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.”

2019-2021 Project List

Applicant Project Title Award
City of Bellevue CrossConnect: testing a demand-responsive first-last mile to microtransit service for underserved neighborhood $394,000
City of Tacoma Tacoma's Trail to Transit Connector $111,000
Yakama Nation Enhancing Pedestrian Facilities Connecting to Tribal Transit $495,000

For more information, contact Ricardo Gotla, Ricardo.Gotla@wsdot.wa.gov