Well-planned and efficient transportation networks are the foundation of economic prosperity. They have far-reaching effects on society and the natural environment, and they can be the catalyst for transformation of communities.


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Through smart planning and collaboration, we work with our clients to make the right choices for their needs, finding effective and sustainable strategies that also improve quality of life.

Whether the project's objective is to create a prosperous downtown area through transit-oriented development (TOD), develop a waterfront, revitalize a neighborhood or plan for regional growth, our transportation planning team can help build landmark projects.

Clients need to create environments that meet the needs of all stakeholders, and we work hard to find effective and sustainable strategies from the earliest stages of development.

WSP has extensive experience in all aspects of urban and regional transportation planning, growth management and the creation and maintenance of civic infrastructure.

We’ve developed master plans, studies and analyses for complex infrastructure programs as well as smaller community-oriented projects, and we can unlock the development potential of land previously considered of low value. Our planning services are based on rigorous procedures for studying and assessing problems of any size and scope, enabling planning for all transportation modes.

Experts in Transportation Management

We act as strategic advisers and expert witnesses, with specialization at all stages of project delivery, from pre-acquisition studies to completion. Our clients draw upon our transportation modeling and planning capabilities to support local authorities and to create sustainable transportation investment plans.

Our clients range from state, regional and local governments to transportation agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations and private developers.

At WSP, we’re proud of our pioneering work, which includes applying movement frameworks and street design concepts to master plans, research in transport policy and our intelligent transport system designs.

With stakeholder involvement at the heart of the process, we shape strategies that improve mobility and access to transportation systems, while creating vibrant, livable communities.

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Hudson Yards, New York City

Policy and Research

WSP’s transportation and land-use planning services provide integrated solutions for clients seeking to develop long-term growth policies and strategies. We provide expert analysis of land-use implications and strategic accessibility, as well as advising on planning and policy development, data management, and passenger and goods movement strategies. Our policy experts and research teams are skilled at gathering and exploring national, social and economic data sets to extract what is most meaningful, providing clients with a platform to inform policy planning and decision-making.

Designing for Safety

Ensuring user safety is a critical aspect of developing any transportation system, anywhere in the world. We fully support highway authorities and transit system operators in meeting this challenge by drawing upon best practices, incident investigation and prevention, safety review and audits of vulnerable and non-motorized users. Our entire approach to safety begins with our planning teams and is carried throughout the life cycle of our projects. WSP is also a global leader in Vision Zero, an initiative that aims to end pedestrian deaths and injuries.

Spatial Analysis

WSP helps clients create accessibility plans tailored to specific areas and to meet particular challenges. Through analysis and consultation, we establish SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound) targets and develop GIS applications to support and monitor progress. Our action plans result in improved designs, accessibility, public transport and travel information. The need to travel and the cost are both reduced, playing an important role in regeneration schemes.

Transportation Modeling & Forecasting

We use the latest transportation modeling software and GIS interfaces to construct comprehensive integrated transportation models at local, regional and national levels, displaying them in a single user-friendly environment. We also have the expertise to carry out individual and area-wide intersection assessments using microsimulation techniques, and to develop complex network models to support regional clients. We model all modes of transportation—pedestrians, vehicles, transit, freight—in order to optimize operational and design solutions.

Financial and Economic Appraisal

WSP helps clients assess the value of proposed transport schemes in either financial or economic terms. Our analysts are highly experienced in applying a broad range of recognized appraisal tools and frameworks, and fully understand the benefits and costs associated with transportation infrastructure implementation in diverse geographic and economic contexts. We understand that transportation must not only increase user convenience and throughput, but have a positive environmental and economic impact, and improve accessibility and integration.

Public Transit Planning

WSP has proven experience in planning for all public transit modes, including bus,  bus rapid transit and light and heavy rail.

From developing innovative technology to documented business cases, our public transportation planning teams are leaders in the market. Our services include strategic policy advice, demand forecasting, service planning and coordination, operational and business-case analysis, network connectivity, interchange design, route selection, network optimization and travel planning.

Planning for Goods Movement

WSP has experts in analyzing the needs and requirements to facilitate efficient goods movements at a national, regional or urban scale. This includes examining how best to use policies, technologies and infrastructure to improve goods movements from around the corner to across the world. We also have specialties in designing efficient logistics provision for a variety of land-use types and business applications.

Parking Planning

Urban centers around the world face increasing parking challenges. Demographic trends and technologies are leading to a new conception of parking requirements and strategies. WSP’s experts develop solutions responsive to these trends, technologies and local requirements, encouraging sound policy leading to efficient and user-friendly designs in support of all types and sizes of projects.

Development Planning

WSP works closely with architects, master planners and prominent developers in the planning, design and upgrade of transportation infrastructure. Our expertise in traffic engineering provides for the constructive contribution to development planning, for example through the identification and deployment of the optimum development mix and the development of phasing plans.

WSP’s list of development and planning services also includes: 

  • Transportation modeling & forecasting
  • Alternatives analysis
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Environmental impact analysis, monitoring and permitting
  • Feasibility studies
  • Financial analysis
  • Land-use planning and policy
  • Master planning
  • P3 advisory services
  • Placemaking
  • Program delivery
  • Public participation
  • Resilience planning
  • Strategic consulting
  • Transit-oriented development
  • Travel demand forecasting and management
  • Urban design