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Partnerships and Unsolicited Proposals

Unsolicited Proposals

For public agencies like Metro, the approach to most tasks is to lay out design parameters and ask private firms to submit plans that meet them. While this works great for many projects, allowing Metro to get the most qualified contractor or the best price, it doesn’t always leave much room for new ideas and innovations, or different perspectives on how best to meet LA County’s transportation needs.

OEI is working to implement an alternative approach through our Unsolicited Proposal Policy. Instead of defining exactly what we want, we’re laying out the broad goals we hope to achieve, and then asking the private sector get creative. We’re calling this new tool Metro’s Unsolicited Proposal Policy. Here’s how it works.

Any firm with an idea for a better way to design, finance, build, deliver, or operate Metro’s services can develop a conceptual proposal for how it might help Metro to achieve our goals. It can be a partnership model, in which both Metro and a private firm have roles and responsibilities for delivering the project, or simply something that Metro chooses to incorporate into its systems and operations.

For each proposal we receive, we’ll assemble a team of internal experts, evaluate the idea, and respond with our assessment within 90 days. If a concept offers enough promise, we’ll ask for more specifics to conduct a more comprehensive assessment. The best ideas may be tested as a demonstration, or through an Innovation Pilot to prove concepts or gather real-world data, or in some cases may even become a permanent part of Metro’s plans and operations.

You may submit your Unsolicited Proposal by e-mail or carrier mail/hand delivery. Please choose one method of submission only.

By e-mail, send to: Requirements: All documents must be in a standard readable and printable PDF format and must be contained in a single e-mail not to exceed 150MB in size, including attachments.

Or by carrier mail/hand delivery, send to: LACMTA Vendor/Contract Management Mail Stop 99-9-1 One Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012

Here is the application .

To review Metro’s Unsolicited Proposal Policy, click here and get answers to some frequently asked questions . If you have questions, please call Vendor/Contract Management (V/CM) at 213.922.1037.

You can read more about the Unsolicited Proposal Process on our business website , and get answers to some frequently asked questions .

Public Private Partnerships

OEI serves as the P3 office for LA Metro. Public-Private Partnerships (P3) can be a means to improve the delivery and performance of our many planned transportation capital projects. We’re interested in innovative new methods for accelerating project financing, bringing new skills and technical concepts to project design, delivery, and operation, and sharing the risks and rewards of the project delivery process.

Through these innovations, we hope to see construction cost savings, congestion mitigation, earlier achievement of environmental goals, and earlier completion of much needed transportation projects.

Unsolicited Proposal Dashboard

Since the establishment of our unsolicited proposal policy in February 2016, Metro has received 199 Unsolicited Proposals. 32 proposals have been advanced to Phase II.  25 proposals have been advanced to implementation. Metro has awarded seven contracts as a result of Unsolicited Proposals, completed six proofs of concept, issued one lease, and has several additional contracting opportunities in the pipeline. Over 150 subject matter experts from various Metro departments have brought their talents to helping OEI evaluate these proposals. Please see the 2019 OEI Innovation Portfolio for more on projects that have come through the Unsolicited Proposal process.