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…

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…

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…

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…

Metro’s Anita Whitfield: Paving the way for equity in public transit

Crossposted from Metro Matters As Metro’s EEO/Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Anita Whitfield has been breaking down barriers and instilling a shared sense of responsibility for promoting equity and social justice. Whitfield has worked to create a culture where employees feel safe to have difficult discussions about historical and current inequities. She’s led training for many…