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

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

For more information, contact WSDOT Community Liaisons:

Regional Priority Rankings for Projects Seeking WSDOT 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.

For additional information or any questions, please contact Jean Kim.

Application Deadline October 27 (by 3:00pm)

Applicants who are seeking WSDOT Consolidated Grant funds in King, Pierce, or Snohomish counties must submit their applications to both WSDOT, via its Grants Management System (GMS), and PSRC, via email, by 3:00pm on October 27, 2022. Applications must be converted to PDFs and emailed to Jean Kim by the date and time noted above. Submitting an application to PSRC will allow the region to evaluate the application for a regional priority ranking.

For the current competition, 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 the state’s consideration. Sponsors can apply for either two years (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2025) or four years (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2027). Projects that WSDOT awards for four years will receive the same regional priority ranking from PSRC for both biennia and do not have to re-apply after the first biennium unless the state determines otherwise.

For additional information or any questions regarding the PSRC regional priority ranking process, contact Jean Kim.

PSRC Regional Priority Ranking Training

The 2023-2025 Consolidated Grant Regional Priority Ranking Training for the PSRC region was held virtually on August 3, 2022. The video recording of the training is available here and presentation slides for the training can be seen here.

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.