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New Revenue Grant Programs

 

Governor Inslee and Washington’s legislators have made an important investment in our state’s multimodal transportation system through projects that make walking and bicycling safer and more convenient with better connections to transit, rail and ferries. As part of the new revenue package, the Legislature entrusted WSDOT with new revenue to distribute through two new public transportation grant programs: the Puget Sound Transit Coordination grant program and the LEAP Transportation N-3 proviso (tiered list) program.
 
Puget Sound Transit Coordination Grant Program
This program authorizes funding for coordinated transit-related projects in the central Puget Sound region, using approximately $5 million from 2015 until 2031. The program also encourages joint planning and coordination on the part of central Puget Sound transit systems in order to improve the user experience, increase ridership and make the most effective use of tax dollars.

WSDOT just announced PSTC grant awards for the 2017-2019 biennium.


Organization Counties Legislative Districts Project Description 2017-2019 Award
King County Metro (in partnership with eligible grant applicants) King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap 1, 2, 5, 10, 11, 21, 23, 25-34, 36-39, 41, 43-48 Regional Transit ORCA Marketing and TDCM Project. $816,500
King County Metro (in partnership with eligible grant applicants) King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap 1, 2, 5, 10, 11, 21, 23, 25-34, 36-39, 41, 43-48 Regional access to Remix Transit Sketch Planning Platform $247,500 (one-year award)
City of Seattle (in partnership with eligible grant applicants) King, Snohomish, and Pierce 1, 2, 5, 10, 23, 25-34, 38, 39, 41, 43, 45, 46 Standardized Pedestrian Wayfinding System – Phase 1 $936,000
Total$2,000,000


Proviso/Tiered List Program

Part of the multimodal portion of Connecting Washington authorizes funding for 21 transit-related projects, using approximately $111 million from 2015 until 2031. It also provides additional local options for transit initiatives. Some examples include:

  • Authorizing voter-approved Sound Transit Light Rail Expansion.
  • Authorizing Snohomish County to impose an additional voter-approved 0.3 percent sales-and-use tax for Community Transit.
  • Allowing Public Transportation Benefit Areas to establish passenger-only ferry service districts with independent taxing, spending and bonding authority.
  • Allowing Transportation Benefit Districts to levy a $50 vehicle fee for roads and transit.


Tier
(Priority)
Organization CountyLegislative District(s) Project Description 2015-2017 Award Future Biennia Award 16-Year Total
1 City of Seattle King 37, 43 Trolley bus expansion and electrification for the 23rd Ave. and Madison St. corridors, serving downtown Seattle to Madison Valley. $2,022,000 $5,978,000 $8,000,000
1 Everett Transit Snohomish 38 Bus stop safety improvements along North Broadway corridor between 41st St. and 7th St. $1,000,000 $2,000,000 $3,000,000
1 Island Transit Island 10 Sustains Tri-County Connector service—in coordination with Skagit Transit and Whatcom Transportation Authority—serving Whidbey and Camano islands, Anacortes, and Mount Vernon. $2,300,000 $2,300,000
1 King County Metro King 11, 33, 34 Burien to Delridge RapidRide expansion, serving West Seattle and SW King county. $1,500,000 $6,500,000 $8,000,000
1 King County Metro King 36, 43 Improves transit speed and reliability for route 40, serving Northgate to downtown. $3,000,000 $3,000,000
1 King County Metro King 36, 43 Improves transit speed and reliability for routes 43 and 44, serving Ballard to the U-District. $3,000,000 $3,000,000
1 King County Metro King 48 Bike share program expansion (approx. 800-1000 bikes), serving Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue and Issaquah. $500,000 $5,000,000 $5,500,000
1 San Juan County San Juan 40 Orcas Village park and ride development, serving ferry travelers. $737,000 $23,000 $760,000
1 Skagit Transit Skagit 10, 39, 40 System enhancements, expansion and safety improvements, serving March's Point park and ride. $831,000 $831,000
1 Spokane Transit Spokane 3, 6 Builds Spokane Central City electric trolley bus line between Gonzaga and Browne's Addition. $3,000,000 $12,000,000 $15,000,000
1 Yakima Transit Yakima 14 Purchases seven replacement buses for fixed-route service. $2,000,000 $2,000,000
2 C-Tran Clark 17, 18, 49 Relocates and upgrades Vancouver Mall transit center. $3,200,000 $3,200,000
2 City of Seattle King 35 Builds a bike/ped bridge over I-5 to improve access between Northgate and regional transit facilities east of the freeway. $10,000,000 $10,000,000
2 Community Transit Snohomish 21, 38, 44 Provides operating and capital improvements for SWIFT II bus rapid transit line. $10,000,000 $10,000,000
2 King County Metro King 36, 43 Uses transit-preferential strategies and infrastructure investments, in partnership with City of Seattle and surrounding communities, serving 67th to Fremont corridor. $3,000,000 $3,000,000
2 King County Metro King 36, 43 Uses transit-preferential strategies and infrastructure investments to route 48, in partnership with City of Seattle and surrounding communities, serving the north U-Link Station to Loyal Heights. $3,000,000 $3,000,000
2 King County Metro King 37 Bicycle, transit, freight and general-purpose traffic improvements within a revised street network that eliminates the confluence of MLK and Rainier Avenue. $900,000 $900,000
2 Kitsap Transit Kitsap 23, 25 Constructs a new Wheaton Way Transit Center, partnering with multiple developers to create a TOD-style community, and creates infrastructure for future Bus Rapid Transit along this corridor. $3,000,000 $3,000,000
2 Kitsap Transit Kitsap 23, 35 Constructs the Silverdale Way Transit Center. $2,300,000 $2,300,000
2 Mason Transit Mason 35 Park and ride development and capital enhancements to existing park and ride lots for electric vehicles in Mason County. $7,085,000 $7,085,000
2 Pierce Transit Pierce 25, 27, 29 Funds the study, design, construction and implementation of possible bus rapid transit on the SR 7/Pacific Ave. corridor between Tacoma and Parkland/Spanaway. $15,000,000 $15,000,000
Contingency/Reserve $2,250,000
Total $13,890,000 $94,986,000 $111,126,000