Whether by air, sea, underground or even through mountains, we help our clients move people, goods and freight. Our solutions help plan, develop, finance, design, construct, maintain and operate smart transportation infrastructure that connects people and communities around the world.
We’re strategic, yet practical, helping clients save money while being innovative and environmentally sensitive, and considering community concerns when delivering crucial infrastructure projects across transport modes.
Jacobs brings value through cost-effective solutions and services ranging from transportation planning, design, engineering and construction management to land development, environmental permitting and support with innovative financing measures and public-private partnerships.
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Airports are the gateway to the fastest mode of commercial transport, helping to carry people and packages to almost anywhere in the world and fueling trillions of dollars in economic activity annually. With traffic growth forecast to outstrip airport capacity, maintaining a regional and global competitive advantage with modern airside and landside facilities is a must.
Supporting your growth without letting a passenger or shipment miss a beat is what we do best. Our top-flight, top-ranked (according to Engineering News-Record) aviation team has nearly seven decades of experience at commercial service, general aviation and military and aerospace facilities, delivering airport planning, architecture, engineering, program and construction management, consulting and specialty services such as Operational Readiness and Airport Transition (ORAT) worldwide.
We’ve held contracts on more than 500 airport projects, including the majority of the busiest airports in the U.S., 2 of the top 3 busiest airports in the U.K., 3 of the largest airports in India, most of the fastest growing airports in the Middle East and the largest greenfield airport development project in Latin America.
We can help you navigate the challenges that come with upgrading aging infrastructure, expanding capacity and improving public transport connectivity—all through the lens of sustainable airport development.
As our infrastructure ages and the world population increases, Jacobs’ worldwide staff of professionals use new technology and expertise to develop innovative solutions to address future transportation demand. Coupled with today’s challenge to fund projects, our people are engaged with a variety of creative financial methods to implement these innovative solutions. Connected vehicles will play a major role in the development and design of future highway systems. Jacobs’ highway engineers are currently working on projects that will advance the wireless technology allowing vehicles to communicate with each other.
Jacobs provides unmatched expertise in highway engineering and design, environmental documentation, program and construction management and highway safety – and we’re your neighbors, people who understand your stakeholder requirements and local challenges. That’s how we combine the right technical, regulatory, business and safety expertise to offer the right solution that fits your community’s needs.
Often seen as modern engineering marvels, bridges link communities and commerce, with their success ultimately hinging on how safely, quickly and economically they can be designed and constructed.
Jacobs is a globally-recognized leader in the development of innovation bridge solutions delivered safely, efficiently and sustainably, ranked No. 2 by Engineering News-Record.
We offer a full spectrum of services to a diverse range of clients, taking bridge solutions from initial concept through development, regulatory approvals, construction and commissioning to start-up and ongoing operational and maintenance support. We’ve worked on some of the longest cable-supported structures in the world, on the owner and construction side of the equation, serving as lead designer, technical advisor, independent design-checker and public-private partnership (P3) advisor. We also have extensive experience with multi-span viaducts, complex interchanges, moving bridges, arch, truss and other forms of bridges.
We’ve designed bridges spanning roads, railways and rivers, crossing valleys, estuaries and sea straits, connecting communities and creating opportunities for social change and economic development. Our bridge team has played lead roles planning, procuring, designing and delivering some of the world's most prestigious and technically demanding structures, not to mention beautiful.
Ports & maritime
Largely hidden engineering and logistics marvels that provide us with food, fuels and supplies, seaports are gateways for world freight circulation fundamental to daily existence.
Global maritime trade is expected to double in the coming decades, so port authorities and operators have a sizable challenge to tackle—modernizing operations and increasing capacity. With our ports legacy spanning back more than a century, Jacobs is the industry’s premier ports and maritime service provider. Our Ports & Maritime team provides our clients with value-added consulting, planning and engineering services for maritime infrastructure development. We have developed long-term, trusted relationships with clients around the globe for work in the containerized, bulk, general cargo, energy, offshore wind, and cruise/ferry industries, as well as for port authorities, governments and some of the world’s leading naval forces.
We have over 500 in-house port and maritime professionals around the world who have navigated some of the world’s largest and most complex programs, bringing in-depth understanding of the complex nature of maritime infrastructure.
Rail & transit
Public transportation systems, valued as some of the most equitable and sustainable modes of transportation, connect communities and help stimulate economic development. Expanding these complex systems and adding more advanced solutions, such as high-speed rail, to meet public demand can be an intricate, high-intensity ride.
Whether your journey includes keeping pace with capacity building and accelerating technology innovations, ensuring safety and security or maintaining transport networks, we’re on board to serve all aspects of high‐speed and conventional passenger rail, freight and logistics, mass/public transit and innovative bus solutions. We’re a globally recognized leader in the safe and efficient delivery of rail and transit solutions – from planning, design and development to delivery and management.
