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Rail Freight Transport


Trains are the essence of the Industrial Revolution. When goods need to be moved across long distances, few transportation modes can be as efficient as railroads. This is why trains have always been part of the logistics chain.

In today’s competitive economic landscape, rail freight is crucial and operators are looking to expand their network’s capacity and productivity with investments in both advanced technology and infrastructure. In fact, the demand for new and upgraded rail lines has been growing rapidly in recent years.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff provides planning, design and construction management services for any rail-related project. Our planning capabilities include capacity simulations, analysis and resolution of operational issues, market analyses, traffic forecasting, and multimodal competitive assessments.

Freight train

Investing in the Future

Across the world, rail companies are investing millions of dollars to maintain the efficiency, the safety and the sustainability of their networks. Also we have seen growth in intermodal traffic.

With our multi-faceted expertise (port, roads and highways, rail), we provide services to successfully deliver a new or revitalized intermodal terminal. Here are some of our specific services:

  • Architectural and intermodal facility design
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Specialty track design
  • Tactical and operational scheduling
  • Development of standards and criteria for public agencies
  • System and network concept development
  • Environmental assessment
  • Sustainability and resilience planning and assessment
  • Engineering design
  • Technical and economic feasibility assessments
  • Network and corridor planning
  • Operations planning and simulations
  • Operations and maintenance consulting
  • Railway signalling
  • Communications systems design
  • Traction power systems design and engineering
  • Tunnelling and elevated structures design and engineering