The above report is something that Metro CEO Phil Washington wants done on an annual basis: a single document that provides updates on Metro projects, including expected completion date, budget and any issues encountered. It’s a useful document and easy enough for Josephine Q. Public to scroll through and get a quick idea what’s happening with the agency’s many projects.
Or, as staff put it in their report to Metro’s Board:
The APE initiative is a comprehensive evaluation of Metro’s Capital Program, including Transit, Highway, and Regional Rail projects. As part of the APE process, staff reviewed and updated project costs and schedule to current conditions and challenges. Any changes to project budgets/schedules and the reasons for the adjustments are to be reported to the Board annually for approval. In addition, APE serves as a project management tool bringing greater consistency, transparency, and discipline in project managers to better manage and deliver Board-approved projects. The APE is a dynamic tool, which is updated annually as projects move towards completion and any changes approved by the Board are incorporated.