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…

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…

Council adopts new investments for regional mobility in 2017-18 budget

by Harold S. Taniguchi Director, King County Dept. of Transportation After months of hard work, I want to thank the King County Council for embracing many of the Executive’s proposals and adopting our $1.9 billion biennial operating budget and $1.2 billion capital investment plan for 2017-2018. The adopted budget makes significant investments in 88 Metro…

What’s at stake for regional transportation under the Trump Administration

In response to last week’s election of a new President, King County Executive Dow Constantine met with his Cabinet this morning to examine the potential consequences for King County, then met with the press to advocate for protecting what’s important for our region, including regional health insurance, human services, environmental protection, and transportation.. (See the full…

Transportation proposals in the Executive’s budget

As the largest and most visible department in King County, our work at the King County Department of Transportation is critical to achieving the goals Executive Constantine set for his administration: to become a best-run government, to confront inequities and climate change, and to provide transportation mobility. The biennial budget he announced on September 26 includes…