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File #: 2017-0686   
Type: Policy Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/3/2017 In control: Executive Management Committee
On agenda: 11/16/2017 Final action:
Title: APPROVE the policy for a Measure M Early Project Delivery Strategy, outlined in Attachment A.
Sponsors: Planning and Programming Committee
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Early Project Delivery Strategy 20171121 Legistar, 2. Attachment B - FAQ, 3. Attachment C - PowerPoint Presentation, 4. Staff Report
Related files: 2017-0596




NOVEMBER 16, 2017







ACTION:                     APPROVE POLICY






APPROVE the policy for a Measure M Early Project Delivery Strategy, outlined in Attachment A.




This item proposes a uniform policy for determining when Measure M projects can be delivered earlier than scheduled, as allowed by the Ordinance.  Attachment A is the proposed Policy.  Attachment B is an explainer about it, including the rationale and frequently asked questions.  A comprehensive policy to transparently and uniformly guide decision-making about how and when projects can be delivered earlier increases the likelihood that project acceleration can be achieved.  Furthermore, stating the fundamental responsibilities for collaboration between Metro and its many partners helps to keep projects on schedule and within budget.




Policy Authority

The Measure M Ordinance approved by Los Angeles County voters allows for project acceleration.  Section 11, paragraph b states:   “By two-thirds (2/3) vote, the Metro Board of Directors may amend the “Schedule of Funds Available” columns listed in Attachment A to accelerate a project, provided that any such amendments shall not reduce the amount of funds assigned to any other project or program as shown in the “Measure M Funding 2015$” column of Attachment A or delay the Schedule of Funds Available for any other project or program.”  This is essentially a hold harmless clause, which in laymen’s terms could be interpreted to mean that “projects can be accelerated as long as doing so does not delay or otherwise negatively impact other projects”.

Policy Need


During development of the Measure M Ordinance in 2016, many stakeholders expressed a desire to have projects delivered earlier.  Therefore, the aforementioned authority was written into the Ordinance to allow for project acceleration.  Despite the enabling language, a policy framework for an early project delivery strategy does not exist.  This has resulted in requests for early delivery of individual projects lacking supporting evidence, inefficient use of resources in addressing the requests and disappointment by proponents who have not been provided clarity in how to accelerate a project.


Policy Benefits


The faster projects in Measure M can be completed, the sooner Metro can expand access to opportunity for the residents of Los Angeles County.  These projects improve mobility for all those who live, work, play and visit the region.  A strategic framework for how to accomplish early project delivery enables attaining it.  That achieves all of the benefits set forth in the preamble of the Measure M Ordinance. 


Policy Approach


The four categories of strategic inputs for early project delivery - Funding, Partnerships, Process and Innovations - were identified because those are the areas most impactful in driving how projects are completed.  These strategic inputs are project accelerators that could partially support facilitating early project delivery.  Multiple inputs are generally needed to achieve early project delivery.  For projects at risk of delay, a disclosure and recovery plan must be prepared.


Policy Process


A screening tool is used to suggest the propensity for early project delivery.  If the propensity exists, then staff conducts a further analysis to confirm the likelihood of early project delivery.  For projects with potential for acceleration, the Board considers and then makes the final decision, following a public process set forth in controlling law.


Policy Iteration