Public Transportation - Consolidated Grants

The Consolidated Grant Program awards funding to improve public transportation within and between rural communities, provide transportation services between cities, purchase new buses and equipment, and offer public transportation services to seniors and people with disabilities. This program is supported by state and federal funding. Funds are awarded via formula and competitive process. Scoring and ranking criteria for the competitive process are established by WSDOT, an advisory committee and the priorities of regional planning councils. 

Consolidated Grants provide funds from five sources:

Federal Transit Administration funds:

  • 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
  • 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas
  • 5339(a) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Formula Program

State funds:

Important Dates

  • Nov. 2, 2020-Jan. 15, 2021: WSDOT reviews applications and contacts applicants on any revisions or additional information needed.
  • Jan. 15, 2021, 5:00 p.m.: Applicants must submit revised applications in the Grants Management System.
  • Spring 2021: WSDOT will announce 2021-2023 awards.

2021 -2023 Awards

Awards will be tentative until the Federal Transit Authority provides appropriation levels and the Washington State Legislature approves the 2021-2023 transportation budget.

Selected projects will be awarded for either two years (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2023) or four years (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2025).

Eligible project types

Operations: Projects directly related to system operation, including employee compensation, marketing, administration, fuel, oil, taxes and operational maintenance expenses.

Mobility management: Information services that help providers and passengers coordinate and understand available options. Includes short-range planning, management activities or activities for improving coordination among public transportation and other transportation service providers.

Capital: Projects to purchase long-term assets, such as land, buildings, vehicles and bus shelters.

Planning: Planning, coordination or other activities that address the needs of the applicant and the community(ies) they serve.

2019-2021 Consolidated Grants

The 2019-2021 Consolidated Grants table (pdf 84 kb) shows 131 projects that were awarded for a total of nearly $77 million for July 2019-June 2021.

For more information, contact Susan Garber-Yonts at susan.garber-yonts@wsdot.wa.gov or 206-922-3259 or your local WSDOT Public Transportation Community Liaison.