Metro working to provide transport to all Access customers after contractor network outage
Contractors that provide King County Metro’s Access Paratransit Service experienced a network outage Thursday afternoon that affected their customer database and the ability to locate and pick up passengers. Metro is asking Access riders or residents who see Access customers in need of a ride to immediately call (206) 205-5000.
Metro expands Carpool Permit Parking to 9 park-and-rides
Starting November 1, King County Metro will offer reserved parking for carpoolers at nine additional park-and-rides, including Green Lake, Aurora Village, Shoreline, Kenmore, Bear Creek, Bothell, Kingsgate, Wilburton, Renton Metropolitan Place, and Tukwila. To access reserved parking, customers must first obtain a free Carpool Parking Permit.
King County Metro to pay back wages to transit operators identified during U.S. Department of Labor review
King County Metro today informed employees that eligible transit operators will receive back wages determined by a U.S. Department of Labor review of Metro pay practices.
Seahawks park-and-ride shuttle service canceled for Oct. 1 night game
King County Metro’s direct shuttle service to Seahawks games from area park-and-ride lots has been canceled for the game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, October 1.
To improve innovation and accountability, Executive Constantine proposes to make Metro its own County department
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a plan to begin transforming King County Metro into its own department within County government by early 2019. The proposal will go to the County Council next year.
Know your transit options to Seahawks and Huskies games
Metro offers nonstop football shuttle service in partnership with the Seahawks and Huskies from several park-and-ride locations. In a change from past years, both teams are contracting for private shuttles to operate from some locations.
King County Metro riders will see more bus service, boosted Night Owl service starting Sept. 23
Riders will see more King County Metro bus service starting Sept. 23 on dozens of routes, including expanded Night Owl bus service on 13 routes, as well as more reliable service across the county. Improvements are funded by King County and Seattle’s voter-approved Proposition 1. Details are now online and new purple timetables will be available soon.
Riding Metro to the game? Plan for reroutes and changes to Husky football park-and-ride shuttle service
Fans headed to the Huskies’ home opener this Saturday at Husky Stadium can ride Metro-operated shuttle buses directly to the stadium from six park-and-ride locations. In a change from past years, the University of Washington is contracting for private shuttles to operate from the Shoreline park-and-ride and Northgate Transit Center.
Holiday schedule for Metro on Labor Day
King County Metro will operate a Sunday/holiday schedule on Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day.
Metro’s top bus driver is cheerful, patient, considerate
Metro Transit announced that James Turner is the Transit Operator of the Year. Chosen by his peers, he represents the best of Metro’s 2,800 bus drivers, who carry nearly 122 million riders each year. Turner’s family also drives for Metro, including his sister, son, daughter, cousin and four nieces.
Water Taxi resumes service following move
Following a five-day service interruption to move to its new temporary location at Pier 52, King County Water Taxi will resume its West Seattle service Saturday, Aug. 12, two days earlier than anticipated. It resumes its Vashon Island service Monday, Aug. 14.
Ride transit to the trails with Trailhead Direct
King County agencies are launching Trailhead Direct, a transit van service that seeks to ease vehicle congestion, reduce safety hazards and expand access to beloved hiking destinations in the Issaquah Alps and along I-90.
Military personnel ride free during Fleet Week
Military service members can ride free on King County Metro Transit, Sound Transit and the King County Water Taxi during Seafair Fleet Week, from August 1-6. Service members must be in uniform or show a valid military ID.
Ride Metro to Seafair festivities
The Seafair Torchlight Parade kicks off a busy week leading up to Seafair weekend and Metro has options for people traveling to see the festivities. Riders should prepare for delays and bus reroutes during Saturday’s parade and next week's events such as temporary closures of the Interstate 90 floating bridge for the Blue Angels.
Tolt Hill Bridge emergency closure update
The bridge will reopen to noncommercial pickup trucks, passenger vehicles, bikes and pedestrians on Monday, July 17.
Water Taxi to suspend service Aug. 7 for up to a week
The King County Water Taxi will suspend all service for up to one week starting Monday, Aug. 7 as the downtown Seattle terminal is relocated to accommodate construction of a new terminal.
Sound Transit, Metro to run late night service for July 4 revelers
For the first time since light rail began operating service, revelers celebrating Independence Day this year will be able to ride Link trains until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5—an hour later than normal. For bus riders, King County Metro will deploy more than 40 extra buses from 10:30 p.m. to midnight on routes serving Seattle Center, Gas Works Park, downtown and light rail stations to help crowds get home.
