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June 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Constantine: Metro and Sound Transit must plan as one

Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit will write a report by September about how to integrate their service and reap an “efficiency dividend,” County Executive Dow Constantine announced Thursday. He is currently the chairman of Sound Transit’s governing board, “so I can credibly say it’s a good time to take the relationship to the…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Dow Constantine, King County Metro Transit, RapidRide

June 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

South Park Bridge to open June 30

King County’s new South Park drawbridge will open to traffic June 30, after four years of dead-end streets at the longtime Duwamish River crossing. The bridge is expected to carry 20,000 vehicles a day, including 3,000 freight trucks near Boeing Field. “Not only will this help local manufacturers and family-owned businesses, it will reunite working communities in the Lower…

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Comments | Topics: Dow Constantine, Kiewit, King County

June 2, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Seattle mayor misses deadline to compromise on new ride-service rules

Today was Mayor Ed Murray’s self-imposed deadline to negotiate a regulatory compromise between the city of Seattle and companies providing illegal ride-services uberX, Lyft, and Sidecar. But mayor’s spokesman Jeff Reading says Murray is going to spend another week discussing city regulations that were initially set to go into effect in mid-April. According to…

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Comments | Topics: Dow Constantine, Lyft, Mayor Ed Murray

May 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

King County proposes regulation of uberX, Lyft and Sidecar

King County officials who have watched the Seattle City Council struggle to manage uberX, Lyft and Sidecar ride services for more than a year will now be stepping into the regulatory fray. King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed legislation today that would require higher insurance standards of the services countywide. The services use smart-phone apps to…

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Comments | Topics: Dow Constantine, King County, rideshare

May 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Seattle voters could see a car-tab fee for transit

UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.:  King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a new program today that would let cities, employers, or other institutions buy bus service hours, by signing “Community Mobility Contracts.” Cities such as Seattle could either pay for buses that are on the chopping block due to a Metro budget shortfall; add service to crowded routes; or…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: car tabs, Dow Constantine, Ed Murray

April 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Metro’s cut list: Rush-hour trips, nighttime suburban service

The first wave of King County Metro Transit cuts in September will focus on reducing peak-time trips, rather than leaving cities or neighborhoods completely stranded. General Manager Kevin Desmond today released a detailed list showing a plan to eliminate 166,000 operating hours a year. The plan is to be transmitted to the Metropolitan King County Council…

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Comments | Topics: Dow Constantine, King County Metro Transit, King County Proposition 1

February 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM

King County Exec. Dow Constantine lays out goals

In a characteristically staid State of the County address, King County Executive Dow Constantine today laid out goals for the next year to join Seattle’s work on early learning and income inequality. Constantine barely touched on the year’s hottest political issue, the $15 minimum wage proposal in Seattle. He said he is letting Seattle Mayor Ed…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: Dow Constantine, King County

January 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Inquest ordered into fatal shooting by Tukwila police

An inquest was ordered today into a fatal shooting by Tukwila police at a grocery store on Dec. 7. An employee of the Cash and Carry store in the 200 block of Andover Park East called 911 to report that a masked man armed with a handgun was inside attempting to rob the store. Police surrounded the…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Dow Constantine, officer-involv ed shooting, Shooting inquest

November 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Metro Transit union contract would defer raises to help Metro

A proposed union contract for 4,200 transit workers would defer next year’s raise, to help King County Metro survive funding problems over the next several months. If members approve, cost-of-living increases would be 0, 2 percent, and 2 percent over the next three years, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced at a morning news conference, along with local union…

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November 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Inquest ordered in case of man slain after he shot Metro driver

King County Executive Dow Constantine has ordered an inquest into the fatal shooting of a man killed by Seattle police in August after he shot and wounded a Metro bus driver. Martin Anwar Duckworth, 31, described as a street criminal with a history of drug offenses and mental-health problems, attacked the driver, DeLoy Dupuis, on Aug. 12. Police…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: bus driver, bus shooting, Dan Satterberg

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