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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 217 million passenger trips, annually, including 4.5 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 



April 28-29: WSTA Clerks Committee Meeting, Long Beach, WA - Registration Now Open!



May 28 - 30: WSTA Spring Maintenance  Meeting and Vendor Forum, Olympia, WA - Vendor registration closed,

Attendee Registration Now Open!



Now available:


2014 WSTA Meeting Calendar

2013-15 Supplemental

Transportation Budget


Final Version of Budget

(passed legislature, waiting for Governor's signature)

Transportation Project Lists

(pp. 30-1 for Regional Mobility Grant Program Projects)



Highlights of Transportation Budget related to Public Transportation


Section 208 (18)

·         Proviso requiring Department of Licensing to establish a work group of stakeholders to review an annual license fee in lieu of fuel tax for CNG and LNG


Section 220

·         Total funding for WSDOT Public Transportation Division is $111,630,000 (most funding for programs stays the same unless noted below)

·         JBLM vanpool proviso fixed

·         RMGP reapprops included, no substantive change to RMGP proviso

·         CTR funding increased for STAR pass program and staff

·         Federal funding included for KCM I-90 P&R study

·         $300k in state funding for WSDOT staffing for Regional and Rural Mobility programs included


Sections 306(8) and 602

·         Provisos related to funding for AWV mitigation


Section 407

·         Operating funds from Treasurer included ($13/m/yr through June 30, 2015)


Sections 704-707

·         CTR tax credit extended through June 30, 2015








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