Tolt Hill Bridge Emergency Closure
King County Road Services has scheduled an emergency closure of Tolt Hill Bridge 1834A where Northeast Tolt Hill Road crosses the Snoqualmie River, west of the City of Carnation. Tolt Hill Bridge 1834A will fully close to traffic starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 16. Detours will be in place for travelers.
No Water Taxi service during dock construction in August
Riders of the King County Water Taxi will need to make other transportation plans for up to 10 days starting in early August.
Metro, Sound Transit seek public comment on SR 520 service concepts
King County Metro and Sound Transit seek input from transit riders and Eastside communities on three possible options for restructuring transit service on state Route 520 to connect with downtown Seattle, the University District and growing areas such as South Lake Union. The public is asked to weigh in via an online survey at the Link Connections: SR 520 website.
Metro Transit, Water Taxi schedules adjusted for May 29, Memorial Day
Riders who travel by Metro Transit buses, King County Water Taxi or Seattle Streetcar should plan ahead for schedule adjustments on Monday, May 29, Memorial Day.
Metro to increase park-and-ride enforcement
King County Metro will step up enforcement this month at several area park-and-rides to ensure customers are following the rules and that spaces are being used by transit riders. Starting May 23, drivers who break the rules will receive courtesy warnings. After June 12, vehicles will be at risk of towing after two violations.
Metro partners with Des Moines and Normandy Park to pilot new transportation solutions
King County Metro has partnered with the Cities of Des Moines and Normandy Park to pilot new transportation services for commuters and residents as the area experiences an influx of new employers. As a first step, Metro wants to hear from area workers through an online survey about their transportation needs. The survey will help shape pilot services through Metro’s Community Connections program, an innovative collaboration with local government and community partners.
Metro announces new partnership to increase park-and-ride options for transit riders
A new partnership between King County Metro and Diamond Parking Services aims to increase park-and-ride options for people connecting to transit. The pilot project and its website, Parkbytransit.com, connect people with fee-based parking on commercial and residential properties near major bus routes. Spaces will be available June 1 but customers can apply for permits starting today.
Major transit delays, reroutes expected in Seattle on May Day
Transit riders should prepare for significant traffic delays and rerouted buses in downtown Seattle on Monday, May 1, especially during the afternoon and evening commute, as dozens of Metro and Sound Transit routes will be temporarily rerouted or intermittently delayed during May Day events. Seattle First Hill and South Lake Union streetcar service also will be affected on May 1 as a result of planned marches.
Metro seeks public comment on two proposals for simplifying bus fares
As part of a public process to simplify bus fares, King County Metro has unveiled two options to make adult fare payment faster and easier for all riders. Metro developed these options with input from a community advisory group and the results from a public survey. Metro invites the public to tell us which of the two proposals they prefer via an online questionnaire.
King County honors the heroic sacrifice of firefighter Luther Dean Bonner with a new airport fire station that captures his story
King County elected officials honored the memory of Luther Dean Bonner – a Seattle firefighter whose courageous sacrifice in 1943 has been largely forgotten– and named the new rescue and fire station at King County International Airport in his memory.
Metro ready to expand late-night bus service after King County Council approval
Bus passengers traveling after 1 a.m. will have expanded late-night service under legislation approved Monday by the King County Council. It is the first major expansion of “Night Owl” bus service in 40 years.
Metro considering simpler bus fares; public invited to provide feedback
King County Metro Transit wants to hear from the public as planning begins to make paying fares to ride the bus faster, easier, and simpler for everyone.
Metro, Sound Transit seek public input on future of SR 520 transit service
King County Metro and Sound Transit want to hear from transit riders and Eastside communities to help shape the future of transit service along State Route 520.
Reserve your ride: New service gets you around and between Black Diamond and Enumclaw
Southeast King County residents have a new way to get around and between Black Diamond and Enumclaw for work, school, errands and appointments. The Black Diamond–Enumclaw Community Ride is a reservation-based service that will fully launch with a brand new vehicle on March 13 as part of King County Metro Transit’s spring service change.
More trips, better reliability: Metro Transit adding bus service March 11
King County Metro launches another round of service improvements March 11, adding trips and improving reliability on more than 80 routes. The changes affect about one-third of Metro’s bus routes at a time when the Seattle metro area leads the nation in record high ridership growth and King County has budgeted service expansion in 2017 and 2018. Details of route improvements are online and new teal timetables will be available on buses soon.
