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.”

Project schedule

(Subject to change based upon public and stakeholder input)

Date Milestone
September 2019 Program development and public and stakeholder engagement
October 2019 Notice of funding availability
December 2019 Applications due
January 2020 Grants awarded
June 2021 Project delivery completed

For more information, contact Liz Bastian, or 206-716-1158.