Specialized Transportation Funding

Specialized transportation serves older adults, people with disabilities, people with low incomes, youth, and other people with mobility challenges. Specialized transportation, such as ADA paratransit, demand-response vans, or volunteer transportation programs, fills gaps in the regional transit network and expand mobility options for people with mobility challenges.

2023-2025 WSDOT Consolidated Grant

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) released a call for projects for the Consolidated Grant Program for the 2023-2025 biennium (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2025), with an opportunity for some projects to be funded for two biennia (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2027). The goal of the Consolidated Grant is to improve transportation for people with mobility challenges and for residents in transportation-disadvantaged areas.

For more information, visit the WSDOT Consolidated Grant website or contact one of the WSDOT Community Liaisons:

The deadline for application submissions closed on October 27, 2022 at 3:00 pm.

Next Steps

Applicants seeking regional priority rankings are required to provide a short presentation. Sponsor presentations are scheduled for November 16.

View applications and presentation slides.

The Special Needs Transportation Committee (SNTC) will deliberate and recommend regional priority rankings at its December 6 meeting. The committee will submit its regional ranking recommendations to the Transportation Operators Committee, Transportation Policy Board, and Executive Board for approval. Public comment may be provided at the Transportation Policy Board and Executive Board meetings.

For the 2023-2025 biennium, or 2025-2027 if applying for four years, the PSRC region can distribute a total of 15 ABC rankings (5 A’s, 5 B’s, and 5 C’s) and an unlimited number of D ranked projects for WSDOT’s consideration.

Regional Priority Rankings for Consolidated Grant Funding

PSRC provides regional priorities for specialized transportation projects seeking WSDOT Consolidated Grant funds in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

Kitsap County participates in the WSDOT Consolidated Grant regional ranking process through the Peninsula RTPO.

Illustration outlines PSRC’s Consolidated Grant regional priority ranking process.
Illustration outlines PSRC’s Consolidated Grant regional priority ranking process.

The 2023-2025 Consolidated Grant Regional Priority Ranking Training for the PSRC region was held virtually on August 3, 2022. The training video and presentation slides can be found on the event page.

Specialized Transportation Planning in the Region

The Special Needs Transportation Committee advises the Transportation Operators Committee on specialized transportation funding, including updates to the region’s Coordinated Mobility Plan (Coordinated Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan) and prioritization of projects in the region for funding through the WSDOT Consolidated Grant competition.

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 Transportation Coalition.