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 60 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.
Public Private Partnerships
While OEI is open to any and all innovative mobility proposals, we are particularly interested in proposals for Public-Private Partnerships (P3) as a means to speed and improve the delivery 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 and delivery, and sharing the risks and rewards of the project delivery process.
Through these innovations, we hope to see construction cost savings, efficiencies in alternative delivery and/or project management strategies, congestion mitigation, earlier achievement of environmental goals, and earlier completion of much needed transportation projects.
Read more about our P3 program .
Unsolicited Proposal Dashboard
Since the establishment of our unsolicited proposal policy in February 2016, Metro has received 77 Unsolicited Proposals. Of the 72 that have completed Phase I Review to date, 20 have resulted in a request for a Phase II Detailed Proposal. Eight Phase II Detailed Proposals have been received. Five proposals have been implemented or are in the process of implementation. Over 100 subject matter experts from various Metro departments have brought their talents to helping OEI evaluate these proposals.