Rail and Transit

Rail and transit systems play a leading role in the future of modern transportation. They offer sustainable solutions that reduce carbon emissions, create greater mobility with increased energy efficiency and provide long-term economic benefits.


Is Public Transit the Mobility Solution for Cities?

Public transit is not simply a transportation mode, it is a community-building tool. Public transit influences investment decisions and fosters economic development and revitalization.

According to a UN report, 54% of the world’s population live in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 2050. This means that cities all over the world need to reconsider their public transport services in order to meet future demand.

WSP has led the rail and transit sector since its first project: the design of the New York City subway system, in the 1880s. Our expertise is built on years of experience in public transport infrastructure in virtually all continents.

Our experts help transportation agencies plan, design and manage all forms of mass transit—heavy and light rail, streetcars and people movers, and bus rapid transit. We take pride in our ability to offer flexible solutions to suit the individual requirements and fulfill the visions of our valued clients. We deliver advanced and sustainable outcomes to make transportation smarter and more affordable for our clients and their communities.

As rail and transit systems are being built, modernized and expanded, technological advancements are being developed to make them safer, faster and more reliable. WSP is at the forefront of applying and integrating these technologies to new and existing networks. We ensure our work is done efficiently, with minimal disruption to existing services and value to our clients.

Locally Dedicated with International Scale

With over 130 years of experience, WSP contributed to the creation of the first subways in America, South Asia, Australia and Africa.

Future-focused and Driven by Sustainability

WSP works with policy makers, fleet operators, and various levels of government to support adoption of zero-emission vehicles and public transit bus fleets.

World-class Rail and Transit Solutions

WSP combines design and construction-phase services with advisory, land use planning, and program management to provide clients with a holistic approach.