King County Executive
King County takes action to root out racial disparity in juvenile justice system
While the number of youth in juvenile detention has dropped from a peak of 205 in 1999 to a low of 45 last year, racial disparity has grown. King County leaders announced new actions to end racial disproportionality, decriminalize homelessness and mental illness, and partner with schools and communities.
Executive Constantine delivers new water taxi to better connect Vashon Island to downtown Seattle
The MV Sally Fox, which was largely funded by federal grants, provides 45 percent more seating capacity than the current vessel serving Vashon Island. It's one more example of King County's commitment to offer transportation choices that get more people, more places, more often.
Executive Constantine urges House Transportation Committee to authorize full funding for light rail expansion
Executive Constantine testified in Olympia on the state transportation bill that will also fund completion of projects such as SR 520, SR 509, and SR 405, as well as preserve King County's deteriorating roads and bridges.
Executive Constantine applauds introduction of federal Crude-by-Rail Safety Act by Senators Cantwell and Murray
With nearly 3 billion gallons a year of crude oil now being transported through Washington, Executive Constantine applauds Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray for introducing comprehensive legislation to protect Northwest communities.
Executive Constantine at White House for national discussion about funding infrastructure
In a visit to The White House, Executive Constantine will represent the Central Puget Sound region at a roundtable discussion about infrastructure financing. White House officials, Cabinet members, governors, and mayors will also attend. As one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S., King County needs a sustainable funding model that keeps up with increasing demand for infrastructure.
After five years, consumers have embraced the Affordable Care Act
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Susan Johnson, Region 10 director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, co-authored this op-ed about the success of the Affordable Care Act in Washington state, which has registered more than 160,000 residents.
Executive thanks Metro driver who calmly helped riders after piling crashed through roof of bus
Executive Constantine today thanked the Metro bus driver who acted quickly to help passengers Tuesday night after a 120-foot-long construction piling crashed through the roof of his bus on State Route 520.
Linked up: Transit agencies working together on bus changes as Link expands to Husky Stadium
Extending Link service to the UW is an example of how investments in light rail and better coordination by local transit agencies are moving the region forward. Public meetings are planned for March, while Seattle street improvements are underway, and downtown Seattle bus tunnel changes take effect in September.
Elected leaders gather in Portland as surge in oil-train traffic increases risk to public safety
The third gathering of the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance—elected leaders representing cities and counties across the Pacific Northwest—comes one month after a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation predicted a significant increase in hazardous oil-train derailments.
Executive encouraged by Senate action on state transportation package
Executive Constantine responds to the state transportation package that was approved by the Senate.