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Public Transportation Unmet Needs Study

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The Unmet Needs Study was completed in June 2023. Findings from the Unmet Needs Study will shape the forthcoming statewide Public Transportation Plan update.

July 2021 - June 2023


In 2022, WSDOT reviewed state and regional transportation plans, interviewed 30 people made up of transportation riders, providers, and advocates, and developed an economic model to answer the following two questions:

  1. What is the unmet need for public transportation in the state?
  2. How much would it cost to provide access to public transportation for those whose needs are unmet?

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The image highlights annual unmet trips across Washington State with the darkest colors being the most unmet trips.