Connecting Washington - Multimodal

Connecting Washington continues Washington's commitment to walking, biking, transit and other public transportation options. State funding for pedestrian and bicycle projects is in part why Washington state has been named the top "Bicycle Friendly State" by the League of American Bicyclists for the eighth consecutive year. Meanwhile, WSDOT's public transportation grants help provide access, mobility, independence and improved options to Washington residents.

  • $200 million for the Regional Mobility Grant Program, which supports local efforts to improve transit mobility and reduce congestion on our state's most heavily traveled roadways. Projects include transit services that connect urban centers, new and expanded park and ride facilities, new buses, and rush-hour transit service along congested corridors.

  • $200 million for special-needs transit grants, which provide public transportation services for people who may not have access to transportation due to age, income or disability.

  • $111 million for transit-related project grants, which provide funding for improving public transportation within and between rural communities, constructing park and ride lots and transit facilities, and purchasing new buses.

  • $110 million for the Rural Mobility Grant Program, which improves transportation in small cities and rural areas for many citizens who rely on public transportation to get to work, medical appointments and social-service programs.

  • $75 million for pedestrian and bicycle safety grants will be distributed to local agencies across the state to increase safety; access and mobility for people who choose to walk or bike for transportation. Since 2005 and including the Connecting Washington 2015/2017 funding the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program has awarded $55 million for 132 projects.
    • WSDOT Local Programs Division prioritizes these projects using a competitive application process that targets funding to locations with the highest pedestrian and bicycle safety and mobility needs; potential impact; and project deliverability. Only about 20% of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and 50% of the Safe Routes to School Program applications are awarded funding.
  • $56 million for Safe Routes to School grants will be distributed to local agencies across the state to increase the number of children walking and biking to school safely. Since 2005 and including the Connecting Washington 2015/2017 state funding the Safe Routes to School Program has awarded $71 million for 182 projects.

  • $41 million for the Commute Trip Reduction Program, which sustains a tax credit to businesses statewide to empower their employees with solutions for easing congestion, reducing air pollution and conserving natural resources through innovative, employer-based commuter programs.

  • $31 million for the Vanpool Investment Program, which helps transit agencies sustain, expand or create public vanpool fleets across the state. Washington is also home to the nation's largest public vanpool fleet.

  • $89 million for the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee pre-identified, tiered pedestrian and bicycle project list.