Regional Mobility Grants

The Regional Mobility Grant supports local efforts to improve connectivity between counties and regional population centers as well as to reduce transportation delay. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) seeks to fund projects that deliver public benefits as quickly as possible. This grant is supported by state funding. Authorization for the Regional Mobility Grant is in RCW 47.66.030.

Eligible applicants

Cities, counties, ports and public transit agencies in Washington state are eligible to apply.

Eligible projects

This program includes four eligible Regional Mobility Grant project types:

Equipment purchases

  • Passenger service vehicles
  • Charging equipment for electric vehicles
  • Communications equipment
  • Computer hardware, software and data systems
  • Multimodal enhancements (e.g., bicycle racks)
  • Security equipment

Capital construction

  • Passenger transfer centers
  • Bus-only or high-occupancy vehicle lanes
  • Bus shelters, platforms and stations
  • Transit access improvements
  • Transit signal priority, queue jumps and bypasses
  • Park and ride lots and facilities

Operations

  • New, expanded or more frequent bus routes, express service or “feeder” service
  • New community connections or transportation corridors serving multiple communities

Transportation demand management

  • Programs that enhance commute trip reduction programs (e.g., incentives, transit passes and expansion of growth efficiency centers)
  • Programs that encourage a mode shift to high-efficiency modes (e.g., transit, walking and biking)
  • Outreach to employers to increase the use of teleworking
  • First- and last-mile connections programs (e.g., bicycle racks and vanpool expansion)
  • Other transportation demand management strategies and concepts at WSDOT’s Transportation Systems Management and Operations

Match requirements

Applicants provide matching funds as direct contributions of at least 20 percent of the total project cost. Direct contributions are cash or other assets that directly benefit the project and are fundamental to implementing the project.

WSDOT’s review team evaluated the 2021-2023 Regional Mobility Grant applications based on the following criteria:

  • Reduce delay: Uses program funds to reduce the amount of time it takes for people to get where they are trying to go.
  • Improve connectivity: Improves multimodal connections and services between counties or regional population centers.
  • Project performance: Reduces vehicle trips and vehicle miles traveled compared with its costs and useful life.
  • Readiness to proceed: Is consistent with local plans and minimizes scope, schedule and budget risks as well as is likely to deliver public benefits on schedule.

Important dates

WSDOT anticipates 2021-2023 award notices in the spring 2021. Refer to important dates below:

  • April 20, 2020 – Concept application is available.
  • May 15, 2020  Concept application is due to WSDOT.
  • June 23, 2020 – WSDOT posts notice of funding opportunity and grant applications are available.
  • June-September 2020 – WSDOT staff are available for questions and technical assistance.
  • September 11, 2020 – Grant applications are due to WSDOT.
  • September-October 2020 – WSDOT reviews applications and performance estimates. We work with applicants to make application revisions as needed.
  • October 15, 2020 – Revised applications are due.
  • October-November 2020 – Independent evaluation panel reviews and scores application.
  • February 1, 2021 – WSDOT sends prioritized list of projects to the Legislature and governor’s office.
  • March 2021 – Legislature releases the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) list of funded projects.
  • March-June 2021 – WSDOT sends grant award letters to grantees after the governor signs the transportation budget.
  • July 1, 2021 – 2021-2023 biennium begins.
  • July 2021 – Grant recipients submit performance measurement plans.

Awards

The Regional Mobility Grant occurs biennially. For the 2019-2021 biennium, the Washington State Legislature approved 50 new and continuing Regional Mobility Grant projects across the state.

The table below provides an overview of the nearly $105 million awarded to the 2019-2021 Regional Mobility Grant projects in the current LEAP list. (Spending plan adjustments on certain projects align with the project list in the 2020 Supplemental Budget.)

