Metro Transit operator shares experience in KUOW story 

King County bus operator Nathan Vass was profiled in a recent KUOW article. It focused on his experiences driving a bus throughout different parts of Seattle and his community engagement work as a filmmaker, writer and photographer. The article quotes Nathan saying:  “If I say hi to people on the 7, they will say something in response. I don’t drive that route because it’s more cool, or more dangerous, or something like that, but because the people are more friendly. If I’m going to spend eight hours in one neighborhood, I want… Read More

Saving SoundGuardian 

Crossposted from the Downstream Blog  On the night of Saturday, Nov. 10, a four-alarm fire started at a lumberyard right across from the King County Environmental Lab.  The fire was the largest Seattle has seen since 2010 with flames shooting over 100 feet into the air, according to the Seattle Fire Department blog. In the end, the fire that burned two buildings to the ground and damaged three others was determined to be arson.  That night, in addition to the 142 firefighters that helped fight the fire, King County employees were coordinating their own… Read More

King County partner named best cat café in America 

RASKC partner Seattle Meowtropolitan was named “Best Cat Café in America” by a national online news magazine, Hoodline. The café in Wallingford was recognized for its work to find new homes for cats, as well as its financial contributions to animal welfare organizations. The ranking was also based on its Yelp reviews, which are some of the highest in the nation. RASKC shared the honors on its social media channels, and the Executive also shared the good news with his social followers, saying, “One of the ways we increased the pet adoption rate by a record… Read More

Plan ahead, expect delays during SR 99 closure beginning Jan. 11, 2019

Dear fellow King County employee, Starting January 11, 2019, after the evening commute, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will close SR 99 through downtown Seattle for approximately three weeks, and permanently close the SR 99 Viaduct. Additional ramp closures mean this work could create up to six weeks of traffic disruption. No matter how you commute, or where from, you should expect significant delays during these closures and be prepared for crowded buses, trains, water taxis, and light rail. All buses coming into or through downtown Seattle will face delays…. Read More

Inmate program provides opportunity and education 

The Maleng Regional Justice Center’s Janitorial Certificate Program was recently featured on KING5 News. A story highlighting the program aired on Nov. 2 that featured how the custodial program sparks positive change for inmates.   Through an interview with Renton Technical College instructor Martin Douthit and current students, the video shows how programs like this provide people a second chance.  View the below or at this link.

Executive meets with employees from Native American Leadership Council  

King County Executive Dow Constantine recently met with employees from the County’s Native American Leadership Council (NALC) to learn about their experiences as employees, what the County can do to bring more Native American employees into its workforce and help them advance, and how the County can be more effective in serving Native people in local communities.  At his November 19 Employee Listening Session, Executive Constantine discussed a wide range of issues with Tristen Gardner from the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, Andy Boland from Parks Division, Natasha Frazier from the Department… Read More

Take the King County Parks and Trails User Survey!

What do you think of King County Parks such as Cougar Mountain, Marymoor Park or the Sammamish River Trail? As part of our commitment to improving visitor experience, King County Parks is looking for visitor opinions – what’s great about King County’s parks, trails, and natural areas, and what could be improved to make them even better. Take our survey to provide feedback! The survey will be open until Dec. 7.  Upon completing the survey, respondents can leave their email addresses to be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to a concert at… Read More

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like driving a 60-foot-long articulated Metro bus, you’re not alone 

Crossposted from Metro Matters  King County Metro’s 3,000 drivers make it look easy. They’re master curb huggers and their turning radius down sometimes busy and narrow streets in Seattle and across King County is on point! To get a better sense of the widths and turning radius of buses, the team at the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) got together with Metro’s safety and training sections to go for a spin.  Read more here or watch the video below. 

Roads crews prep for winter weather 

Crossposted from Keeping Communities Connected For the King County Road Services Division, known as Roads, it’s never too early to begin prepping for snow, ice and other wintery weather. Recently, planning work began with partner jurisdictions, King County Metro, school districts and emergency service providers to determine which routes will be plowed during a major weather event. The priority routes are now mapped and available on the Roads Snow and Ice webpage. Read more at Keeping Communities Connected

Updating Industrial Waste Fee Structure: Next Steps – Fall 2018 

Crossposted from Clean Water Stories  The King County Industrial Waste (KCIW) program has been working on a proposal to update the structure of its fee system. Changes require a two-step decision-making process. First the King County Council considers updating the King County Code. Pending Council approval, the Department of Natural Resources and Parks develops a Public Rule.  Thirty-year old fee structure is out of date KCIW is funded by fees paid by regulated facilities, and the range of facilities we regulate has changed over the last 30 years. These changes follow national… Read More