What is a Transit Development Plan?

WSDOT and FTA require Ben Franklin Transit to submit a six-year Transit Development Plan (TDP) annually. This is a six-year projection of operating and capital expenditures as well as goals, accomplishments and organizational structure for our transit agency.


The TDP is a six-year transit plan required by the Washington State Legislature and Federal Transit Administration. The TDP is prepared by the independent transit properties and submitted to the State DOT for approval and final submittal to the Federal Transit Administration. The TDP includes a summary document which shows the size of the fleet, costs, revenue, service revenue hours, revenue miles, expenses, operating characteristics and capital expenditures. Public hearings and a thirty-day comment period are held to obtain input from the public on the TDP. The POP is a listing of planned capital expenditures including construction, vehicles, equipment and consulting support that are funded with FTA grants, state and local funding.

NOTICE: Public Comment Period Is Now Open for 2020 Transit Development Plan

Comment period ends November 8, 2020.

Members of the public are encouraged to review the plan and provide feedback on the TDP and how the document can be improved to ensure BFT has identified future transit needs of the communities we serve.

Comments may be submitted by mail (postage-free comment cards available at BFT ticket outlets), by phone at 509.735.5100 or Language Line service, or by email to CustomerComment@bft.org.

The document can be reviewed below or provided via email or mail upon request.