Move Ahead Washington public transportation grant programs

Find information on Move Ahead Washington, the new state transportation funding package that provides $3 billion for public transportation over the next 16 years. Move Ahead Washington funding will add support to existing programs and lead to the development of new programs.

In addition to Move Ahead Washington, the Legislature appropriated additional funding for existing public transportation grants for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

The table below is a snapshot of grant programs with additional funding from the 2021-2023 supplemental budget. We’ll update this table regularly as more information becomes available and as we develop processes to distribute supplemental funding.

Grant program Description Eligible entities Funding
Special Needs Grant Program funding for nonprofits Distribute new 21-23 supplemental budget funding for nonprofit providers based on need. Nonprofit providers of special needs transportation $3,248,000
Special Needs Grant Program funding for transit agencies Distribute new 21-23 supplemental budget funding for transit agencies based on formula. Transit agencies* $10,872,000
Transit Support Grant Program Establish certification and reporting for 18-and-under fare-free programs and distribute new funding based on formula. Transit agencies* $33,606,000
Green Transportation Capital Grant Program funding Distribute new 21-23 supplemental budget funding. Transit agencies* $4,710,000
Transit Coordination Grant Program Develop new grant program and award grants for the formation of joint partnerships between transit agencies. Transit agencies in the central Puget Sound region† $1,000,000

*City transit systems under RCW 35.58.2721 or chapter 35.95A RCW, county public transportation authorities under chapter 36.57 RCW, metropolitan municipal corporation transit systems under chapter 36.56 RCW, public transportation benefit areas under chapter 36.57A RCW, unincorporated transportation benefit areas under RCW 36.57.100, or any special purpose districts formed to operate a public transportation system.
†Transit agencies located in a county or counties with a population of 700,000 or more that border Puget Sound.

We also anticipate two new grant programs for the 2023-2025 biennium. The programs are in the table below.

Grant Program Description Eligible entities Funding
State Buses and Bus Facilities Grant Program Develop new grant program and award grants for buses and bus facilities. Transit agencies* To be determined
Tribal Transit Mobility Grant Program Develop new grant program and award grants. Tribal nations in Washington To be determined

* City transit systems under RCW 35.58.2721 or chapter 35.95A RCW, county public transportation authorities under chapter 36.57 RCW, metropolitan municipal corporation transit systems under chapter 36.56 RCW, public transportation benefit areas under chapter 36.57A RCW, unincorporated transportation benefit areas under RCW 36.57.100, or any special purpose districts formed to operate a public transportation system.

Zero emission electric vehicle registrations in Washington

increased 192% between 2017 and 2021.

45 projects to improve freight rail structures and freight movement

were underway as of December 31, 2021.

Washington state leveraged $100,000 to secure $27 million

in funding for airport investments in Fiscal Year 2022.