Project

Legislative District(s)

2019-21 Award

Ben Franklin Transit: Downtown Pasco Multimodal Hub

08, 09, 16

$1,552,000

Ben Franklin Transit: Duportail Multimodal Hub            

08, 09, 16

$1,357,000

Ben Franklin Transit: West Pasco Multimodal Hub               

08, 09, 16

$3,207,000

City of Burien: Ambaum Boulevard and H Line Transit Pathway Improvements

34, 36, 37, 43

$10,000,000

City of Kent: Rapid Ride Facility Passenger Amenities and Access Improvements

05, 11, 33, 47

$1,236,000

City of Lake Stevens: US 2 Trestle High-Occupancy Vehicle/Transit Trestle Congestion

38, 44

$1,822,000

City of Olympia: State Capitol Campus Transportation Demand Management

02, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24

$160,000

City of Tukwila: South King County Regional Transportation Demand Management for Centers and Corridors

11, 33, 47

$160,000

City of Zillah: Teapot Dome Park and Ride Construction

15

$664,000

Community Transit: Swift Bus Rapid Transit Green Line Operations

01, 21, 38, 44

$5,000,000

C-TRAN: Diesel/Electric Hybrid Vehicle Purchase

18

$199,775

C-TRAN: Southbound I-5 Bus on Shoulder

17, 18, 49

$4,900,000

Everett Transit: 80-Stall Park and Ride Expansion

21

$540,025

Grant Transit: Moses Lake-Ellensburg Express to Central Washington University

13

$203,450

Grant Transit: Moses Lake-Wenatchee Connector to Wenatchee Valley Community College

13

$170,430

Intercity Transit: Design and Construction - Regional Vanpool Service Center

22

$3,900,000

Intercity Transit: High-Performance Corridor Service Implementation - Phase 1

02, 22

$3,084,000

Intercity Transit: Regional Business to Business Vanpool Program

01, 02, 05, 11, 20, 22, 23

$220,000

Intercity Transit: Route 612 Express Service Expansion

22

$1,049,546

Island County Public Works: Clinton Park and Ride-to-Ferry Terminal Connection Improvements

10, 21

$400,000

King County Metro: Eastlake Off-Street Layover Facility

43

$6,630,231

King County Metro: Northgate Transit Center - Transit-Oriented Development, Access and Facility Improvements

46

$5,084,936

King County Metro: Park and Ride Efficiency and Access Project

30, 46, 48

$939,405

King County Metro: Renton to Auburn Transit Speed, Reliability and Service

11, 47

$3,874,617

King County Metro: Route 245 Corridor Speed and Reliability Improvement   

42, 45, 48

$683,156

King County Metro: Route 101 Service Increase - Renton to/from Seattle

46, 47

$1,459,664

King County Metro: Totem Lake/Kirkland to Bellevue/Eastgate Transit Improvements

41, 48

$500,000

King County Metro: Transit Speed and Reliability Hot Spot Implementation Program

37

$1,800,000

King County Metro/Sound Transit: Link Station Integration

43

$1,456,000

Kitsap Transit: Silverdale Transit Center

35

$3,262,232

Kitsap Transit: Wheaton Way Transit Center

35

$686,429

Klickitat County: Mt. Adams Express

14

$543,926

Mason Transit: Park and Ride Development

35

$4,082,860

Pierce Transit: Pacific Avenue/State Route 7 Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Stations

25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

$2,100,000

Pierce Transit: State Route 7 Park and Ride/Bus

02

$3,988,780

Pullman Transit: Increasing Capacity

09

$530,000

RiverCities Transit: Lexington Connector Expansion

19, 20

$292,000

Seattle Department of Transportation: 23rd Avenue Transit Improvements

43

$100,000

Seattle Department of Transportation: Delridge to Burien RapidRide Line

34, 37

$8,535,076

Seattle Department of Transportation: Market/45th RapidRide

36, 43, 46

$4,000,000

Skagit Transit: Commuter Bus Purchase

10, 39, 40

$1,625,000

Skagit Transit: Connector Services Expansion Project

39

$639,380

Spokane County - Commute Trip Reduction Office: Liberty Lake Shuttle

04

$113,000

Spokane Transit Authority: Cheney High-Performance Transit Corridor Improvement and Vehicle Acquisition

03, 06

$2,303,000

Spokane Transit Authority: West Plains Transit Center

06, 07, 09

$1,000,000

Spokane Transit Authority: Monroe/Regal High-Performance Transit Corridor Improvements

03, 04

$2,000,000

Spokane Transit Authority: Spokane Falls Community Transit Station

03, 04

$1,934,953

Spokane Transit: Upriver Transit Center

04

$2,779,202

Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services: Regional Mobility Expanded Service

19

$222,000

Washington State Department of Transportation: State Route 525 Pedestrian and Traffic Improvements

21

$1,730,192

 

 

$104,721,265

    For more information contact Allyson Ruppenthal, allyson.ruppenthal@wsdot.wa.gov or 360-791-5613, or your local WSDOT Public Transportation Community Liaison.