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. We seek to fund projects that deliver public benefits as quickly as possible. This grant is supported by state funding, authorization is through 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 listed 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.

Evaluation criteria 

WSDOT’s independent review panel 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

  • 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 in the Grants Management System.
  • June-September 2020: WSDOT staff are available for questions and technical assistance.
  • Sept. 11, 2020, 5:00 p.m.: Grant applications are due in the Grants Management System. An applicant must submit one application per project. An applicatant may submit more than one application.
  • September-October 2020: WSDOT reviews applications and performance estimates. We work with applicants to make application revisions as needed.
  • Oct. 15, 2020, 5:00 p.m.: Revised applications are due in the Grants Management System.
  • October-November 2020: Independent evaluation panel reviews and scores applications.
  • Feb. 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.
  • April-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.
  • June 30, 2023: 2021-2023 biennium ends.

Awards

The Regional Mobility Grant occurs biennially. For the 2021-2023 biennium, the Washington State Legislature approved 48 new and continuing Regional Mobility Grant projects across the state.

The table below provides an overview of the nearly $103 million awarded to the 2021-2023 Regional Mobility Grant projects in the current LEAP list.

Organization

Project title

Legislative district(s)

Award

Ben Franklin Transit (Benton-Franklin Public Transportation)

Downtown Pasco Multimodal Hub*

08, 09, 16

$300,000

Ben Franklin Transit (Benton-Franklin Public Transportation)

Duportail Multimodal Hub*     

08, 09, 16

$1,782,000

Ben Franklin Transit (Benton-Franklin Public Transportation)

West Pasco Multimodal Hub*               

08, 09, 16

$3,413,000

City of Bellevue

Bellevue Transportation Demand Management of the Future

05, 11, 34, 37, 41, 43, 45, 46, 48

$350,000

City of Burien

Ambaum Boulevard and H Line Transit Pathway Improvements*

34, 36, 37, 43

$7,065,000

City of Cle Elum

City of Cle Elum’s Park and Ride and Mobility Improvements

13

$633,000

City of Kent

RapidRide Facility Passenger Amenities and Access Improvements*

05, 11, 33, 47

$6,764,000

City of Kirkland

108th Avenue NE Transit Queue Jumps – Phases 1 and 2

48

$500,000

City of Kirkland

Transportation Demand Management Program for Kirkland Downtown and Totem Lake Area

45, 48

$120,000

City of Mabton

City of Mabton Park and Ride Improvements

15

$193,000

City of Renton

Rainier Avenue South Corridor Improvements – Phase 4A

37

$2,000,000

City of Shoreline

State Route 523 and I-5 Roundabouts

32, 46

$3,500,000

City of Tukwila

Regional Transportation Demand Management for South King County

11, 33, 37, 47

$336,000

Clallam Transit (Clallam County Public Transportation Benefit Area)

Strait Shot 123 Service Expansion

24

$238,000

Community Transit (Snohomish County Public Transit Benefit Area Corporation)

Swift Bus Rapid Transit

32

$3,480,000

Community Transit (Snohomish County Public Transit Benefit Area Corporation)

Swift Bus Rapid Transit Green Line Operations*

01, 21, 38, 44

$5,000,000

C-TRAN (Clark County Public Transportation Benefit Area)

Mill Plain Bus Rapid Transit Project

17, 18, 49

$9,000,000

Intercity Transit

Bus Rapid Transit Project Development and Station Construction

02, 22

$685,000

Intercity Transit

High-Performance Corridor Service Implementation – Phase 1*

02, 22

$1,440,000

Intercity Transit

Martian Way Park and Ride – I-5 Northbound Ramp Access

22

$2,153,000

Intercity Transit

Regional Business to Business Vanpool Program*

01, 02, 05, 11, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 38, 39, 41, 48

$220,000

Island County Public Works

Clinton Park and Ride-to-Ferry Terminal Connection Improvements*

10, 21

$905,000

Island Transit (Island County Public Transportation Benefit Area)

Purchase and Installation of Passenger Information Systems for Existing Fixed-Route Vehicles

10

$418,000

King County Metro Transit

Eastlake Off-Street Layover Facility*

43

$4,524,000

King County Metro Transit

RapidRide I Line – Renton Speed and Reliability Improvements

11, 33, 37, 47

$10,000,000

King County Metro Transit

Renton to Auburn Transit Speed, Reliability and Service*

11, 47

$1,269,000

King County Metro Transit

Speed and Reliability Hot Spot Implementation Program*

37

$950,000

King County Metro Transit

Totem Lake/Kirkland to Bellevue/Eastgate Transit Improvements*

41, 48

$1,620,000

Kitsap Transit (Kitsap County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority)

Silverdale Transit Center*

35

$3,062,232

Kitsap Transit (Kitsap County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority)

State Route 16 Park and Ride

23

$3,125,000

Pierce County Human Services (Pierce County)

Reducing Pierce County and Thurston County Commutes with Telework Program Employer Support

02, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29, 35

$160,000

Pierce Transit (Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation)

Pacific Avenue/State Route 7 Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Stations*

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

$2,100,000

Pierce Transit (Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation)

Port of Tacoma Service

27

$568,000

Pierce Transit (Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation)

Spanaway Transit Center Phase 2

28

$1,400,000

Pierce Transit (Pierce County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation)

State Route 7 Park and Ride/Bus*

2

$1,000,080

RiverCities Transit (City of Longview)

Lexington Connector Expansion*

19, 20

$207,200

Seattle Department of Transportation (City of Seattle)

Delridge to Burien RapidRide Line*

34, 37

$1,935,076

Seattle Department of Transportation (City of Seattle)

Market/45th RapidRide*

36, 43, 46

$5,000,000

Seattle Department of Transportation (City of Seattle)

RapidRide J Line

36, 43,46

$3,000,000

Seattle Department of Transportation (City of Seattle)

Route 40 Transit Plus Multimodal Corridor

36, 43, 46

$3,000,000

Skamania County Senior Services (Skamania County)

Skamania County Senior Services Public Transportation Expansion Grant

14

$222,000

Spokane County Commute Trip Reduction Office (Spokane County)

Liberty Lake Shuttle*

4

$181,000

STA (Spokane Transit Authority)

Cheney High-Performance Transit Corridor Improvement and Vehicle Acquisition*

03, 06

$4,833,050

STA (Spokane Transit Authority)

I-90/Valley High-Performance Transit Corridor Infrastructure

03, 04

$1,014,000

STA (Spokane Transit Authority)

Sprague Line High-Performance Transit Improvements

03, 04

$920,000

Town of Naches

Cleman’s View Park – Park and Ride

14

$552,000

Twin Transit (Lewis Public Transportation Benefit Area)

Twin Transit Southwest Washington e-Transit Corridor

20, 22

$778,000

WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation)

State Route 525 Pedestrian and Traffic Improvements*

21

$1,230,192

*Indicates a four-year continuing project that began in the 2019-2021 biennium.

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