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Extraordinary Innovation

We live in extraordinary times. While Los Angeles presents some of the toughest mobility challenges in America, the world is experiencing levels of transportation innovation unprecedented in recent memory. And these changes are in turn redefining what an agency like Metro should be.

To take advantage of the promise offered by these opportunities, Metro must strive to be the most innovative transportation agency in the country, ensuring that we are using every tool at our disposal to help improve mobility in LA County.

With that in mind, the Office of Extraordinary Innovation was established to help set a clear vision for what Metro hopes to achieve, and to explore new ways to move LA. From public private capital partnerships to cutting edge new technologies, OEI is tasked with identifying, evaluating, developing, and implementing these new approaches. These efforts may be undertaken by Metro on its own or jointly in collaboration with private sector firms through innovative partnership agreements.

To carry out this work, OEI has three program areas:

  • Strategic Planning: Vision 2028
  • Public-Private Partnerships/Unsolicited Proposals Policy
  • New Mobility
  • Metro Vision 2028 is our agency’s big picture plan to improve mobility in Los Angeles County and explains what the public can expect from Metro over the next ten years. This is a bold and ambitious plan that intends to marshal the creativity, resources, and political will to shape our mobility future and unleash Los Angeles County’s unparalleled economic and social promise. Vision 2028 emphasizes putting the user experience at the core of transportation and at the forefront of how we do business. Check out our plan for improving mobility .
  • Metro’s Unsolicited Proposal policy represents Metro’s commitment to bringing the best of the public and private sectors together, and believes that partnerships are key to our shared success. This unique policy allows private sector companies working on transportation innovations to present new ideas directly to Metro for review and evaluation, jump-starting the traditional public procurement process. The most exciting proposals could lead to a demonstration, a pilot project, or in the most successful cases, a full deployment across Metro’s system. Partnership models could include finance-based Public-Private-Partnerships (P3) for innovative delivery of major capital investments, or new partnerships models that allow Metro to harness the creativity and incentives of the private sector to improve project outcomes in other ways. The Unsolicited Proposal process is key tool to help operationalize Vision 2028 through leading-edge approaches, business models, and technologies, enabling Metro to be nimble and more quickly realize the benefits of new opportunities to delivering services better, faster and more effectively.
  • New Mobility projects represent cutting edge transportation services are made possible by new technology. These pilot projects are testing new service delivery methods that include greater private sector involvement, more focus on customer experience, and improved mobility and access particularly for populations that have been neglected by the existing private networks.