Kudos! Trailhead Direct program featured for improving access to trails 

Launched in 2017, the Trailhead Direct program was recently highlighted on the REI store blog, with one writer sharing how the program encourages residents to both drive less and explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Reliant on the weather, the program will star back up later this year. Read the full article here.  Kudos to our innovative programs, like Trailhead Director, for helping residents to better access the outdoors and for minimizing traffic! 

Executive Constantine shares his experience participating in the annual point-in-time homeless count 

Executive Dow Constantine shares his experience participating in the annual point-in-time count of people who are experiencing homelessness in King County. It included responding to a young person who was struggling and asked for help.  

March dates for DCHS School-to-Work Transition Resource Fairs 

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is hosting its 12th-annual  School-to-Work Transition Resource Fairs for students with disabilities and their families. Sponsored by King County Developmental Disabilities Division, this fair will include workshops for families, educators, and students. Learn about supported employment, community resources, transportation, parks and recreation programs, family advocacy, and housing. Learn more about the fairs here and in the video below.  Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Highline College. Register here.   Wednesday, March 27, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Microsoft. Register here.

2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan Update – Staff Kickoff Lunch and Learn 

All staff are invited to learn about King County’s commitment to confront climate change and understand how to contribute to a major update to the County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) that will start in 2019. The SCAP is King County’s five-year blueprint for County action to confront climate change, integrating climate change considerations into all areas of County operations and our work with communities. Based on high demand, we’ve added a final lunch and learn session in March to outline the SCAP update process and share how staff can engage and contribute ideas…. Read More

Executive Constantine talks transit with The New York Times 

In a recent article, The New York Times highlighted how West Coast cities are leading the way in innovative public transportation, as compared to East Coast cities. It included commentary from transit experts and regional leaders in Los Angeles, New York, and here in King County, featuring King County Executive Dow Constantine.  “Folks are tired of sitting in traffic,” he said. “They’re mindful of the environmental implications of driving.”  Read more in Why the West Coast Is Suddenly Beating the East Coast on Transportation. Image courtesy of The New York Times. 

Recent episode of King County @ Your Service show covers wide range of topics 

Join host Kimberly Hill for the most recent episode of King County @ Your Service. It covers the Protection Order Advocacy Program from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the King County Archives, the Roads Division and Supported Employment, King County Adoption Services, women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from the Water and Land Resources Division, the new Hearing Loop in Council Chambers, and King County’s “Mole.”

We want to hear from you: Share your feedback about service in the winter storm 

Crossposted from Metro Matters  A message from Rob Gannon, General Manager of King County Metro  For the first time ever, King County Metro enacted its Emergency Snow Network for four days – from Saturday, Feb. 9, through Tuesday, Feb. 12 – when one of the worst snowstorms in decades hit the region.   It was a challenging period for all of us, and I want to thank our riders for their patience, kind words and helpful feedback. We know it was cold, inconvenient and stressful, but we were inspired by the way you… Read More

Keeping King County safe and moving during the winter storm 

View the video below to see Executive Dow Constantine provide an overview of the actions King County is taking to keep the region safe and moving during the biggest winter storm in years.  This video includes footage of Executive Dow Constantine meeting with King County  Metro vehicle maintenance employees, Facilities Maintenance Division employees, and staff at the Emergency Operations Center. He also visited the new Jefferson Day Center, which is operated by the Salvation Army through a contract with King County Department of Community and Human Services. 

Executive visits employees helping to keep County agencies open and staffed 

Our Facilities Management Division (FMD) employees have been working hard to remove snow and ice from about 40 buildings, ensuring access is safe for community members and staff. These employees have been working eight days straight with 4 a.m. start times to clear paths around our facilities. Their work has kept buildings safe, and dealt with blown tires and rough roads during poor conditions. They have worked collaboratively with leadership and other agencies while staying overnight, away from their families. To thank them for their continued dedication, King County Executive Dow Constantine stopped by for a… Read More

King County Metro to restore most bus service as road conditions improve 

Crossposted from Metro Matters  King County Executive Dow Constantine Tuesday directed Metro to restore most of its bus service and shift operations to snow routes starting Wednesday, Feb. 13. This will allow Metro to switch from operating its core Emergency Snow Network (ESN) and expand to providing service on at least 90 percent of routes across King County. Road conditions will be evaluated as Metro repairs and restores its fleet and ramps back up to full service in the coming days.  Read more from Metro Matters