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Washington State Transit Association

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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.

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 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 




October 24-25
Leadership Training


October 24-25
Clerks Committee Meeting
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October 26-28

Operations Committee Meeting

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November 3
Legal Affairs Roundtable
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November 4
HR Committee Meeting
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