transition onto the existing rail road right-of-way that’s adjacent to San Fernando Road, which it will share with Metrolink for 2.5 miles to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station. The alignment will include 14 at-grade stations with an end-to-end travel time of 31 minutes, and daily boardings that are anticipated to exceed 30,000 by the year 2040.

The Sepulveda Transit Corridor

The Sepulveda Transit Corridor a new high capacity transit service connecting the San Fernando Valley and the Westside of L.A., and eventually to LAX. The natural barrier created by the Santa Monica Mountains means that most people traveling between these areas are funneled primarily onto the I-405 Freeway, already ranked as one of the most traveled urban highways in the nation. The Valley-Westside portion of the project, scheduled to open by 2033, has approximately $5.7 billion allocated to it. Approximately $3.8 billion in additional funds are allocated to extend service from the Westside to LAX, with a 2057 opening date.



The Sepulveda Transit Corridor a new high capacity transit service connecting the San Fernando Valley and the Westside of L.A., and eventually to LAX. The natural barrier created by the Santa Monica Mountains means that most people traveling between these areas are funneled primarily onto the I-405 Freeway, already ranked as one of the most traveled urban highways in the nation. The Valley-Westside portion of the project, scheduled to open by 2033, has approximately $5.7 billion allocated to it. Approximately $3.8 billion in additional funds are allocated to extend service from the Westside to LAX, with a 2057 opening date.

West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor

The West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Transit Corridor Project is a 19-mile light rail corridor that will run through Southeastern L.A. County to the Orange County Line. The project is currently undergoing study to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/ Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to prepare the project for final design and delivery. The Project has a $4 billion allocation of funding comprised of Measure M and other local, state, and federal sources.

We embrace ingenuity through Unsolicited Proposals. Here are some pilots we are exploring on now:

Union Station to Dodger Stadium Aerial Tram

The Union Station to Dodger Stadium Aerial Tram is a privately funded project that is in the environmental study and planning phase.

Orange Line Vehicle to Infrastructure Optimization

The Orange Line Vehicle to Infrastructure Optimization project is a pilot designed to help Orange Line buses catch more green lights.

Mobile Tolling

Mobile tolling is a test of technology that could be used to make ExpressLanes accessible using a smartphone app.


New Mobility

The mobility landscape is constantly changing. Transforming Los Angeles County will require self-transformation on the part of Metro as well. Here is how Metro is harnessing the power of new technology to improve the way Metro customers move:

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 and where riders want it connecting more people and places to our existing system.

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 the 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.

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

OEI Ride Along

OEI leads ride alongs for Metro employees stationed at LA Metro’s Headquarters to walk in the customer shoes. Riding the system 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!

  • If you would like to learn more about the projects we are working on in greater detail, please check out our 2019 Innovation Report .

The Office of Extraordinary Innovation was created in 2015 by CEO Phil Washington to identify the best ideas in transportation and help to test, refine, and implement them at LA Metro.