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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 



March 4: Vanpool Committee Mtg.,
Redmond, WA
Click here for meeting details & registration

March 10: IS Committee Mtg.,
Burlington, WA
Click here for meeting details

March 18: HR Committee Mtg.,
Shelton, WA
Meeting & registration details
coming soon

March 23: SMTA Meeting.,
Vancouver, WA
Meeting & registration details
coming soon

March 23: Finance Committee Mtg.,
Vancouver, WA
Meeting & registration details
coming soon

March 23-25: Operations Committee Mtg., Pullman, WA
Meeting & registration details
coming soon



View the 2016 WSTA Events Calendar


What's New?


 WSTA is looking for a Development & Member Services Manager to
join our team!

Please click here for 
job posting details.


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2016 Spring Maintenance Forum