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

Crossposted from Metro Matters

0317DOT-ESJ-Workshop006As 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 employees (which she calls “shared learning opportunities”), and played an instrumental role in shaping a vision for making Metro and King County government more equitable for all employees and residents. Continue reading Metro’s Anita Whitfield: Paving the way for equity in public transit

GoGreen and “The Future of Transportation”

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

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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 with businesses and the community for shared success on green building, wind and solar energy, transit-oriented development, and the nation’s leading commitment on electric buses. Continue reading GoGreen and “The Future of Transportation”

Connecting Eastside bus riders with congestion-free light rail

520 busFor 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 explore several of these potential options, which include stopping cross-lake buses at the University of Washington light rail station so riders can transfer onto trains headed to downtown, and providing Eastside communities with new transit connections to destinations such as South Lake Union. Routes potentially affected include the 252, 255, 257, 268, 277, 311, 540, 541, 542, 545, 555 and 556. Continue reading Connecting Eastside bus riders with congestion-free light rail

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

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:

  • occ-media-briefing-powepointDemolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and construction of a new Seattle waterfront,
  • Construction of a new downtown streetcar which will connect the First Hill and South Lake Union streetcar lines via 1st Avenue and Stewart Street,
  • Continuing public and private construction, including expansion of the Washington State Convention Center set to begin in late 2018, and
  • The long-planned conversion of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel to a rail-only facility. Relocating buses that now use the tunnel to surface streets will enable the extension of light rail to Northgate in 2021 and the Eastside and Lynnwood in 2023 – at which time light rail can operate every four minutes in each direction through the Center City, with four-car trains that can move up to 800 riders each.

Continue reading Keeping the region moving through Seattle construction

New DOT Communications Manager has seen the battlefield and the Beltway

pionk-1The new Communications Manager for King County DOT is a self-described “military brat,” who has just retired from a remarkable career in which he helped legitimize the government of Afghanistan, advised a Presidential appointee at the Pentagon, and spoke for the Army on the integration of women into combat duty.

Jerome Pionk was born in Seoul, Korea, to a Korean mother and an American combat engineer. Over his 22-year military career he held a variety of leadership and staff positions around the world, and since 2004 served as an Army spokesman and Public Affairs Officer. Continue reading New DOT Communications Manager has seen the battlefield and the Beltway

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.”

expanded-mass-transitTransit expansions approved by voters in November include light rail to Everett, Tacoma, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Ballard and West Seattle; bus rapid transit along I-405; and Sounder train expansions in the South Puget Sound region. Through the vision of our METRO CONNECTS long-range plan, Metro will integrate with Sound Transit to deliver a seamless, integrated, high-capacity transportation system that meets the needs of the future. Continue reading Transportation accomplishments nab 4 spots in County Executive’s Top 16 for 2016

Transforming Northgate into a vibrant urban center

aerial view of park and ride lotPutting homes next to transit only makes sense, so King County Metro is partnering with Sound Transit and the City of Seattle to transform the Northgate Transit Center into an urban center with a vibrant mix of affordable and market-rate housing.

Continue reading Transforming Northgate into a vibrant urban center

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