If you’re like us, you get to work each day excited and inspired by the world of extraordinary transportation innovations happening all around us. Technologies emerge and evolve. Mobility platforms grow and connect us in new ways. Groundbreaking partnership models are developed to address some of the most challenging mobility problems in America.

This is a space to focus on these innovations, the impact they could have, and how they might be used here in Los Angeles County. We want to move the conversation forward, amplify the ideas that excite us the most, and highlight what our office is doing to take advantage of what the world has to offer.
September 2019

OEI releases Metro’s 2019 Innovation Portfolio

By Nolan Borgman

Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation recently published Metro’s 2019 Innovation Portfolio – Transforming Ideas into Improvements.

The report highlights 17 innovative projects developed through the Unsolicited Proposal process and the people from around the agency that made them possible over the last three years. In addition to explaining the projects, the portfolio explores best practices in project delivery and how the UP process can be used to collaborate to solve problems. To learn more about this process and the projects that have come through it, Read more...


Metro selects Pre-Development Agreement (PDA) approach for Sepulveda Project

By Colin Peppard

Learn more about how Metro plans to use this innovative approach to advance one of Los Angeles’ most challenging and needed projects

Over the past few weeks, L.A. Metro has taken major steps to deploy an innovative partnership model to design and deliver the Sepulveda Transit Corridor, one of the region’s most critical yet challenging transportation projects, running between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside of Los Angeles, and ultimately to Los Angeles International Airport. Read more...


The Story of MobileQubes

By Nolan Borgman

This is the story of how it took three years to do something very simple in government, and what we learned.

When Metro launched the Unsolicited Proposal Policy in February 2016, the newly founded Office of Extraordinary Innovation was keen on executing pilot projects to enhance the customer experience. Around this same time Metro CEO Phil Washington had announced expanding cellular service through the subway tunnels as an early priority. He did so because a lack of service was a safety issue and safety is priority #1 at Metro. Read more...


Metro’s Partnership with Via hits 20,000 rides

By Office of Extraordinary Innovation

OEI provides a 6 month update on the Partnership with Via and makes use of the service

Metro has just completed half a year of service in our Partnership with Via (an on-demand, shared ride service similar to Uber Pool or Shared rides on Lyft). We have made exciting strides in the numbers, reaching 1600 rides per week, a tenfold increase Read more...


Say Cheese to Keep The Bus Lanes Clear, Please!

By Luis Garcia and Avital Shavit

Whether on Flower, Fig, Sunset, Wilshire, or Future St., technology can help our bus lanes carry more people, faster

Our current bus-only lanes don’t perform at an optimal level (and don’t inspire public confidence as a rapid public transit tool) since they are clogged with people illegally parking or driving in them. The Wilshire Boulevard Bus-Only Lanes are often blocked by cars using them illegally park to pick up a Starbucks, for Uber and Lyft dropoffs and by drivers using them to cut through traffic. Drivers get away with it because parking officers can only be in so many places at one time.
A study from the DC Metro region has shown that Read more...


Eno Center for Transportation releases report on passage of Measure M

By Emma Huang

It took a village to transform L.A. County. Read more to learn about how Measure M passed and the work the Eno Center is doing to analyze the success and failures of transportation ballot measures across the country.

The Eno Center for Transportation, an independent transportation think tank, has released a paper that offers lessons from Measure M, Metro’s 2016 sales tax initiative that was approved by 71.15 percent of Los Angeles County voters.

The paper is part of a multi-year Eno initiative to comprehensively catalog, analyze and assess transportation measures at the ballot box. Authored by UCLA Professor of Urban Planning Michael Manville, the paper draws from a collection of detailed interviews by writer Joel Epstein with individuals involved in Measure M. The lessons provide perspective on Measure M’s victory and an understanding of what successful transportation ballot campaigns require. Read more...


Can public transit and TNCs get along?

By Avital Shavit

Avital describes Metro’s TAP promotion with Lyft, and by looking at Metro’s new mobility projects and the state of TNC partnerships, wonders what’s possible and what’s next.

In the wilds of Los Angeles County transportation, Metro and transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Lyft and Uber have a complex relationship. The data (here, here and here) suggests the relationship may be Read more...


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