First Mile/Last Mile Connections grants

This program supports projects that help people connect with fixed-route public transportation services, including buses, ferries, rail, water taxis, tribal transit and rideshares.

We partner with the Transportation Demand Management Technical Committee to administer the First Mile/Last Mile Connections Grant.

Projects funded by the program use numerous strategies to improve first- and last-mile connections for people to access public transportation, including:

  • Coordination of shuttles, ride-hailing, vanpool, vanshare, carpool, bike-share, paratransit, and demand-response options with public transportation services
  • Bicycle lockers
  • Pavement striping
  • Transit-pass subsidies and incentives
  • Marketing and public education
  • Parking management

Awards

The 2019-2023 First Mile/Last Mile Connections grants table below shows three projects awarded $1 million.

Applicant

Project Title

Award

City of Bellevue

CrossConnect: testing a demand-responsive first and last mile to microtransit service for underserved neighborhood

$394,000

City of Tacoma

Tacoma's Trail to Transit Connector

$111,000

Yakama Nation

Enhancing Pedestrian Facilities Connecting to Tribal Transit

$495,000

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