Public transportation plans

There are several public transportation plans created by The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) that identify areas for improvement in the public transportation system. WSDOT supports local and regional partners in their planning efforts.

State Public Transportation Plan

We produce the Washington State Public Transportation Plan (PDF 5.2MB) as a 20-year blueprint to guide decisions and, ultimately, improve transportation performance. People throughout the state rely upon transit, carpools, vanpools, walking and other options to make transportation choices that help families, communities, the economy and the environment to thrive. This page highlights the actions partner organizations are taking to achieve the plan's goals and vision.

Statewide Human Services Transportation Plan

Along with partners across the state, we developed the Washington Statewide Human Services Transportation Plan (PDF 1.7MB) to coordinate the transportation needs and interests of all Washington residents. Created in 2013 with the help of regional transportation planning organizations in our state, the plan:

  • Identifies service gaps and challenges for riders.
  • Compiles and consolidates best practices from around the state and beyond.
  • Recommends strategies to improve access to transportation statewide.
  • Focuses on delivering transportation services to people with special needs and to those who are unable to transport themselves due to physical or mental limitations, income or age.

Local human services transportation plans

In 2013, numerous partners helped inform the statewide plan by identifying their own unique needs. These stakeholders included: 14 regional transportation planning organizations, as well as special needs transportation service providers, social service non-profits, Tribal governments and transportation organizations, veterans, local and regional transit agencies, and other municipal agencies.

In 2018, 18 regional transportation planning organizations submitted local human services transportation plans. These regional plans help identify statewide trends, needs and strategies for the 2021 statewide plan update.

Our public transportation community liaisons provide training and guidance to all regional planning organizations across the state, and can be contacted directly with questions or to request a copy of these local plans. In 2021 WSDOT updated their guidance for these local planning efforts.

Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan

The Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan (PDF 1MB) provides a vision to advance the agency’s demand management goals for a five year period from 2019-2024. Transportation demand management (TDM) is a strategy that seeks a more efficient and affordable way to integrate our transportation system based on community-driven, public/private partnerships, and low-cost mobility solutions. The strategic plan provides the vision to carry these efforts forward. Using a WSDOT Practical Solutions approach, this plan was created with the support of the Commute Trip Reduction Board and it considers more equitable transportation solutions.

Transit development plans

Transit agencies in Washington state submit annual transit development plans to WSDOT (RCW 35.58.2795). We provide guidance and support to agencies as they develop their plans.

In 2021, we updated our guidance documents for transit development plans to streamline and clarify reporting requirements. The update includes a guidebook and an example plan, but does it not change the core requirements of the plans.

14 fish passage projects were completed in 2020

improving access to 54.2 miles of upstream habitat.

11,959 incidents responded to

by WSDOT’s incident Response teams during second quarter of 2021, 15% more than same quarter in 2020.

41 Pre-existing Funds Projects Advertised

during the eighth quarter of the 2019-2021 biennium.