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BART, San Francisco, CA

Rail Transit Systems

Optimize. Innovate. Deliver.

Whether it’s conducting rail transit feasibility studies, implementing a new rail line, or expanding an existing system, Parsons provides engineering and project management services for the planning, design, integration, and construction of all elements of mass transit, including mainline railways, freight rail, commuter rail, high-speed rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail / urban transit.

Since 1944, Parsons has set the standard for safe, effective, and reliable rail and transit systems around the globe. We have worked on every major transit system in North America and many of the most renowned systems overseas. We’re proud of the long-term relationships we’ve developed with our customers and the support we’ve provided in helping them achieve their strategic visions. 

We offer our customers a wide range of services, including:

  • Planning, design, program, and construction management
  • Advanced train control systems / Communication-based train control (CBTC)
  • Positive Train Control
  • Transit communications and security
  • Rail control centers
  • Vehicle technology
  • Fare collection and electronic payment systems
  • Systems test and startup
  • Civil and structural facilities design
  • Tunnel ventilation and fire life safety systems
  • Integrated delivery of infrastructure and systems
Hiawatha Light Rail tracks running under an overpass

Hiawatha Light Rail - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Keeping pace with technology and urban growth

Exponential growth in urban centers, coupled with the increasing cost of developing transportation solutions, means that projects often cannot progress from planning to implementation fast enough. Through our market-leading experience and expertise in innovative project delivery solutions, Parsons helps customers navigate and fill the funding gaps through public-private partnerships, design-build-finance-operate-maintain, and construction management at-risk. These delivery solutions help to accelerate project schedules and often reduce long-term costs and provide turnkey solutions that can meet the needs of today by anticipating the needs of the future.

The growing demand for rail and transit system technologies, connectivity and improved mobility creates opportunities to improve operations, the passenger experience, and safety. Parsons is the recognized leader in communications-based train control (CBTC) in the United States. Utilizing Parsons’ systems integration approach, we leverage new and cutting-edge CBTC and positive train control (PTC) technology to deliver scalable solutions for improved safety, operations, and reliability—all while ensuring minimal impacts to existing systems.

Parsons impressive record of success in delivering innovative rail and transit solutions is illustrated by our impressive safety record, high number of repeat customers, award-winning projects, and wealth of expertise.