Public Transportation - Planning

Statewide plans identify shared interests that guide transportation improvements. WSDOT's Public Transportation Division leads the following statewide plans and reports:

The division plays a key role in supporting other statewide and regional plans:

State Public Transportation Plan

WSDOT produces the Washington State Public Transportation Plan (PDF 5.2MB) as a 20-year blueprint to influence decisions and, ultimately, improve transportation performance. People throughout the state rely upon transit, carpools, vanpools, telework, walking and other options to make transportation choices that enable families, communities, the economy and their environment to thrive. This page provides further information about the plan and the actions partner organizations are taking to achieve the goals and vision.

Rethinking Transit and Mobility 

Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent public health and financial crises, WSDOT convened a diverse group of transportation partners to create a shared vision for how transit and mobility will evolve in the post-pandemic environment. The findings from this engagement are included in the Rethinking Transit and Mobility Report (PDF 236KB).

Statewide Human Services Transportation Plan

Along with partners across the state, WSDOT developed the Washington Statewide Human Services Transportation Plan (PDF 1.7MB) to coordinate the transportation needs and interests of all Washington residents. Created with the help of Regional Transportation Planning Organizations in our state in 2013, the plan serves a number of purposes:

  • Identifies service gaps and challenges.
  • Compiles and consolidates best practices from around the state and beyond.
  • Recommends strategies to improve access to transportation throughout the state.
  • Focuses on delivering transportation services to people with special needs; and to those who are unable to transport themselves due to physical or mental limitations, income or age.

The 2021 Statewide Human Services Transportation Plan page is active with current progress and next steps.  Please see the plan page for more information, including community engagement efforts.

Regional human services transportation plans

The statewide plan advances key themes and common strategies from each of the regional-sponsored plans to a statewide level. In developing the plan, WSDOT sought strategies that encompassed multiple service areas. Regional efforts identified local needs and unique issues that the statewide plan was designed to address.

The partners included all 14 Regional Transportation Planning Organizations in Washington state in 2013, as well as special needs transportation service providers, social service non-profits, tribal governments and transportation organizations, veterans, local and regional transit agencies, and other municipal agencies. 18 Regional Transportation Planning Organizations submitted a regional human services transportation plan for the 2018 cycle. These 18 local plans help identify statewide trends, needs, and strategies for the 2021 statewide plan update.

WSDOT Community Liaisons provide training and guidance for all 18 regional planning organizations across the state. Link to the guidebook below.

To review a regional human services transportation plan for a particular region, contact one of WSDOT's Community liaisons.

Travel Washington Intercity Bus Program Study

The Travel Washington Intercity Bus Program Study (PDF 2.68MB) helps to develop policies and identify projects to support a network of transportation services to link rural towns and communities in Washington state to the national intercity bus system.

Transit development plans

Transit agencies in Washington state submit annual transit development plans to WSDOT (RCW 35.58.2795). WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division provides guidance and support to agencies as they develop their plans.

In 2020, WSDOT updated its guidance on transit development plans to streamline and clarify reporting requirements. The update includes a guidebook and an example plan. The update does not change the core requirements of the plans. Link to the guidebook and example plan below.

If you have questions about your Transit Development Plan, contact your local WSDOT Public Transportation Community liaison