Special Needs Funding

PSRC awards funding to transportation that serves seniors, people with disabilities, low-income, and youth.  The program is coordinated with the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Grant program.

How Are Projects Selected for Funding?

PSRC distributes funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) program in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett Urbanized Area.  PSRC also ranks projects for state and other FTA special needs transportation funds managed by WSDOT in its Consolidated Grant Program.

Through this coordinated grant process, PSRC and WSDOT work together to leverage funding to meet the needs and fill gaps in transportation to people with special transportation needs in the region. All projects awarded funding must meet the goals and objectives of the region’s 2015-2018 Coordinated Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan adopted as part of Transportation 2040. View larger version of the grant process flowchart above.

Applicants who submit for a regional priority ranking for WSDOT funds must also submit an application to WSDOT by the deadlines identified on the WSDOT Consolidated Grants website.

July 11, 2017 Coordinated Grant Debrief

Section 5310 Program Management Plan

Section 5310 Maximum Funding

Projects Approved for Funding

On January 26, 2017, PSRC’s Executive Board took action on a recommended program of special needs projects to be funded for the 2017-2019 biennium. 

WSDOT announced the funding awards to projects awarded a regional priority ranking by the PSRC Executive Board in April 2017. All projects funded by PSRC and WSDOT are listed below.

Special Needs Planning in the Region

The Special Needs Transportation Committee advises the Transportation Operators Committee on special needs transportation, including updates to the region’s Coordinated Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan and prioritization of projects for funding.  

Active local coalitions with county-specific plans and needs assessments include the King County Mobility Coalition, the Pierce County Coordinated Transportation Coalition and the Snohomish County Special Needs Transportation Coalition.