Public Transportation - First Mile / Last Mile Connections Grants

During its 2019 session, the Washington State Legislature provided $1 million to develop a first mile/last mile connections grant program. WSDOT's Public Transportation is now working with stakeholders, including the Transportation Demand Management Technical Committee (Washington State Commute Trip Reduction Board), to develop the parameters for this grant program. The following budget proviso language guides its development:

“$1,000,000 of the multimodal transportation account—state appropriation is provided solely for a first mile/last mile connections grant program. Eligible grant recipients include cities, businesses, nonprofits, and transportation network companies with first mile/last mile solution proposals. Transit agencies are not eligible. The commute trip reduction board shall develop grant parameters, evaluation criteria, and evaluate grant proposals. The commute trip reduction board shall provide the transportation committees of the legislature a report on the effectiveness of this grant program and best practices for continuing the program.”

Following the passage of I-976, Gov. Inslee directed WSDOT to postpone projects not yet underway. This provides the Governor and the Legislature flexibility to determine how to adjust the funding gap in the 2019-21 transportation budget during the upcoming session. Learn more about the delay and related projects (pdf 256 kb).

For more information, contact Ricardo Gotla, gotlar@wsdot.wa.gov or 206-716-1114.