King County Metro launches In Motion program in Beacon Hill and Mount Baker neighborhoods
Metro Transit launched its latest In Motion program Feb. 22, offering people who live or work in the Beacon Hill and Mount Baker areas the opportunity to earn rewards for pledging to drive less. A new partnership with El Centro de la Raza will help promote the program and help people with limited English proficiency sign-up and participate.
Presidents Day schedule for Metro, Water Taxi
King County Metro bus riders and Water Taxi customers are reminded that revised schedules will be in effect for Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20.
Metro, SDOT expand late-night bus service for workers, travelers and nightlife denizens
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced legislation Tuesday to expand and improve late-night bus service in the City of Seattle. The proposal, which Executive Constantine will submit to the King County Council, meets demand for transit from late-night and early-morning workers, as well as those traveling off-hours to the airport and enjoying nightlife.
Starting Feb. 1, reserved park-and-ride spaces open to carpool permit holders
Starting February 1, King County Metro Transit will reserve parking spaces at six area park-and-rides until 8:30 a.m. for groups of two or more riders who display a free Carpool Parking Permit on their vehicle.
Sound Transit and King County Metro strengthening procedures on service disruptions associated with protest activity
At the direction of Sound Transit Chair Dave Somers and King County Executive Dow Constantine, Sound Transit and King County Metro transit have formalized a protocol under which the agencies’ senior leadership will review all future requests by law enforcement to interrupt rail or bus service during protests.
Potential strategies to keep the region moving through downtown Seattle construction outlined today
Potential strategies to improve the mobility and experience of people through downtown Seattle were jointly released today by the City of Seattle, King County Metro, Sound Transit, and the Downtown Seattle Association.
Metro Connects sets course for better transit service across King County
The King County Council on Monday approved Metro Connects, Metro Transit long-range plan and a shared vision created by transit customers, community stakeholders, regional leaders and County Executive Dow Constantine.
Transit ridership surges during Womxn’s March, sets Saturday record for Link light rail
King County and Sound Transit’s integrated transit systems logged more than 330,000 boardings on buses and light rail during the historic Womxn’s March on Seattle and set a record for Saturday ridership on Link light rail.
Plan ahead, expect delays if you’re riding Metro to the Womxn’s March on Seattle
Plan ahead and leave early if you’re riding King County Metro Transit Saturday to join the Womxn’s March on Seattle. Tens of thousands of participants are expected to attend the event, which will start at 10 a.m. with a rally at Judkins Park.
Revised Metro bus schedules for MLK Jr. holiday
Transit riders are reminded that some King County Metro bus routes will operate reduced service during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 16. The King County Water Taxi also will not be in service.
Think outside the bus: Sammamish residents invited to help shape transportation solutions
People who live, work or go to school in Sammamish are invited to take a survey about community transportation needs that aren’t being met by regular bus service.
Carpooling to transit? Metro program reserves carpool spaces at park-and-rides
Morning commuters traveling from the suburbs and areas that lack frequent transit service will soon have a new incentive to carpool to area park-and-rides and catch the bus.
Ride Metro to Seahawks playoff game
The Seattle Seahawks are back in the playoffs, and King County Metro Transit has plenty of options for getting you to Saturday’s first-round contest at CenturyLink Field.
Holiday schedules for Metro Transit, Water Taxi
King County Metro Transit riders are reminded that buses will operate on Sunday and reduced weekday schedules through Jan. 2, 2017. Details are posted on Metro’s holiday and reduced service page.
Holiday/reduced schedules for Metro Transit, Water Taxi
King County Metro Transit riders are reminded that buses will operate on Sunday and reduced weekday schedules during the coming holiday weeks.
Expect delays during Thursday night Seahawks game
The Seahawks play the Los Angeles Rams Thursday night at CenturyLink Field, meaning transit riders should plan for crowded buses and traffic delays as thousands of fans converge on Sodo, Pioneer Square and downtown.
Metro riders: Snow forecast could impact Thursday night bus service
King County Metro urges bus riders late Thursday to plan for snow routes or reduced service as weather conditions develop. Currently, a National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the greater Seattle area, with a forecast of snow for Thursday evening.
King County travelers: Be ready for snow and adverse conditions
Travelers in King County should prepare for snow Thursday night and possible disruptions for unincorporated roads and transit service. As weather conditions develop, the King County Department of Transportation provides several resources to help drivers, transit riders and commuters stay informed of the latest conditions.
