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2022 40 Under 40: Andrew Quinn


One word to describe you: Curious

Foster mother: NYU and Columbia University

Fun fact about yourself: I was a Maryland state champion in extemporaneous speaking in high school.

Andrew Quinn joined LA Metro in 2015 as Senior Environmental Specialist and has continually helped improve the agency as he rose through the ranks. He was promoted to Senior Manager in 2019, then served as Acting Senior Manager in 2021. During his time in the Environmental Compliance and Sustainability department, Quinn worked on many successful projects to further sustainability efforts. of the agency. Quinn planned and managed the expansion of LA Metro’s electric vehicle charger program from 20 to 100 chargers, including piloting the electrification of LA Metro’s non-revenue fleet. He mentored staff in learning new technical, financial and legal skills, and conducted training sessions for staff to develop a better understanding of zero-emission bus technologies, project delivery methods, financial analysis and contract structuring. In addition to the electric vehicle charging program, he developed a triple bottom line analysis tool currently used on projects and worked on the sustainable capital program.

Since assuming his current role as Assistant General Manager of LA Metro’s Office of Strategic Innovation, he has been instrumental in several projects. He led value-for-money analysis for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor light rail project; supported the development of the Sepulveda Pre-Development Agreement (PDA); and oversaw the development of early work delivery methods and public-private partnerships for the Santa Ana West Branch Light Rail Transit Project. He then led the partnerships team in preparing business cases for the Sepulveda, West Santa Ana Branch and Zero Emission Bus projects and in coordinating LA Metro’s involvement in the Inglewood Transit Connector automated shuttle project. .

Most notably, Quinn was instrumental in the development of the Sepulveda PDA, a first-of-its-kind competitive PDA involving two private sector teams to design heavy rail and monorail solutions for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project. Teams compete to be selected by LA Metro as the locally preferred alternative and opportunity to build, finance, operate and maintain the transit line. His work has focused on developing the scope of work and its relationship to the CEQA/NEPA environmental processes and value for money assessment process, PDA assessment criteria and PDA compensation structure. During the active procurement process, he worked collaboratively to receive feedback from PDA Proponents and revise the PDA RFP and PDA Agreement to ultimately attract four proposals. He currently leads the financial workflow and value for money analysis to meet the requirements of the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act and to recommend the best delivery method for the project.

He actively engages businesses in structured market soundings to receive feedback on proposed projects and LA Metro contract terms to develop commercially attractive and competitive projects that meet LA Metro’s goals and objectives. Andrew has led several market sounding efforts engaging major construction, engineering and investment firms to share lessons learned, market insights and soliciting their feedback on projects under development. These market sounding efforts helped Metro develop a project strategy, solicitation and contractual framework, and informed the Agency of industry best practices.

It supports the development of the California Infrastructure Delivery Coalition (CALInfra), a nonprofit organization focused on educating and informing state and local governments and transit agencies about the different forms of project delivery and advocates for authority to allow them to use whatever form of project delivery they deem most appropriate to achieve their goals and objectives. He also speaks at several conferences and works with peers from other agencies such as Maryland DOT, New Jersey Transit and Canada Infrastructure Bank to share best practices on project delivery methods and how they can help improve the provision of public transport services.

What do you like most about your job?

Working on so many different aspects of the business. Leading LA Metro’s partnerships team, I work with engineers, architects, construction managers, contractors, attorneys, investors, financial, asset and purchasing managers, operators, lane inspectors, politicians, residents, etc. perspective.

What is the hardest part of your job?

I enjoy collaborating and learning from people with very different perspectives and expertise, but reaching consensus on a single issue or project can be difficult. Invariably, almost all solutions have a cost. Even if the net benefits outweigh the costs, one aspect of the project may suffer and the person or team responsible for that part of the project may find it difficult to accept the overall solution. Finding that balance between multiple perspectives and interests to achieve the best results for a project, the agency and the region is a process that requires patience, perseverance and open-mindedness.

What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?

Being part of the team that developed Sepulveda’s pre-development agreement. First of all, people were a pleasure to work with. And figuring out how to structure the procurement and contract to ensure innovative competition, protect the interests of LA Metro and taxpayers, and enable a collaborative environment between LA Metro and its contractors was an incredibly fascinating puzzle to piece together. Working now on implementation with LA Metro staff, PDA teams and our technical, environmental, outreach, financial and legal advisors is also very rewarding. It is a constant learning process. Key idea so far: A contract is one of the most powerful tools for internal organizational change.

Best tips/tricks/best practices to share in your area of ​​expertise?

Start by asking yourself the questions: what are the results I want to achieve? What is the process to get there? Then, focus on the process and recognize and accept what you can’t (and shouldn’t!) control.