State Advocacy: 

2021 WSTA Legislative Priorities

The WSTA Legislative Priorities are agreed and approved by the WSTA Board of Directors. Below are the topline priorities. To view details for each item download the PDF using the link below. 

  • Preserve and Maintain Public Transit Investments
  • Significant Increase in State Investments to Public Transit
  • New State Revenue Principles 
  • Transformative Changes to Vanpool/Rideshare Program
  • Incentivize Zero-Emission Transit Vehicles
  • Protect the Effective and Efficient Delivery of Public Transit

Download PDF: WSTA 2021 Legislative Priorities

Initiative 976

WSTA is one of 9 plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of I-976. Below are official statements and press releases on the topic. 

2020 WSTA Legislative Priorities

The WSTA Legislative Priorities are agreed and approved on by the WSTA Board of Directors.

Download PDF: WSTA 2020 Legislative Priorities

  • Identify and seek legislative support to address the impacts of I-976.
  • Seek legislation to give public transit agencies flexibility with state-owned, funded, or leased Park & Rides. 
  • Support policies and legislation incentivizing zero-emission transit vehicles. 
  • Support legislation to protect the efficiency and effectiveness of bus operations in congested corridors. 
  • Support the inclusion of significant public transit expenditures in carbon reduction-related legislation.
  • Update, protect, maintain, and increase state funding programs to support public transit.
  • Ensure effective and efficient delivery of public transit.

Advocacy Resources

Public Transit Grants by Biennium:

  Approved Actual  Actual
Grant Source 19-21 17-19 15-17
Regional Mobility Grant  $96,630,000  $101,786,000  $56,300,000
Rural Mobility Grant  $32,223,000  $32,223,000  $20,400,000
Special Needs  $48,401,000  $40,676,000  $32,500,000
Vanpool Investment Program $10,290,000  $10,702,000  $7,000,000
Tiered List (Package)  $28,048,000  $20,891,000  $13,900,000
Commute Trip   $8,455,000  $7,954,000  $6,400,000
Coordination Grants (PS only)  $2,000,000  $2,000,000  $1,000,000
Green Transportation Grant Program*NEW  $12,000,000 N/A N/A
Totals   $238,047,000  $ 216,232,000  $137,500,000


Grant Information Resources

Source of all information below is WSDOT Public Transportation Website

2019-2021 Regional Mobility Grant Projects Award: CLICK HERE

2019-2021 Consolidated Grant Projects Awards: CLICK HERE

2019-2021 Vanpool Investment Grant Projects Awarded: CLICK HERE

2019-2021 Transportation Budget Links:

WSTA Transportation Budget Comparison Document: Download HERE
This Document outlines the various proposed budget by the Governor, House, and Senate as it compares to the Final Approved Transportation Budget. 


2019-2021 Budget Links: 

2019-21 Conference Proposal

WSDOT Regional Mobility & Tiered List Tracking Document: Download Here
WSDOT Consolidated Grant Tracking Document: Not Yet Available

Other Helpful links to see proposed budgets and legislation, and monitor committee schedules:


WSTA Legislative Priorities Archive:

WSTA 2019 Priority Bills:

  • Driving Abstract Technical Changes: HB 1360 Approved
  • Unit Pricing: SB 5418  Approved
  • Advancing green transportation adoption: HB 2042 - Approved
  • RFP Procurement Changes (Sunshine Cmt Recs): HB 1538 & SB 5246 Did not Pass Cut Off
  • Transit Agency Park & Ride Management: SB 5673 Did Not Pass Cut Off
  • Dont Block The Box - Transit Only Lane Enforcement: HB 1793 & SB 5789 Did Not Pass
  • Capital Budget Highlight: WSTA protected $9.7 million allocated in the last biennium from the State Volkswagen Settlement for Transit agencies.

WSTA 2018 Priority Bills:

2017-2019 Supplemental Transportation Budget Links:

2017 WSTA Legislative Passed Bills

2017 Resources & Links

2017-2019 Transportation Budget Links:

Senate Budget Links:


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