New projects will improve transportation on the Eastside, after construction impacts

By 2024, commuters on the Eastside will enjoy a new era of fast, reliable transportation on light rail, bus rapid transit, and many local street improvements. But first comes what one leader called an inevitable “five or six years of pain” from construction of those projects. More than 90 regional leaders met May 5 in…

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…

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…

Connecting Eastside bus riders with congestion-free light rail

For Eastside bus riders commuting into downtown Seattle, potential new connections between Metro Transit and Link light rail offer an appealing option for beating the congestion of traffic on Interstate-5. Eastside residents have a chance to weigh in on these potential new connections through Link Connections: SR-520, a partnership between Metro and Sound Transit to…

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…

Keeping the region moving through Seattle construction

As growth continues throughout the region, a number of major transportation projects will converge in downtown Seattle in a roughly three-year window, from late 2018 to the end of 2021: Demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and construction of a new Seattle waterfront, Construction of a new downtown streetcar which will connect the First Hill…

Transportation accomplishments nab 4 spots in County Executive’s Top 16 for 2016

Four advances in regional mobility this year earned mention in Executive Constantine’s Top 16 in 2016 year-in-review list. King County DOT is proud to support progress on what the Executive called “the most important issues of our generation.” Voters approve region’s biggest expansion of mass transit Transit expansions approved by voters in November include light rail…