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Partnerships and Unsolicited Proposals

Unsolicited Proposal Evaluation Priorities

CoVID-19 Update:

Metro continues to evaluate Unsolicited Proposals during the CoVID-19 health crisis. During this time, however, we are prioritizing proposals related to pandemic response, service relaunch, and regional recovery that support efficient mobility in a changed world. These include but are not limited to:

  1. Innovations that aid in response such as cleaning and hygiene, social distancing (for both employees and customers), delivering service during stay-at-home orders;
  2. Innovations that help in relaunching service to meet residual demand and emerging needs;
  3. Innovations that reduce costs, are cost neutral, or generate revenue; and
  4. Innovations that help Metro adapt and evolve its role in effectively providing mobility in a changed world.

Due to the dynamic and uncertain nature of the crisis, and to aid prioritization, Metro has temporarily suspended its 90-day review period. Previously submitted Unsolicited Proposals are being addressed on a case by case basis. Similarly, implementation of any accepted proposals may vary based on level of priority. For inquiries related to current Unsolicited Proposals, please contact Nolan Borgman at borgmann@metro.net .

The standard approach for executing projects at public agencies like Metro is for the agency to lay out design parameters and ask the private sector to submit plans to meet them. While this approach allows Metro to select the most qualified contractor or to receive the best price, it doesn’t always spur the innovation of doing things differently or doing different things.

OEI implements an alternative approach through our Unsolicited Proposal Policy. Instead of defining what we want, we lay out goals for what we hope to achieve – like those in the Vision 2028 plan – and ask the private, non-profit and academic sectors to get creative and offer Metro its perspective on how best to meet LA County’s transportation needs.

When Metro mobilizes business around its needs and goals, it’s able to leverage private sector perspectives and expertise, leading to co-developed, win-win solutions for Metro, its customers and businesses. The Unsolicited Proposal Policy delivers a range of beneficial outcomes not only for large capital transportation projects which improve mobility but also small station-based projects which improve customer experience. It also allows Metro to rollout promising ideas as pilots and proofs of concept before applying it to the entire system.

Unsolicited Proposals

Have an idea for a better way to design, finance, build, deliver or operate Metro services? You can develop a conceptual proposal that tells us how your idea helps us to achieve our goals.

Submit your proposal by email at unsolicitedproposals@metro.net or by mail at LACMTA Vendor/Contract Management Mail Stop 99-9-1 One Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Please choose one method of submission only. All documents must be in a standard readable and printable PDF format and must be contained in a single e-mail not to exceed 150 MB in size, including attachments.

Before you submit: Read the Unsolicited Proposal Policy and get answers to Frequently Asked Questions . If you have additional questions, please call Metro Vendor/Contract Management (V/CM) at 213.922.1037.

Proposals are reviewed and evaluated within 90 days. If a concept offers promise, we’ll seek to implement it or ask for more information to conduct a comprehensive assessment. The best ideas may become a demonstration project or an Innovation Pilot. Some even become a permanent part of Metro’s plans and operations. Learn more about the projects implemented through the Unsolicited Proposal process by reading the 2019 Innovation Portfolio . The most successful proposals align with the goals outlined in Metro’s Vision 2028 Plan .

Parties interested in becoming a registered Metro vendor or submitting to a procurement solicitation should visit business.metro.net .

Public Private Partnerships

Public-Private Partnerships (P3) can be a means to improve the delivery and performance of our planned capital projects. We’re interested in innovative methods that accelerate project financing, bring new skills and technical concepts to project design, delivery, and operation, and share the risks and rewards of the project delivery process.

Have an idea to accelerate delivery of a Metro capital project or to manage assets in a more programmatic way? Submit your proposal through the Unsolicited Proposal process.

Want to learn more about P3 development at Metro? Visit our P3 page here or read our Public Private Partnerships Fact Sheet and P3 101 Presentation .

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

Joint Development

Metro also accepts Unsolicited Proposals for Joint Development on Metro owned land through the Policy. However, proposals for Joint Development are reviewed by the Joint Development Team. Proposals should be submitted by mail and well in advance of the proposer’s desired commencement of the project in order to allow Metro sufficient 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.

Want to learn more about Joint Development at Metro? Visit our Joint Development Program page .

Unsolicited Proposal Dashboard

Since establishment of the Policy in February 2016, Metro has received more than 200 Unsolicited Proposals. 33 proposals have been advanced to Phase II and 26 proposals have been advanced to implementation. Metro has awarded seven contracts as a result of Unsolicited Proposals, completed six proofs of concept, and issued one lease. Several more contracting opportunities are in the pipeline. Over 150 subject matter experts from various Metro departments have brought their talents to helping OEI evaluate these proposals.