Transportation overview

Helping transportation clients move forward.

Our clients move people, goods, and freight over land, through the air, across the sea, underground, and even through mountains, and we help them achieve it.

Clients rely on Jacobs to be strategic and practical; to help them save money while being innovative; and to be environmentally sensitive and understanding of community concerns when delivering crucial infrastructure projects.

Our approach of establishing long-term relationships with our clients drives our ability to help them reach their goals, across all 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.



Lifting clients to new heights.

Jacobs' aviation teams help clients and their customers prepare for a smooth take-off and landing at international, regional, and municipal airports around the globe.

Starting with aviation planning, site development, and asset management to architecture and engineering design through to construction support, commissioning and long-term facilities management, we are able to help our clients connect all of the critical aspects of their facility to provide an excellent experience for their traveling customers.

In the U.S., Jacobs has worked in more than 80 commercial airports and in the past 15 years we have successfully delivered 12 major aviation programs totaling more than $15 billion.

Learn more about how we helped Minneapolis-St. Paul International offer passengers a new place to escape in the March/April 2016 issue of Airport Improvement Magazine.

Aviation infrastructure:

  • Runways
  • Taxiways
  • Aprons
  • Roadways
  • Drainage
  • Power & utilities
  • Environmental compliance
  • Permitting

Aviation Facilities:

  • Terminals
  • Air traffic control towers
  • Cargo facilities
  • Aircraft hangars
  • Aviation maintenance facilities
  • Flight operations facilities
  • Fixed-base operations
  • Car rental facilities
  • Baggage handling systems
  • Parking facilities 
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, DFW Airport Terminal A Phase I, DFW Airport, TX, USA
Federal Aviation Administration, Sky Harbor Airport Traffic Control Tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control, Phoenix, AZ, USA
San Jose International Airport, Level 3 Lounge Club, San Jose, CA, USA
Los Angeles World Airports, LAX, Los Angeles, CA, USA Credit: Jay Berkowitz/LAWA
Heathrow Airport Limited, Energy Infrastructure Project, London, England, United Kingdom
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, DFW Airport Terminal A Phase I, Fort Worth, TX, USA
City of Atlanta Dept. of Aviation Maynard H Jackson International Terminal Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA, USA
Santa Fe Jet Center, Scottsdale Air Center, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Hartsfield Atlanta Airport, Car Rental Center (CONRAC), Atlanta, GA, USA

Bridges & tunnels

Making connections overhead and underground.

Serving clients over water, overhead, or underground, Jacobs' bridge and tunnel capabilities extend from concept to maintenance, offering cradle to grave services. Jacobs is heavily involved in network and maintenance management so that our advice has the benefit of a whole-life understanding of transport schemes, adding value during the development and design stages.

As our clients retrofit their existing assets or expand their need for new systems, safety remains a key issue for our bridge and tunnel clients and is at the forefront of what we deliver. For example with tunnels, Jacobs is a leader in designing fully transverse ventilation systems employing supply and exhaust ducts, centrifugal fans, carbon monoxide analyzers, and ventilation controls for independent operations.

Montana Department of Transportation, Two Medicine River Bridge, Glacier County, MT, USA
Walsh Vinci Construction (WVC), Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing, Prospect, KY, USA
NJDOT, New Jersey Route 36 Highlands Bridge, Monmouth County, NJ, USA
Caltrans, Benicia-Martinez Bridge, Martinez and Benicia, CA, USA
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Gold Line - Eastside Extension LRT Design-Build, Los Angeles, CA, USA
PRKil Wroclaw SA, Design and Build Improvement of Exising Line, Construction of New Link, Poland
San Diego County Water Authority, Lake Hodges Tunnel Inspection, San Diego County, CA, USA
MTA Capital Construction, East Side Access Design-Build, New York City, NY, USA

A bridge is one of the most significant statements a community can make, both physically and symbolically. Covering all bridge types including suspension, cable-stayed, arch, truss, girder, segmental, and movable bridges, many Jacobs projects have received public and peer recognition for innovative design and engineering.

Our public and private clients rely on us for planning and design services for all of their projects ranging from vertical lift, bascule, and swing span bridges, to complex interchanges and viaducts in major urban centers.

Read more about Jacobs' approach to bridge design in the concrete bridge magazine, ASPIRE, summer 2015 issue about "Engineering Relationships."

Jacobs brings extensive design and construction experience in all types of tunnels – for highways, railroads, and water and wastewater systems – including immersed tube, cut-and-cover, blasted, machine-bored, and shield-driven – from hard rock to soft soil conditions.

Our depth of knowledge covers the full range of tunnel techniques from small-diameter non-man entry tunnels, through hand excavated tunnels, to large mechanized excavations using in-situ or segmental lining systems and NATM techniques. Also our inspection, assessment, repair, and upgrading services can help reduce maintenance costs and extend the life of an existing tunnel.

