Grant programs and awards
This is where you can learn about grant programs and awards that help public transportation providers across the state deliver projects that address access, efficiency and the environment.
We play a key role in the state and federal grant programs that provide more than $250 million per biennium to support community-based public transportation. Funds are provided to public agencies and to nonprofit and for-profit transportation service providers. Grant-funded projects include:
- Services (e.g., transit; paratransit; transportation for the elderly, people with disabilities, and rural communities; commute trip reduction, transit pass programs)
- Equipment (e.g., new buses, rideshare vehicles)
- Infrastructure (e.g., transit centers, park and ride lots, transit signal priority systems, transit lanes)
Public transportation grant recipients
The following types of organizations qualify for at least some of WSDOT's public transportation grants: cities, counties, nonprofit agencies, private operators, senior centers, special districts (such as schools and ports), state agencies, transit agencies, and tribes.
- Facilitates stakeholder and public engagement and grant policy development.
- Manages competitive project selection and formula allocations.
- Works with grantees to finalize project scope, budget, and grant agreements.
- Works with grantees to develop performance measurement plans and report performance.
- Monitors grantees for delivery and compliance with state and federal regulations through reporting, financial tracking and site visits.
- Assists with vehicle purchases and vehicle inventories.
- Provides training and technical assistance.
- Reports to the public, Washington State Legislature, and the Federal Transit Administration.
Draft 2020-2023 State Management Plan for Federal Transit Administration Program (PDF 343KB)
Title VI tools:
- The LEP Language Map App is maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice and can be used to identify limited English proficiency (LEP) populations by county. See page 6 of the instructions to use the tool.
- EJSCREEN is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency and can be used to identify various demographic variables, including race. Pair the “Report Widget” feature (see instructions page 31) and the Get 2014-2018 ACS report link (see instructions page 45) to create a report of the selected area with U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) data in PDF format.
- The Washington Tracking Network’s Information by Location tool is maintained by the Washington State Department of Health and can be used to identify persons with disabilities populations.
Sign up for grant updates
To stay informed about WSDOT public transportation grants, you can register for updates by selecting “Public Transportation Grants” under “Funding” in the GovDelivery menu.
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