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Rail and Transit

The rapid rise of urban populations around the world and the emergence of megacities have strained transportation systems and increased road congestion. Rail and transit networks have greatly increased worldwide since they are viewed as sustainable transport solutions to reduce both congestion and pollution in cities.


Growing cities, increased population density and pollution have created a growing demand for an efficient, reliable and safe alternative to car use. Urban rail has grown and is expected to keep growing in the long-term, with new projects in China and India, as well as the Middle East and South America.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has experience in rail project delivery of all shapes and sizes. From intricate underground lines in Stockholm, high-speed concepts in Norway or the USA, rapid light rail systems in the Caribbean and landmark stations in London, we have taken on many challenging projects and helped make them a success.


Passenger and Freight Rail sectors are modernizing and expanding their networks and integrating information technology to improve communication capabilities. With increased capacities and complexity, improving safety and reliability is vital to network development. Although this requires great investments, solutions must remain affordable for passenger travel and freight transportation.

We have extensive knowledge and experience of all project stages - survey, planning, design, construction and management. This allows us to offer integrated services. We find competitive and innovative solutions, whether our mandate is to expand an existing infrastructure or to create and design a new network in a city while minimizing disturbance.


For Rail Transit Projects, we often partner with our clients to provide broad oversight of the development or expansion of rail transportation. Wherever possible, we incorporate sustainability and transit-oriented development in support of rail transit that achieves mobility objectives while improving environmental, social and economic conditions.

Our services include:


Furthermore, our work on Mass Transit Systems includes the planning, design, and maintenance of modern bus systems that greatly improve urban mobility, while meeting 21st-century priorities such as energy efficiency and lower emissions. Our services cover every major component of a bus rapid transit system, including bus lanes and busways, stations, and maintenance facilities. We have worked on highly advanced bus rapid transit projects around the world—systems that combine the latest technology for efficient, low-impact vehicle operations with state-of-the-art busway, station, and signaling designs. Projects include U.S. systems such as the Franklin Corridor EmX system in Oregon (Eugene to Springfield), which is being expanded as part of a program to further enhance regional transit service, and the popular Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) and ACE Express bus systems in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our bus projects also include the South East Busway Extension in Brisbane, Australia—an expansion of an existing system that will help meet the transportation needs of growing local communities.

Bus rapid transit offers a distinctive combination of reliability and flexibility that makes it an effective solution to meet urban transit demands. Our broad technical and project management expertise—backed by an extensive experience in the development of transportation systems worldwide—makes us an effective partner in the planning and development of advanced bus systems.

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