Metro advances four unsolicited proposals that could accelerate major Measure M projects

Metro today announced that four unsolicited proposals that could accelerate two mega projects included in Metro’s Measure M transportation ballot measure have advanced from Phase I to Phase II analysis. Two of the proposals are for the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor and two are for the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor. Each proposal suggests a different approach to bringing innovation, acceleration, cost savings and/or other benefits to the respective projects, compared with Metro’s planned project delivery method.

The four proposals have passed the initial conceptual review – as outlined in Metro’s new unsolicited proposal policy — and will move on to the second phase in the process: a more detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis.

The two proposals for the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor moving forward in the process are from Skanska (Skanska USA Civil West) and Kiewit (Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.). Two others are for the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor. They are from Parsons (Parsons Transportation Group, Inc.) and Cintra (Cintra US Services LLC, an affiliate of Cintra Global Ltd.).

The review team recommended that Metro decline further review of two proposals: one for the West Santa Ana project from ACS/Dragados (ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc./Dragados USA. Inc.) and one for the Sepulveda Pass project from Sepulveda Corridor Development Partners, led by HDR Engineering, Inc.

Following a detailed analysis of the Phase II proposals, Metro staff will decide whether to issue requests for proposals to the industry.

In February 2016, Metro hosted the agency’s first major industry forum, Transformation Through Transportation. That’s when Metro officials invited the private sector to bring the agency their ideas for helping Metro deliver projects sooner than they are scheduled.

Throughout the year, Metro has been accepting unsolicited proposals on various levels and for different ideas. These are the first mega projects to advance to Phase II analysis.

6 replies

  1. Has Metro reached out to Elon Musk to help in the Sepulveda Pass and 710 Tunnels? Based on many News outlets Musk wants to build a tunnel from his office to LAX maybe Musk will be willing to invest in the Tunnels Metro already have plans for…

    • Not that I’m aware of. If Musk builds a tunnel boring machine, a construction firm could presumably buy it to build a future project.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

    • yeah, it would be nice for some details.. how exactly would these proposals that are advancing work? How quickly could they advance these two major projects (West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor and the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor)? What would Metro have to give up in exchange for the private sector to front the financing to accelerate the development of each?