Transit Coordination

This grant supports projects that increase transit ridership and improve transit riders' travel experience through collaboration among agencies in the central Puget Sound region.

This state-funded grant program provides financial assistance for coordinated transit-related projects. The program encourages joint planning and coordination by the transit systems to improve the user experience and increase ridership.

Grant award amounts

We have approximately $1 million available to fund grant projects for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Awarded applicants must spend grant funds by June 30, 2023.

Eligible applicants

Transit agencies located in a county or counties with a population of 700,000 or more that border Puget Sound (i.e., King County Metro, Everett Transit, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, and the City of Seattle).

At least two eligible transit agencies must jointly propose an application. Applications must clearly define the roles and responsibilities of each partnering agency.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Integrating marketing efforts.
  • Aligning fare structures.
  • Integrating service planning.
  • Coordinating long-range planning, including capital projects planning and implementation.
  • Integrating other administrative functions and internal business processes, as appropriate.
  • Integrating certain customer-focused tools and initiatives.

Match requirements

Applicants must provide matching funds as direct contributions at least 10 percent of their total project cost. Direct contributions are cash or other assets that directly benefit the project and are fundamental to implementing the project.

Applicants may use any funding source other than competitive state public transportation grants as match.

Evaluation criteria

An independent review panel evaluates applications based on the following criteria:

Evaluation criteria

Max points

Impact on service

20

Impact on customer service

15

Impact on administration/efficiencies

15

Joint planning/coordination

15

Readiness to proceed

15

Transferability

10

Innovation

10

Total points possible

100

WSDOT will prioritize eligible projects that propose to promote the formation of joint partnerships between transit agencies or merge service delivery across agencies over applications that propose traditional project types. 

Important dates

  • May 18, 2022: WSDOT posts notice of funding opportunity.
  • May 18, 2022: Grant applications available in the Grants Management System.
  • May-June 2022: WSDOT staff available for questions and technical assistance.
  • 3 p.m. PDT, June 9, 2022: Grant applications due in the Grants Management System . Applicants must submit one application per project. Applicants may submit more than one application.
  • June 10-15, 2022: Independent evaluation panel reviews and scores applications.
  • June 24, 2022: WSDOT sends grant award letters to grantees.
  • July 1, 2022: 2022-2023 fiscal year begins.
  • June 30, 2023: 2022-2023 fiscal year ends. Awarded applicants must spend grant funds by this date.

Awards

The Transit Coordination Grant table below shows two projects awarded $1 million from the 2022 supplemental budget.

Lead organization

Partner organizations

Project description

Project area

Award

Community Transit Everett Transit Merge service delivery across entities Snohomish $500,000
King County Metro City of Seattle, Community Transit, Everett Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit Integrate marketing efforts

King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish

$500,000

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