Our more than 1,000 rail and transit professionals worldwide with the right mix of engineering, regulatory and business expertise thrive on working with clients to design and manage their most challenging capital improvement projects, hone vehicle and facility assets and put technology and safety programs into practice that keep people on the move and enhance the rider experience. Our record of successfully providing safe, innovative, economic and sustainable solutions on major passenger and freight projects is enhanced by the expertise of our staff, many with extensive experience as employees of infrastructure managers, train operating companies, governments and operating agencies.
We blend this breadth of knowledge and depth of experience to deliver safe, efficient, constructible, operable and maintainable transportation solutions, including emerging practices such as green fleets.
Tunnel & ground engineering
Our Tunnel and Ground Engineering team provides critical support to many of our clients’ most challenging projects, across multiple markets and all geographic regions. Increasing urbanization and the value of surface land is driving more owners to consider the use of underground space as a viable solution to their challenges, or to consider construction on poor ground. However, tunnel and geotechnical works typically come with significant risks that need careful management if such projects are to be delivered within time and budget constraints.
Jacobs has a proven track record of identifying and managing such risks on some of the largest and most complex tunnel and ground engineering projects in world, making us an ideal partner for clients. With nearly 900 tunnel and ground engineers worldwide, we’re one of the largest global providers of such services. We work across a range of primary disciplines including tunnel engineering, geotechnical engineering, geosciences and engineering geology, trenchless engineering and tunnel fire and life safety engineering.
Helping our clients to move millions of people a day in a sustainable manner is a key part of our day-to-day work. Decisions made on transport infrastructure can influence the shape and success of our cities for generations, at a time of rapidly changing work and living patterns. We help our clients decide whether to invest in hard capital infrastructure, nudge people out of their cars on to more sustainable forms of transport on the drive toward decarbonization or devise new ways of using existing infrastructure more intensively—all while understanding the wider economic and political implications of such policies.
Our more than 1,000 transport planners worldwide offer a full range of services, from front-end feasibility studies and policy development to full-scale strategic modeling and scheme appraisal, to the detailed analysis of projects.
Explore our transportation product platform
The Aviation Suite comprises of a range of high-precision, high-criticality mission-focused software products. As market leaders in aeronautical data for missions and navigation, we specialize in solutions for mission planning, airdrop planning and navigation databases. Jacobs has deep subject matter expertise in the aeronautical domain and exceptional experience across military aviation markets.
GeoPod aims to ensure the highest quality data is produced at every stage of image capture through processing. To achieve our goals, including our mantra of making every pixel count, we leverage state-of-the-art components available from the commercial market, and leverage our expertise on calibration and integration for the airborne environment.
StreetLight InSight® is big data web platform that harnesses connected device and IoT data to measure vehicle, transit, bike, and foot traffic virtually anywhere. Use our self-serve software 24/7 to access traffic volumes, Origin-Destination, turning movement counts, and other transportation metrics — for any road, area or time period.
Track Record Facilities
Track Record Facilities is a web-based compliance management platform which enables our clients to deliver full compliance and condition assessment with evidence audit trails, all at lower cost and risk.
Spotlight: The Elizabeth Line – Unlocking Social and Economic Benefits Across the UK
Over two decades, we’ve supported Crossrail to deliver the Elizabeth line, a complex and significant transport solution in London, U.K., that paves the way for social, environmental and economic opportunities of national significance that will last generations. The program delivery also creates an immense learning legacy that will benefit future major infrastructure development and their communities globally.
Port of San Francisco Waterfront Resilience Program
Preserving and fortifying the 100-year-old Embarcadero Seawall for earthquake safety, flood protection, resilience and sea level rise adaptation
A465 Sections 5 and 6 Dualling: Implementing Innovative Infrastructure Delivery in Wales
The dualling of the A465 trunk road between Hirwaun and Dowlais Top is the first road scheme being delivered through the Welsh Government’s innovative Mutual Investment Model (MIM). The scheme will improve road safety, reliability and travel times and includes extensive provision for active travel along the route. It is critical to the economic and social regeneration of the Heads of the Valleys area. Jacobs was the Welsh Government’s technical and procurement advisor for the scheme.
Grand Central Madison: Transforming the United States’ busiest commuter railroad
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s largest capital project is set to transform the busiest commuter railroad in the U.S., easing congestion and dramatically reducing commute times for New York City rail users.
Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct
Creating a new, vibrant, sustainable and environmentally friendly outdoor space for Christchurch residents and visitors to enjoy in the heart of the city.
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