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Rail & Transit

Transit is not simply a transportation mode; it is a community-building tool.  Transit influences investment decisions and fosters economic development and revitalization.  Thriving communities become burdened by their own prosperity when transportation improvements do not keep pace with a booming economy and surging development.  Properly addressing congestion is fundamental to a region’s continued economic strength and its appeal to residents, businesses, and visitors.

Successful implementation of transit and rail projects depends on an understanding of how developers operate; how to adapt to changing political realities; and how to work with public agencies, private ventures, and local communities.

At WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, our experts help transportation agencies plan, design and manage the construction of all forms of mass transit—heavy and light rail, streetcars and people movers, and bus rapid transit.  We combine our expertise in engineering design and construction-phase services with strategic consulting, land use planning, and program management to provide clients with comprehensive support from inception through operations.  Our experience in transit-oriented development aids clients in fostering the creation of vibrant, livable communities centered on transit, and we offer strategies to make transportation infrastructure truly sustainable.

Transit clients are increasingly seeking more than engineering:  They’re seeking strategic solutions for better ways of doing things.  Our job is to help them achieve their vision.  Drawing on a pool of specialists located in numerous locations across the globe, our transit experts offer support in the various disciplines that are key to achieving successful mass transit and public transportation projects.

Market Leader: Paul Skoutelas


Paul Skoutelas provides leadership and strategic direction with a focus on growing the firm’s transit & rail business, enhancing marketing capabilities and strengthening client relationships. He is also responsible for strategic and tactical advice to the firm’s clients on a wide range of transit and rail issues including, project delivery, management and operations.

Paul joined WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, after successful tenures as chief executive officer at two prominent public transportation agencies—the Port of Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), Orlando, Florida. His background includes the development, implementation and management of large-scale capital programs for a variety of transportation facilities. In addition, he has extensive experience in finance, budgeting, operations, planning, human resources, labor relations, marketing, procurement, auditing, government affairs and media relations.