Tribal Transit Mobility
The purpose of the Tribal Transit Mobility Grant program is to provide for the transportation needs of tribal communities.
The Legislature created this program as part of the Move Ahead Washington transportation funding package. Tribal Transit Mobility Grant funding is identified under the spending summary at up to $10 million per biennium for the next 16 years.
Tribal transit funds
Tribal Transit Mobility Grant funds are part of the Consolidated Grant program. WSDOT is conducting a second call for projects for the 2023-2025 biennium.
WSDOT anticipates that approximately $4.6 million will be available for this application cycle.
WSDOT will submit a list of recommended projects for funding to the Legislature by September 1, 2023.
Federally recognized tribes.
Grants for federally recognized tribes may be for transit-related purposes.
New applicants may only propose two-year projects. Applicants that have already received WSDOT grant funding may propose two- or four-year projects. Examples of eligible project types include:
Projects that purchase assets such as vehicles, equipment, and bus shelters. Large construction projects and ferry vessel purchases are not eligible.
Projects such as feasibility studies, coordination, or other planning activities that address the needs of applicants and the communities they serve. Examples may include but are not limited to transit feasibility studies, service planning, capital asset assessment, and zero-emission fleet transition planning.
Operations and maintenance
Projects directly related to system operation such as operating assistance for public transportation services, operating assistance for paratransit/special needs transportation services, and feeder-bus service for the intercity network. Building and vehicle maintenance costs are eligible operating expenses. This may also include training related to new transportation technologies and other transportation-related opportunities.
Projects focused on information services that help providers and passengers coordinate and understand available options. Mobility management also includes short-range planning, management activities, or activities for improving coordination among public transportation providers and other transportation services.
Applicants must provide matching funds for each project. Required match is determined by project type.
- Ten percent of total project costs: Sustain current operations or mobility management projects previously funded by a Consolidated grant.
- Five percent of total projects costs: Capital projects, new operations, mobility management, or planning projects; and expanding operations or mobility management projects funded by a Consolidated grant.
WSDOT grants analysts will review submitted applications for completeness and eligibility before the applications are forwarded for evaluation.
WSDOT will convene a panel of subject-matter experts to evaluate and rank each application based on the extent that the proposed project:
- Establishes, preserves, or improves public transportation services.
- Addresses a recognized need within a community and reflects a community-led process of coordination and input.
- Defines specific performance measures the applicant will use to determine the project’s success.
- Leverages funds from other sources and documents local commitment to support and implement the project.
- Connects to other transportation systems and/or modes.
- Appears to be feasible as described.
- Describes sufficient applicant experience managing transportation projects and grant awards.
- Describes sufficient financial capability and resources by the applicant to implement and carry out the project either within two (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2025) or four (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2027) years, depending on the length and scope of the proposed project.
- Contributes to the state’s effort to maintain the number of public transportation vehicles within their minimum useful life.
June 15, 2023: WSDOT posts notice of funding opportunity.
July 1, 2023: 2023-2025 biennium begins.
July 5, 2023: Application available in the online Grants Management System (GMS)
10 a.m. July 11, 2023: Informational webinar for prospective applicants.
3 p.m. July 31, 2023: Applications due in GMS.
August 2023: Evaluation panel reviews and scores applications. WSDOT develops recommended funding list.
Sept. 1, 2023: WSDOT submits recommended funding list to Transportation Committee and Office of Financial Management.
September 2023: WSDOT notifies applicants of grant funding.
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The table below shows 15 new Tribal Transit Mobility projects funded for $4.2 million and awarded for the 2023-2025 biennium.
|Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation||Yakima||Extended weekend fare-free service||$108,227|
|Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation||Yakima||Purchase two ADA-equipped vehicles for rural services||$257,931|
|Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation||Benton, Franklin||Hermiston to Tri-Cities route study||$87,400|
|Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation||Walla Walla||Whistler expansion operations and maintenance||$406,238|
|Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation||Walla Walla||Whistler expansion bus purchase||$551,000|
|Cowlitz Indian Tribe||Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis||Transit program operations for the second fiscal year of the 2023-2025 biennium||$341,800|
|Cowlitz Indian Tribe||Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis||Electric ADA van purchase||$142,500|
|Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe||Clallam||Purchase and install bus shelters, bike lockers, and bike racks||$283,955|
|Lummi Indian Business Council||Whatcom||Replace two transit buses||$256,500|
|Makah Tribal Council||Clallam||Replace one cutaway bus||$171,000|
|Nisqually Indian Tribe||Thurston||Purchase three, 10-passenger, electric, ADA-accessible transit vans to provide rural mobility services||$242,250|
|Samish Nation||Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom||Elder's transportation project for demand-response service||$114,699|
|Samish Nation||Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom||Purchase of one, 12-passenger, ADA-accessible bus and one, 7-passenger, ADA-accessible van||$261,250|
|Snoqualmie Indian Tribe||King||Fund operating costs for Snoqualmie Valley Transit to serve Snoqualmie Tribal members and other members of the community||$539,446|
|Spokane Tribe of Indians||Stevens||Moccasin Express continued operations||$450,000|