battery bus on street

Metro testing new extended-range electric battery buses

Cross-posted from Metro Matters To take advantage of new strides in battery bus technology, Metro Transit is test driving a new Proterra extended-range electric battery bus, capable of traveling at least 140 miles on a single charge, and with new flexibility to use a fast-charge system or overnight charging. We’re putting it through some initial…

Rob Gannon and Transportation Director Harold Taniguchi

Changes ahead for Metro and DOT

by Harold S. Taniguchi Director, King County Dept. of Transportation Executive Constantine announced this week that he is working with the County Council to make a big change: In early 2019, Metro Transit will become a stand-alone County department, no longer part of the Department of Transportation. This change makes sense. Public transportation is a…

KCDOT works with local consulates to reach Spanish-speaking customers

As part of our commitment to delivering accessible service to all residents of King County, regardless of their place of origin, KCDOT leadership recently met with the local consuls of five Latin American nations to help us improve our communications with Spanish-speaking customers. Nearly one of every 10 King County residents is of Hispanic/Latinx origin, according…

Captain with students

Confronting climate change aboard a floating classroom

The King County Water Taxi functioned as a floating classroom recently for a firsthand lesson on how King County is confronting climate change. On an unusually hot day on the waterfront, in the midday hours when our vessels are docked, the Marine Division hosted 13 high-schoolers from the Woodland Park Zoo’s Seattle Youth Climate Action Network (Seattle Youth…

Doubling down on equity and social justice

King County’s ambitious program to extend fairness and opportunity to all is rolling out to departments and agencies. ESJ goal areas Leadership, operations, and services Plans, policies, and budgets Workplace and workforce Community partnerships Communication and education Facility and system improvements Source: Implementation Plan for Six Goal Areas, 2016-2018 (King County) First came the six-year…

GoGreen and “The Future of Transportation”

by Harold S. Taniguchi Director, King County Dept. of Transportation Local action will continue to be our path forward on climate, sustainability, mobility and equity in King County, as we saw at the recent GoGreen Conference in Seattle. Thanks to the leadership of King County Executive Dow Constantine, we are addressing these challenges and partnering…

Alex Adams on bridge of Water Taxi

From deckhand to climate change manager

What Alex Adams saw in the waters of Southeast Alaska, and closer to home in Elliott Bay, impressed upon him the urgency of confronting climate change. “It became clear to me that globally, we’re in deep trouble, and we need to work collectively to change the course we’re on to ensure our oceans continue to…