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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has begun considering a series of public-private partnerships to deliver new transportation projects faster than expected. The partnerships, which will be established through competitive bids, could help accelerate three projects funded by the Measure M sales tax, Metro officials said in a press release.The three projects are the Sepulveda Transit Corridor, where the agency is considering building light-rail, subway or bus rapid transit; the West Santa Ana Branch light-rail project; and an extension of the ExpressLanes network. The announcement followed an evaluation process by Metro staff on separate unsolicited proposals. "The voters of Los Angeles County have given us a mandate to build new public transportation projects as quickly as possible — now, it's our turn to deliver on that promise," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who also serves as Metro's chair.The next step is to issue requests for proposals that give firms a chance to offer proposals on how to accelerate the projects.
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