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.

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(Photo: Dan Bernard)

More than 170 jobseekers received valuable information about jobs and tips for applying online, at the event held Nov. 16 at the YWCA Learning Center at Greenbridge in White Center. Staff worked with community-based partners and WorkSource providers to get the word out and increase access to jobs to more candidates from traditionally underserved and under-represented communities. Nearly three-fourths of the attendees were people of color, nearly a third were women, and 40 percent came from targeted Communities of Opportunity of Rainier Valley, White Center, SeaTac, and Tukwila. Continue reading Recruiting new employees from King County’s “Communities of Opportunity”

Recognizing our military veterans and reservists at KCDOT

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by Harold S. Taniguchi
Director, King County Dept. of Transportation

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Teresa Tobin, a Metro operator and military veteran

This weekend we pause as a grateful nation to salute the men and women who answered the call to serve in our country’s armed forces. Continue reading Recognizing our military veterans and reservists at KCDOT

From deckhand to climate change manager

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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. Continue reading From deckhand to climate change manager

Regional Transportation Summit examines major road issues

transpsummit3Our roads in King County are interconnected. From a 10-minute increase in the time it can take to drive the Issaquah-Hobart Road, to what one mayor described as the “Covington crawl,” traffic congestion inside the cities of East and South King County is getting worse — and it doesn’t stop at the city line. Continue reading Regional Transportation Summit examines major road issues

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

budgetworking_1_webby 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. Continue reading Council adopts new investments for regional mobility in 2017-18 budget

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

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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 Facebook video here).  Continue reading What’s at stake for regional transportation under the Trump Administration

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 a number of proposals which would enable our divisions to continue and improve our essential services in support of those goals.

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We heard a tale of two budgets: one, a general fund budget which is unrealistically capped below the rate of inflation; the second, a transit budget bolstered by increased sales tax revenue and solid stewardship of our finances and business practices. It’s important to know that by statute, funds for public transit cannot be shifted to pay for other uses, like criminal justice or public safety. Continue reading Transportation proposals in the Executive’s budget