WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff (Formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff International Inc.)

Head office: WSP Global Inc, 1600 Rene Levesque Boulevard, West Montreal Quebec H3H 1P9 Canada Tel: +1-514-340-0046 | Israel office: 1 Hagolan St., Beit Bareket, 1 Airport City Tel: 972-3-7660800

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff provides technical expertise and strategic advice in the propertly and buildings, transportaion and infrastruction sectors.

During 2004-2009, Parsons Brinckerhoff was contracted by the Israeli ministries of Finance and Transportation to provide rail financial management oversight over the $8 Billion development plan of Israel Railways. The company also provided specific technical advisory for the fast A1 train line project from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, including on issues such as the electrification of the line, comparison of different route options, tunneling and grades. The route approved by the company crosses the Green Line in two areas into occupied Palestinian land, and thus it makes use of occupied land and resources for an exclusively Israeli transportation project, contrary to International law.

In October 2014, Parsons Brinckerhoff was sold to WSP Global Inc for $1.35 billion and thus became a fully owned subsidiary of WSP Global.

Nowadays, WSP | PB’s Israeli team is responsible for monitoring of Israel Railways’ Five-Year Development Plan and for the electrification of Israel Railways’ system (Including the Jerusalem-Tel-Aviv line known as the A1 project). According to Israel Railways’, The Israel Railways Development Plan is aimed, among other things, “to bring the periphery closer to center”. One of the projects in the plan is the Jerusalem High Speed Link described as a “national mega-project” that will connect Jerusalem to Tel-Aviv. The A1 project crosses the Green Line into occupied Palestinian land. The High-Speed Link is expected to be completed in 2018.

In addition, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Israel’s team is responsible for the planning and the design of the Jerusalem light rail. The Jerusalem Light rail, also known as “the trum”, connects between Mount Herzl, located in the west of Jerusalem and Pisgat Zeev, a settlement neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. According to the Elecetronic Intifada, the construction of Israel’s light rail line has reduced Shuafat neighborhood’s main road to one lane on either sides of the light rail track.