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.
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
King County Metro offers alternative connections to parts of our communities that don’t have the infrastructure, density, or land use to support traditional fixed-route bus service. The newest such service, Redmond LOOP, was kicked off Sept. 9 in Redmond by King County Executive Dow Constantine.
Continue reading Metro partners on new shuttle van service for Redmond
An estimated $30 million investment in Metro Transit to reduce overcrowding and improve reliability is part of the County Executive’s budget proposal he will unveil Sept. 26, adding 300,000 hours of bus service over the next two years as well as providing additional funding for safety enhancements, operator training, and systems investments that support the long-range vision of METRO CONNECTS, See more in the Executive’s remarks at the Impact HUB in Seattle’s Pioneer Square on Sept. 7: Continue reading New investments in service, safety, and reliability proposed for Metro
More than 1,000 units of affordable housing will be built over the next five years within a half-mile of Metro Transit centers and Sound Transit light rail stations, under a bill signed by Executive Constantine to invest up to $87 million in his Transit-Oriented Development Bond Allocation Program.
Continue reading Creating affordable housing around transit stations