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Metro buses switch to holiday, reduced schedules this week

  • Written by King County Metro Transi
King County Metro Transit will be operating on holiday and reduced weekday schedules Christmas week and during the New Year’s holidays.

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Metro will operate a reduced weekday bus service, and on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, will operate buses on a Sunday schedule. Transit also will be on reduced weekday service during the “winter holiday period” Dec. 26-28. Details are posted on Metro’s holiday and reduced service page and in route timetables.

Using a limited schedule over holiday periods from November through January is estimated to save Metro about $1 million each year. These are planned reductions for holiday periods when Metro has historically seen a reduction in the number of weekday riders – estimated to be 15 percent or more systemwide.

Sunday schedules will be in effect on the following holidays:

• Tuesday, Dec. 25 – Christmas

• Tuesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day

The reduced weekday schedule will be in effect on:

• Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve

• Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 26-28  – winter holiday period

• Monday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve

• Monday, Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On days with reduced weekday schedules, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and other routes have individual trips canceled. Also, Metro makes some adjustments to routes that serve the University of Washington (UW). When the UW is not in session, there will be some bus trip reductions.

Many routes will have no changes. If the route is not listed below, it has no changes when reduced weekday service is in effect.

Routes canceled during a “reduced weekday schedule”

7EX, 15EX,17EX, 21EX, 29, 48EX, 56EX, 62, 114, 152, 161, 192, 201, 210, 237,

243, 250, 268, 304, 308, 316, 330, 355, 601, 930, 935.

Routes with fewer trips during reduced weekday schedule operation

(Identified in customer timetables with an “H”) 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,

19, 24, 26EX, 28EX, 33, 36, 40, 41, 43, 44, 47, 48, 50, 60, 64, 70, 76, 77, 101,

102, 107, 110, 111, 116, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 140, 143, 150, 153, 157, 158, 159, 168, 169, 177, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 190, 202, 203, 212, 214, 216, 218, 224, 232, 242, 244, 245, 246, 252, 255, 257, 265, 269, 303, 311, 312, 331, 342, 358, 907, 931.

Routes with designated trips canceled when the UW is not in session (Identified in timetables) 31, 32, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 205, 271, 277, 372, 373.


An overview of all Metro holiday service is online at metro.kingcounty.gov/up/holiday-service.html. Visit Metro Online for more information, or call the Customer Information Office at(206-553-3000.

For information about King County Water Taxi service – and DART Shuttle routes 773 and 775 – during the holidays, visit www.kingcounty.gov/watertaxi.

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