Transit Support Grant

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

Available funding

The Legislature provided $188,900,000 in state funds during the 2023 session to support this program.

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 all modes provided by the agency, including paratransit, for people 18 and under by Oct. 1, 2022. Agencies that adopt and implemented a zero-fare policy after Oct. 1, 2022 will not receive 2023-2025 funds and will be eligible for funds beginning in the 2025-2027 biennium.
  • Maintain or increase their local sales tax authority on or after Jan. 1, 2022, and may not delay or suspend the collection of voter-approved sales taxes approved on or before Jan. 1, 2022.
  • Certify annually that the agency has maintained its local sales tax authority for transit at or above Jan. 1, 2022 levels.
  • To the extent practicable, align implementation of youth zero-fare policies with equity and environmental justice principles consistent with recommendations from the environmental justice council, and ensure low-barrier accessibility of the program to all youth.

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

Frequently asked questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions (PDF 385KB) about the Transit Support grant program.


The 2023-2025 Transit Support grants table below shows 30 projects awarded $188.9 million.



Asotin County PTBA


Ben Franklin Transit


Central Transit


Clallam Transit System


Columbia County Public Transportation


Community Transit




Everett Transit


Garfield County Transportation Authority


Grant Transit Authority


Grays Harbor Transportation Authority


Intercity Transit


Island Transit


Jefferson Transit Authority


King County Metro Transit


Kitsap Transit


Link Transit


Mason County PTBA


Pacific Transit System


Pierce Transit


Pullman Transit


RiverCities Transit


Skagit Transit


Spokane Transit Authority




Twin Transit


Union Gap Transit


Valley Transit


Whatcom Transportation Authority


Yakima Transit


Sign up for grant updates

To stay informed about WSDOT public transportation grants, you can register in GovDelivery

Enjoy paid time off. 

Our employees earn paid vacation and sick leave every month, as well as 12 paid holidays per year.

Work in a modern environment.

We offer telework options, an infant at work program, flexible work schedules and more.

Continue your learning journey.

Get tuition reimbursement for coursework or trainings related to your job or career ladder.