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.

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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.

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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

Why Rob Gannon is the right leader now for Metro Transit

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

Working with Rob Gannon over the years, I’ve seen his passion and judgment. He is the right person to lead Metro as it rolls out new service and continues to innovate, and his selection today by Executive Constantine as Metro General Manager will help chart the course of the region’s mobility for decades to come. Continue reading Why Rob Gannon is the right leader now for Metro Transit

Bus shelter maintenance and safety, in partnership with communities

head-tableOf the 8,000 bus stops King County Metro maintains across the county, 51 are in the Rainier Beach area of South Seattle, and of those, 16 have shelters. Thanks to the 30 residents who came to a Sept. 22 town hall hosted  by the Rainier Beach Action Coalition to share their thoughts on bus shelter maintenance and safety with DOT Director Harold Taniguchi and Interim Metro GM Rob Gannon. You can watch the archived Periscope video of the entire meeting here. Continue reading Bus shelter maintenance and safety, in partnership with communities

Delivering better customer service, by listening to employees

Great customer service takes great employees. That’s why employee engagement is one of the keys to the program of continuous improvement at King County.

The 2016 King County Employee Survey is now underway, and in the video below Transportation Director Harold Taniguchi is among the County leaders who explain why the survey is important to them and how they will act on the results.

 

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