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About the Public Transportation Plan

A Vision for Public Transportation
All transportation partners in Washington will work together to provide a system of diverse and integrated public transportation options. People throughout the state use these options to make transportation choices that enable their families, communities, economy and environment to thrive.

What is the Washington State Public Transportation Plan?
Washington's seven million residents and half million businesses are changing the ways they communicate, connect, travel, transact, and use public transportation. With a projected population growth of more than 25 percent during the next 20 years, the way we plan and manage transportation must also change. This plan offers a blueprint to better integrate all modes of transportation to meet the needs of Washington's people.

Washington's transportation future, which includes buses, bikes, pedestrians, vanpools, telework, ferries, rail and more, will be defined by new kinds of partnership between communities, government agencies and service providers. This plan, developed by WSDOT along with transportation agencies and service providers throughout Washington, takes a step forward in defining these new partnerships.

What are the major themes of the Washington State Public Transportation Plan?

  • Broadly defines public transportation as any form of public or private transportation that is accessible and available to the public and does not involve a single person in a motorized vehicle
  • Recognizes that a connected, coordinated transportation system that serves all people is instrumental to thriving communities
  • Acknowledges that widespread innovation and continuous improvement are key to meeting ever-changing transportation needs
  • Advocates for an ongoing emphasis on delivering positive customer experiences
  • Provides a framework for a more performance focused and integrated approach to transportation
  • Advances the state's interest and role as a public transportation provider

Four Key Public Transportation Challenges in Washington State

  • Demand
    The demand for access to jobs, schools, services and community is growing, but public transportation providers' ability to meet this demand is constrained
  • Congestion
    Congestion is hurting our economy and quality of life, and we must find ways to move more people with even greater efficiency
  • Funding
    Traditional methods for funding mobility are increasingly unsustainable
  • Disruptive Change
    Emerging technologies and business models are challenging organizations to redefine how people communicate, work, travel and transact