A just-in-case map gets the call

King County Metro Transit, in coordination with area jurisdictions, including the City of Seattle, has long designated a network of high-ridership bus routes that can use typically plowed streets and which avoid steep hills to provide a reduced but core level of service during major snow events.

It is fortunate that weather conditions over the last six years had not necessitated the activation of Metro’s Emergency Snow Network and the publication of their Emergency Snow Network map. That is until two days ago.

Where in King County? Seattle Has a New Tunnel!

It has been a mere 10 years since then Governor Christine Gregoire chose a tunnel option to replace the Highway 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct. Replacement of the viaduct was urgent because of the damage done to the viaduct by the Nisqually Earthquake. The new SR 99 tunnel is now open to the public! Remember Bertha?…

When is a location not a location?

Cartographers and GIS analysts often have to make choices about where, within a given map space, to position points that represent real-world features. Shouldn’t be a big deal though, should it? A place is a place, a location a location. It’s just there. You know, where the house or building or parking lot, or whatever, sits on the ground! Well, it isn’t that simple.

Where in King County? Muddy Water

I travel via Sounder Commuter train from Edmonds to my job at King County every day. I maintain that I have the most beautiful commute in the world: blue skies above Puget Sound dotted with sailboats and fishing boats in the summer. Awesome sunsets in the spring and autumn. Sometimes during autumn mornings, commuters who…

Mapping sounds from cities and nature

I’m planning a trip to Hawaii, maybe in early spring, and one of the things about Hawaii I really enjoy is the sound of the unique birds found only there. Now there is a web site that documents sounds from around the world. Cities and Memory describes its site as… …a global collaborative sound project…

2019 GIS Training in Seattle from King County GIS

King County GIS is excited to announce our January through July 2019 schedule of face-to-face GIS training classes in Seattle. Instructor-led face-to-face training provides the ideal learning environment for developing hands-on GIS skills. Put yourself in the picture by signing up for KCGIS training today! Our GIS training program provides benefits to your employer through…

New Year GIS Training in Seattle: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (January 8-9, 2019)

Do you have 2018 Training Budget left-over? Its time to register for GIS training in Seattle to build your GIS skills. Face to face, instructor-led training builds a solid foundation in GIS to advance your career. The King County GIS Center is offering its new two-day Introduction to ArcGIS Pro Course early in January. GIS Software Used: ArcGIS…