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COVID-19 and Public Transportation Service

Most of Washington’s transit providers are still operating, many at reduced levels of scheduled service. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, transit agencies are expanding their efforts to keep buses, trains and paratransit vehicles clean. They are also getting the word out to the public about what they are doing, as well as how riders can help control the spread of the virus.

In addition, some transit agencies and nonprofit transportation providers are providing a new service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: They are delivering food, meals, and prescriptions to people in need. In response to requests from these community-based agencies, WSDOT determined that meal, food bank, and grocery delivery — as well as prescription drop-off/pickup — to homebound people is allowable for our partners that receive state and/or federal funds to support their operations. 

If you are a person with limited mobility options in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, FindARide may help you find accessible transportation services and use tools on the basics of accessible transit such as riding with a wheelchair, Medicaid transportation, and online trip-planning.

Contact local transit agencies and nonprofit transportation providers for the most up-to-date information.

I-976 Project Delays

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).

Below you'll find information about WSDOT's public transportation programs and projects, including state and federal grants, technical assistance for local transportation providers, policies, and plans.

Grants

WSDOT's Public Transportation Division administers grants that help local transportation providers improve access and mobility. Examples include grants to provide and improve transit, human services transportation, ridesharing, transportation demand management and more. These grant programs provide more than $250 million per biennium to support community-based public transportation.

Planning

Statewide plans identify shared interests that guide transportation improvements. WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division leads the State Public Transportation Plan, Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan and Washington State Human Services Transportation Plan. The division also plays a key role in transit development plans, local human services transportation plans, local commute trip reduction plans and the statewide vanpool strategic plan.

Rail Transit Safety Oversight

WSDOT's State Safety Oversight Program oversees safety for public rail fixed guideways and serves as the State of Washington's federally designated state safety oversight agency.

Transportation Demand Management

WSDOT supports efficient use of transportation systems and infrastructure through transportation demand management projects and programs, including commute trip reduction, vanpools and more. 

Travel Washington Intercity Bus

WSDOT supports bus service that connects rural communities to major transportation hubs and urban centers. 

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