King County’s Green Globe award this year went to the Wilderness Society for that organization’s work as a “Leader in Access to the Outdoors” and for its commitment to expand the reach of King County Metro’s Trailhead Direct program.
Trailhead Direct seeks to ease vehicle congestion, reduce safety hazards, and expand access for all to nearby parks and popular trails. 10,000 riders used the service in 2018, which greatly exceeded the county’s expectations. The Wilderness Society praised its partner, the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, for their work to connect immigrant and refugee communities to nearby public lands and called on Seattle and King County to continue to expand the transit service to reach more communities across the region.
The award is shared with the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, and we look forward to working with them and other partners to promote the Trailhead Direct service this year.