Public Transportation - Green Transportation Capital Grant Opportunity


The Green Transportation Grant provides funding to any transit authority for cost-effective capital projects to reduce the carbon intensity of the Washington transportation system. (RCW 47.66.120)

Available funding

WSDOT anticipates $12 million in grant funding for the 2021-2023 biennium.

Eligible applicants

Any Washington state transit authority is an eligible applicant. A transit authority is defined as:

  • City transit system under RCW 35.58.2721 or chapter 35.95A RCW.
  • County public transportation authority under chapter 36.57 RCW.
  • Metropolitan municipal corporation transit system under chapter 36.56 RCW.
  • Public transportation benefit area under chapter 36.57A RCW.
  • Unincorporated transportation benefit area under RCW 36.57.100.
  • Regional transit authority under chapter 81.112RCW.
  • Special purpose district formed to operate a public transportation system.

Eligible projects

Capital projects and related expenditures may include the following:

  1. Electrification of vehicle fleets, including battery and fuel cell operated electric vehicles.
  2. Modification or replacement of capital facilities in order to facilitate fleet electrification and/or hydrogen refueling.
  3. Necessary upgrades to electrical transmission and distribution systems.
  4. Construction of charging and fueling stations.

Application deadline

Sept. 30, 2020

Award period

July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023

Matching funds

The Green Transportation Capital Grant requires the transit authority to provide matching funds equal to at least 20 percent of the total cost of the project. Expenditures associated with the proposed project can qualify for the cash match requirement.

Evaluation process

Applications will be selected through a competitive process and evaluated by designated members of the Green Transportation Capital Grant Advisory Committee. The committee includes representatives from WSDOT, Department of Ecology, Department of Commerce, Utilities and Transportation Commission, Washington State University, and a large urban, small urban, and/or rural transit authority.

Scoring criteria

The selection committee will evaluate submittals in five categories as described in the table below. For additional details, refer to the application instructions.

  1. Project description - 20 points
  2. Scalability, sustainability, and support - 20 points
  3. Project benefits - 20 points
  4. Project budget and cost effectiveness - 20 points
  5. Readiness to proceed and schedule - 20 points

       Total Possible Points - 100 points

Fatal flaws

  • Application is submitted after the deadline.
  • Checkbox in the application authority section is not marked.
  • Project will not provide public benefit by July 1, 2023.


Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose through the 2021-2023 biennium, WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division will identify projects and submit a prioritized list of all projects requesting funding to the Legislature.

WSDOT intends to recommend multiple projects to ensure equitable distribution to large urban, small urban, and/or rural transit agencies statewide for projects focused on effectively transitioning the transportation system.

Important dates

  • July 15, 2020 - Application opens
  • Sept. 30, 2020 - Applications due
  • Dec. 1, 2020 - Selected projects recommended to the Legislature
  • April 2021 (subject to budget bill enactment) - Notice of award issued
  • June 30, 2023 - Project completion

Application materials

The application form and instructions can be found on the Apply for a Public Transportation Grant page.

Green Transportation Capital Grant webinar presentation (pdf 98 kb)

More information

For additional information, contact Evan Olsen at or (360) 705-6929.