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Public Transportation Grants

New Revenue Grant Programs
Consolidated Grants Program

Formula Grants Program
Regional Mobility Grants Program
Vanpool Investment Program

Frequently Asked Questions about WSDOT Grant Programs
Each year, grantees have questions about changes to regulations and policies of our grant programs. Accordingly, we are compiling the questions we receive into a master list. This document will frequently updated, so please check back as more questions are asked and answers are given.


Quick Clicks

  • The Consolidated Grant application and instructions are now available. WSDOT will accept applications for the 2017-2019 biennium until  Friday, Oct. 14.
  • Connecting Washington - New Revenue for Public Transportation Grants
    WSDOT is awarding $30 million in public transportation grants through Connecting Washington, the new revenue transportation package.

WSDOT's public transportation grants help provide access, mobility, independence and improved options to Washington residents. Made possible by the Consolidated , Formula  and Regional Mobility  grant programs, these grants provide transit services within and between cities, create transit-oriented infrastructure, purchase new buses and other equipment, provide public transportation service for the elderly and people with disabilities, and improve public transportation in and between rural communities.


Who receives public transportation grants?

Many types of organizations may qualify for WSDOT's public transportation grants including:

  • Transit systems
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Tribal governments
  • Port authorities
  • Senior centers
  • State agencies
  • Cities and counties
  • Special districts, such as schools and ports
  • Private operators

What types of grants are awarded?

Funding for the Consolidated Grants Program  improves public transportation within and between rural communities, provides transportation services between cities, purchases new buses and other equipment, and provides public transportation service for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Funding for the Formula Grants Program  improves public transportation for Washington residents, with particular emphasis on persons with disabilities, seniors, children and people in rural areas.

Funding for the Regional Mobility Grants Program  improves transit mobility, creates transit-oriented infrastructure and reduces congestion on our most heavily traveled roadways.

As its name would suggest, funding for the Vanpool Investment Program allows transit agencies to expand and/or replace their fleets of public vanpool vehicles.

What is WSDOT's role in managing the grants?

WSDOT's grants staff are responsible for:

  • Managing both state and federal public transportation grants including project selection and funding distribution.
  • Working with each grantee to finalize project scope, budget and grant agreements.
  • Monitoring grantees for performance and compliance with state and federal regulations through reporting, financial tracking and site visits.
  • Assisting in vehicle purchases and maintaining vehicle inventories.
  • Providing training and technical assistance to grant recipients in the form of transportation planning, contract management and marketing.
  • Reporting to the Washington State Legislature and the Federal Transit Administration on performance of state and federally funded projects.

When can public transportation providers apply for grants?

WSDOT is now accepting applications for the Regional Mobility and Consolidated grant programs for the 2017-2019 funding cycle. The application deadlines are Thursday, Sept. 29, and Friday, Oct. 14, respectively.

Timelines for all funding awards (state and federal) align with the state biennium. This allows applicants to submit their proposals for all types of grant funding just once every two years, rather than apply separately for each type of grant program.