How to identify Transportation infrastructure projects in North America

Identifying transportation infrastructure projects in North America involves a combination of research methods, data sources, and sometimes even networking.  There are two approaches, one is Citylitics and our Intelligence Feeds platform or here’s a step-by-step guide to help you pinpoint such projects:

1. Government Websites and Databases:

  • Federal Level: In the U.S., consult the Department of Transportation’s website, which regularly updates and announces major federal infrastructure projects. Similarly, in Canada, visit Transport Canada’s website.
  • State/Provincial Level: State DOTs (Department of Transportation) or provincial equivalents often list ongoing and planned projects. Examples include Caltrans in California or the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario.
  • Local/Municipal Level: City or county websites will often provide details on local roadwork, transit expansions, bridge repairs, and other smaller-scale projects.

2. Infrastructure Planning and Capital Improvement Plans:

  • Local and state/provincial governments typically release multi-year infrastructure or capital improvement plans that outline major projects they intend to undertake.

3. Industry Publications and News Websites:

4. Industry Conferences and Trade Shows:

5. Networking:

6. Project Mapping Tools and Databases:

  • Some commercial services provide detailed databases and maps of infrastructure projects, including transportation ones. These tools may require a subscription or purchase.

7. Engage with Consulting Firms:

  • Large engineering and planning consulting firms often work on major infrastructure projects. Browsing their websites, press releases, or project portfolios can provide insights into ongoing or upcoming projects.

8. Public Meetings and Community Engagements:

  • Local governments often hold public meetings when planning significant infrastructure projects, especially if they impact local communities. Attend these meetings or check their minutes.

9. Stakeholder and Environmental Impact Reports:

  • For major projects, especially those requiring environmental clearance, stakeholder consultations and environmental impact assessments are usually undertaken. These documents are often public and can provide detailed information on the project’s scope, timeline, and features.

10 Transit Agencies:

  • Transit agencies, whether they manage buses, trams, subways, or regional rail, often have information on expansions, station upgrades, and other infrastructure projects. Examples include the MTA in New York or TransLink in Vancouver.

Using these methods in a systematic manner will allow you to identify, monitor, and track transportation infrastructure projects across North America or check out a Transportation Intelligence Feed demo

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