Cantwell Announces $3.9M Grant for Improved Bus Service in Rural Washington Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will receive $3,932,622 in federal funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to provide improved bus service to rural areas across the state. 

“Many rural transit agencies in Washington state have limited financial resources to maintain their capital assets in a state of good repair,” Senator Cantwell said in a letter supporting the department’s grant application earlier this year. 

WSDOT will receive funding for the replacement and expansion of vehicles and equipment for four transit agencies providing rural service in Clallam, Grant, Island, and Kittitas counties. The new vehicles will improve safety, access, and mobility for transit riders in rural Washington. 

The funding comes from the FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program, which assists in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects. It supports the replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing, or leasing of buses or related equipment, and the rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing, or leasing of bus-related facilities.