Members of the public and private firms are invited to attend a Think You Can Solve Traffic Forum that Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation is holding on December 4 at 1 p.m. at Union Station. Register here.
Los Angeles County consistently ranks as one of the most congested metro areas in the United States. While waiting in traffic has become an expectation for many residents, OEI believes there are ways to improve travel reliability and decrease commute times.
Metro is seeking ideas that align with its Vision 2028 plan, which envisions trying out the following measures to reduce gridlock:
- Incentives to encourage people to carpool, vanpool, rideshare, take transit, walk and/or bike instead of driving alone.
- Incentives to shift people from driving at peak periods to non-peak periods.
- Congestion pricing on local roads, highways and/or corridors.
- Parking and curb-use fees that optimize the existing space for cars and other modes.
- Other tools that manage travel demand.
Who Should Submit Solutions: We are looking for multi-disciplinary teams to submit new solutions to solve traffic. Technologist, start-ups, inventors, scientists and urbanists that currently work in a variety of sectors are welcome to submit ideas. The agency also welcomes transit nerds and transportation wonks to think outside the box and submit solutions. In order to improve traffic Metro would like to explore nudges to encourage people in Los Angeles County to try a new way of traveling.
Proposed solutions will be reviewed by Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation; an internal panel of Metro experts and proposers may be invited to present to Metro executives and external experts by Spring 2019. Solutions may have opportunities to advance towards a proof of concept, formal procurement or other next steps (UP Phase 2).
Proposed traffic improvements can be submitted here.
Ideas on improving traffic will be reviewed based on the OEI’s Unsolicited Proposal guidelines. Solutions that are submitted by January 31 will be considered in this review round. If you have questions, please contact Vendor/Contract Management at UnsolicitedProposals@metro.net .
Metro strongly encourages ideas that include extensive public outreach and that conforms with the agency’s Equity Platform that was adopted earlier this year. This may include connecting to assistance programs such as Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), Metro LIFE, Federal Lifeline Program and Pay-Near-Me.