Public Transportation

News

Following the passage of I-976, Gov. Inslee directed WSDOT to postpone projects not yet underway. This provides the Governor and the Legislature flexibility to determine how to adjust the funding gap in the 2019-21 transportation budget during the upcoming session. Learn more about the delay and related projects (pdf 256 kb).

Below you'll find information about WSDOT's public transportation programs and projects, including state and federal grants, technical assistance for local transportation providers, policies, and plans.

Grants

WSDOT's Public Transportation Division administers grants that help local transportation providers improve access and mobility. Examples include grants to provide and improve transit, human services transportation, ridesharing, transportation demand management and more. These grant programs provide more than $250 million per biennium to support community-based public transportation.

Planning

Statewide plans identify shared interests that guide transportation improvements. WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division leads the State Public Transportation Plan, Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan and Washington State Human Services Transportation Plan. The division also plays a key role in transit development plans, local human services transportation plans, local commute trip reduction plans and the statewide vanpool strategic plan.

Rail Transit Safety Oversight

WSDOT's State Safety Oversight Program oversees safety for public rail fixed guideways and serves as the State of Washington's federally designated state safety oversight agency.

Transportation Demand Management

WSDOT supports efficient use of transportation systems and infrastructure through transportation demand management projects and programs, including commute trip reduction, vanpools and more. 

Travel Washington Intercity Bus

WSDOT supports bus service that connects rural communities to major transportation hubs and urban centers. 

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