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Representing, Serving &
Promoting Public Transportation



The Washington State Transit Association represents public transit systems across Washington state. 

Collectively, these systems provide over 221 million trips per year on buses, vanpools, light rail, commuter rail,streetcars, passenger ferries and special needs transportation vehicles.  Our mission is to shape, ignite, and inspire decisions that promote public transportation as a vital element of the communities we serve. 




 Statewide Public Transportation Facts


·   32 public transit agencies, serving rural, small urban, urban and regional areas


·   80 percent of the state’s population is within transit boundaries


·   Public transit agencies provided 221 million passenger trips, annually, including over 6.8 million trips by those with special transportation needs


·   Public transit includes buses, paratransit (door-to-door or shared-ride service), van pools, light rail and commuter rail


·   Public transit agencies operate more than 2,800 vanpools, the largest program in the nation


·  Transit provides congestion relief and capacity on roads, with over 40 percent of commuters into Seattle taking transit


·  Transit agencies are heavily-dependent on local sales tax, which with passenger fares total as much as 80 percent of revenue


·   Five transit agencies are at their maximum sales tax rate of 0.9 percent – with no other local funding options


·   Transit agencies are accountable to their governing bodies (elected officials), their customers, and the federal and state government



Upcoming WSTA Events 



December 9: SMTA Meeting,
Shelton, WA -

December 9: Finance Meeting,
Shelton, WA - Registration & Details



View the 2015 WSTA Events Calendar


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