King County Council at dais

Council establishes new Department of Local Services

by Harold S. Taniguchi Director, King County Dept. of Transportation Local Services Transition Lead On behalf of all who work with residents of unincorporated King County, I want to thank members of the Metropolitan King County Council for unanimously adopting an ordinance to make our new King County Department of Local Services a reality. As you…

2017 in review: Metro Transit fares made simpler for all and more accessible

The year 2017 saw adjustments to Metro Transit fares aimed at making public transit easier for all to use and understand and more affordable for those in need. Youth ridership on buses, trains and streetcars increased dramatically last summer when King County Executive Dow Constantine launched a pilot program offering reduced 50-cent fares for youth…

2017 in review: Construction and new branding for the King County Water Taxi

By any measure, 2017 was one of the busiest years on record for the King County Water Taxi with new construction, new branding, ridership pacing last year’s record numbers, and recognition with two national awards. Construction begins on future Water Taxi facility: King County Executive Dow Constantine joined Governor Jay Inslee, Washington Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary…

2017 in review: Leading the nation in the transition to battery-powered buses

King County Executive Dow Constantine is accelerating the transition to zero-emissions transportation by making one of the largest bus fleets in the US all-electric by as early as 2034. Under his leadership, and that of DOT Director Harold Taniguchi and Metro General Manager Rob Gannon, Metro is not only upgrading its fleet to battery-powered buses,…

Recruiting new employees from King County’s “Communities of Opportunity”

As part of the ongoing work to dismantle racial injustice that can persist in our policies and systems, KCDOT recently partnered with staff from the County’s Communities of Opportunity initiative and the Department of Community and Human Services to recruit new employees for entry-level and journey-level job openings. More than 170 jobseekers received valuable information about jobs and tips for…