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Dow Constantine



Celebrate New Year’s Eve with free rides on King County Metro
King County Metro will usher in 2019 with free rides for all customers starting at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. People celebrating or working late will also be able to ride the Seattle Streetcar for free, and Sound Transit Link light rail will be extending service to 2 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1. Metro bus routes will operate on Sunday service schedules Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Many Metro routes provide frequent service on Sundays and holidays.


Harborview Hall opening to welcome up to 100 adults and their pets to warm, safe shelter on First Hill
King County is opening the first floor of the vacant Harborview Hall building on Seattle’s First Hill to create shelter for up to 100 men and women experiencing homelessness. Metro and Solid Ground are increasing the capacity of the Seattle Circulator bus to help people who need transportation to and from the shelter to the downtown area and bus tickets will be available to help others get to work or appointments.


A new path forward: moving towards a regional structure and approach to tackle homelessness
Following a series of recommendations to unify the region’s approach to homelessness, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and other regional leaders outlined their support for a new unified entity that would set policy and fund solutions to make homelessness rare, brief, and one time.


Emergency and long-range actions to ensure the survival of native kokanee salmon
Under the direction of Executive Dow Constantine, King County is partnering with tribes, cities, state and federal agencies, and property owners on both emergency and long-range actions to ensure the survival of the native kokanee salmon after a sudden, alarming decline in returning spawners.


Executive Constantine on Affordable Care Act ruling: 'This is outrageous and dangerous'
King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement in response to a Texas federal judge's ruling on the Affordable Care Act.


Getting ready for viaduct closure: More transit options, including on-demand service to Water Taxi sailings
Starting Dec. 17, West Seattle commuters will be able to use a new mobile app offering on-demand rides to and from King County Metro bus routes and Water Taxi sailings. The Ride2 Transit app is part of a package of new services including additional Water Taxi sailings, shuttles, and parking options during the Viaduct closure.


Executive Constantine on the passing of SeaTac Councilmember Amina Ahmed
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on the passing of SeaTac Councilmember Amina Ahmed.

King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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