Jacobs offers specialized solutions including state-of-the-art tunnel lighting systems to cut energy costs and improve driving conditions; as well as safety and security services for early warning systems for fire and smoke detection, chemical or hazardous materials, emergency communications devices, as well as blast-proof structures and facilities.


Highways & roads

Being smart about road design and construction.

Roads & Highways

Specialized services:

  • Whole project life cycle road infrastructure projects
  • Transport planning and modelling
  • Intelligent mobility
  • Smart motorways
  • Connected vehicles
  • Planning and design
  • Construction management
  • Verification
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Asset management
  • Environmental solutions
  • Rural and urban highways
  • Greenfield and brownfield assets

As the world’s population grows and businesses continue to develop, Jacobs' transportation clients require smarter planning options, adaptable delivery methods, non-traditional financing solutions, and lower construction costs to deal with their booming infrastructure needs.

In addition, the era of Connected Vehicles is rapidly approaching, utilizing wireless technology to allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with surrounding elements of the transportation infrastructure. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are needed support this changing technological landscape.

Jacobs is able to meet those needs by engaging its global network of highway and traffic experts to provide our clients with thoughtful and innovative solutions that meet demanding implementation schedules, manage risk, control costs, and simplify operations in ways that were not possible just a few years ago.

Jacobs' experience includes major interchanges, intersection improvements, milling and resurfacing projects, ITS solutions, and toll roads. We offer some of the best design and construction experience available, including teams that have pioneered the HOV/HOT/TOT concept. Jacobs is also recognized for its involvement with public/private partnerships financing options; its capabilities in design-build; and its traffic, environmental, connected vehicle and construction inspection services.

Learn more about what we are doing with smart motorway technology in the UK on the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) website in the article: What are smart motorways and how do they work?

TxDOT Dallas District, US 75 (North Central Expressway) Section M, Dallas, TX, USA
Jaiprakash Associates Ltd., 6/8 Lane Yamuna Expressway, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Colorado Department of Transportation, T-REX Project, Denver, CO, USA
National Roads Authority, Ireland, N8/N25 Dunkettle Interchange Improvement Scheme, County Cork, Ireland
Nevada Department of Transportation Nevada Department of Transportation - I-15 South Design Build, Silverado to Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Highways Agency, M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme, Midlands Region, United Kingdom
PennDOT, Pineville and Red Hill Road Bridge Replacements, Bucks County, PA, USA
Highways Agency, A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement project, Cambridgeshire, England, UK; Credit: Highways Agency

Ports & marine

Getting goods and materials from our shores inland.

As globalization and business reach continue to grow, shipping, ports, and multimodal delivery access demands increase. And maritime projects succeed better with a successful balance between natural and economic forces. So Jacobs responds to its clients’ needs with a team of skilled consultants with backgrounds in: ports & harbors design; coastal, river and hydraulic engineering; architecture; environmental engineering & research; procurement; and business management.

Jacobs covers all aspects of port, coastal and waterfront development – including waterside, backland, and supporting infrastructure work for projects in more than 60 countries.

We want our projects to integrate smoothly with existing port operations and the communities in which they are built – where it is increasingly desirable to connect ports and waterfronts with town planning for commercial and tourist use.

Ports and marine

Specialized services:

  • Port planning
  • Port capital projects & maintenance/repair
  • Ro-Ro terminals
  • Container terminals & container backland projects
  • Product & material offload/handling
  • Heavy rail & intermodal integration
  • Linkspans & boarding structures
  • Terminal buildings & passenger facilities
  • Jetties & quays
  • Drydocks & dock gates
  • Breakwaters & seawall protection
  • Coastal defense schemes

Rail & transit

Designing transit systems for a modern world.

Helping our rail clients move their freight and people in the most efficient and cost effective manner is a key to our long-term success. Whether it is bus, or rapid, light, commuter, or heavy rail, Jacobs can meet any transit system’s needs.

Our project delivery approach provides a single source of responsibility, early cost determination, environmental analysis, permitting assistance, public engagement activities, and rapid completion with reduced administrative burdens.

Among our specialized services, Jacobs offers design for signals, communication systems, mechanical and electrification systems; and ballasted, direct fixation, and embedded trackwork including special trackwork.

Jacobs has dedicated staff experienced in transportation planning and front-end services including: transport modelling, economic appraisal, business case development, transport strategy, as well as GIS capabilities.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Rail Station at Terminal A, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX, USA
Colorado Department of Transportation, T-REX Project, Denver, CO, USA
Rail London, Network Rail / Blackfriars Station, England, UK
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Regional Transportation District, FasTracks Program Support Consultant, Denver, CO, USA
Exposition Construction Authority, Exposition Light Rail Transit Phase 1 Design-Build, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Chicago Transit Authority, Purple Line Viaducts (ACEC National Honor Award, 2013), Chicago, IL, USA

Project types

  • Multimodal facilities
  • Automated guideways
  • Paratransit systems
  • Bus facilities & depots
  • Shops, yards, and terminals
  • Aerial, at-grade, and underground stations
  • Elevated structures, tunnels, and line structures
  • Service facilities