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Executive details new Dept. of Local Services in proposed 2019-2020 budget

The new Department of Local Services, established by ordinance last week by the King County Council, is now part of the 2019-2020 King County budget which Executive Dow Constantine this week proposed to the Council. In formalizing the new department, the Executive highlighted several key investments he is proposing to improve the coordination and delivery of…

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: 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…

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…