Transit Support Grant

These grants provide funding to support operating and capital expenses of transit agencies in Washington state.

Available funding

WSDOT has around $33.6 million in grant funding for the 2021-2023 biennium, as appropriated in the 2022 supplemental budget. This program is supported by state funding.

Match requirements

No match required.

Eligible applicants

Eligible transit agencies include:

  • 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.
  • Any special purpose districts formed to operate a public transportation system.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for transit support funds, transit agencies must:

  • Adopt and implement a zero-fare policy for people 18 and under by Oct. 1, 2022. Agencies that adopt and implement a zero-fare policy after Oct. 1, 2022 will not receive 2022 supplemental budget funds and will be eligible for funds beginning in the 2025-2027 biennium.
  • Certify annually that the agency has maintained its local sales tax authority for transit at or above Jan. 1, 2022 levels.

Additionally, no agency may receive more than 35 percent of the total grant funding available.

Awards

The 2021-2023 Transit Support grants table below shows 30 projects awarded nearly $33.6 million.

Organization

Award

Asotin County PTBA

$41,375

Ben Franklin Transit

$1,354,076

Central Transit

$40,757

Clallam Transit System

$345,306

Columbia County Public Transportation

$42,209

Community Transit

$4,295,324

C-Tran

$1,865,831

Everett Transit

$746,133

Garfield County Transportation Authority

$9,823

Grant Transit Authority

$150,242

Grays Harbor Transit

$316,970

Intercity Transit

$1,492,890

Island Transit

$364,079

Jefferson Transit

$180,663

King County Metro Transit

$11,762,100

Kitsap Transit

$1,747,273

Link Transit

$582,247

Mason Transit Authority

$234,746

Pacific Transit System

$59,905

Pierce Transit

$2,829,615

Pullman Transit

 $158,193

RiverCities Transit

$251,372

Skagit Transit

$477,404

Spokane Transit Authority

$2,507,439

TranGo

$73,421

Twin Transit

$130,501

Union Gap Transit

$29,266

Valley Transit

$181,004

Whatcom Transportation Authority

$1,067,380

Yakima Transit

$268,456

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