Travelers: Prepare for snow, delays
Snowfall is in the forecast in parts of King County for Monday evening, and the King County Department of Transportation urges Metro Transit customers and water taxi riders, as well as people who travel unincorporated county roads, to monitor weather conditions and plan for possible travel delays.
Travelers: prepare for first cold snap, possible snow
As the Puget Sound region braces for its first winter cold snap, travelers in King County should prepare for the possibility of snow and travel disruptions later this weekend and next week.
Metro launches 'Transit GO Ticket' mobile app
King County Metro Transit is launching the Puget Sound region’s first-ever mobile ticket app - Transit GO Ticket - allowing riders to buy and redeem transit tickets on their mobile device without needing cash to ride. Tickets can be purchased for use on King County Metro buses, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar and Sound Transit's Link light rail and Sounder trains.
Holiday schedules ahead for Metro Transit, Water Taxi service
News release: Holiday schedules ahead for Metro Transit, Water Taxi service
Metro driver suffers fatal heart attack; riders help guide bus to a safe stop
A Metro Transit operator suffered a fatal heart attack late Thursday while driving a RapidRide C Line on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, just south of Columbia Street. Passengers on board were able to help bring the bus to a safe stop and call 9-1-1. No passengers were injured.
Holiday schedules ahead for Metro Transit, Water Taxi service
King County Metro Transit reminds riders that some buses will operate on reduced weekday schedules on several holiday periods in the coming months through January. The King County Water Taxi also has service changes on upcoming holidays.
Plan for transit delays during Monday Night Football
Bus riders should prepare for crowded buses and traffic delays next Monday when thousands of football fans converge on CenturyLink Field to watch the Seahawks play the Buffalo Bills.
Metro implements workplace safety plan for trolley maintenance
King County Metro Transit has taken steps to improve training and workplace safety for vehicle maintenance staff in response to two incidents in which mechanics received an electric shock while performing routine inspections of electric trolley buses at the bus base.
King County calls on travelers to prepare for first major fall storms
Travelers in King County should prepare for possible disruptions and delays on Thursday evening and again this weekend as the region faces two consecutive storm systems forecast by the National Weather Service.
Metro seeks public input on expanding late night bus service
King County Metro Transit is planning to improve and expand “Night Owl” bus service next year for late-night riders, and seeks public input on a proposal that would offer new transit options for those getting to or from jobs, the airport and nightlife between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Transit riders: Plan for delays, traffic on 3-game Saturday
The Huskies, Mariners and Sounders all play at home Saturday, meaning transit riders should prepare for crowds and likely delays as throngs of sports fans head to downtown and the University District.
King County Metro announces ‘Telework Week’ promoting alternatives to commuting
With growing traffic and construction projects affecting daily commutes, King County Metro is promoting “Telework Week” Sept. 19-23 with workshops to help local businesses ease employees’ commutes and improve productivity.
Go Metro to Seahawks, Huskies games
Need a ride to the game? Metro offers nonstop shuttle service this weekend for fans going to the Seahawks and Huskies games.
Holiday schedule for Metro Transit service on Labor Day
In observance of Labor Day, King County Metro Transit operates a Sunday/holiday schedule on Monday, Sept. 5.
Ride a Metro shuttle to Husky games
Football season is back, and so is King County Metro Transit’s shuttle service to Husky games.This Saturday, fans can ride non-stop Husky shuttle buses to Husky Stadium from eight park-and-ride locations, including Eastgate, Houghton, Kingsgate, Federal Way/South 320th Street, Shoreline, South Kirkland, South Renton and Northgate Transit Center.
Metro to add more trips, improve bus connections
Transit demand continues to grow across King County, and to help improve service and connections, Metro is adding trips and expanding service to more than a dozen key routes starting Sept. 10.
Ride to Seafair with Metro and Sound Transit
With the Blue Angels, hydro races, and road closures coming to town, King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit want riders and Seafair revelers to be prepared.
Metro names Vicki Leslie Operator of the Year
Known for her safe driving, quick wit and ability to brighten the days of her riders and coworkers, bus driver Vicki Leslie today was named King County Metro Transit Operator of the Year.
Get In Motion Ravenna-Bryant! Program encourages car-free lifestyle
Metro Transit’s In Motion program is coming to the Ravenna-Bryant area – featuring a free ORCA card and prize drawings for people who pledge to drive less.
Metro launches Capitol Hill In Motion program to encourage less driving
Metro Transit’s In Motion program is coming to the Capitol Hill area – featuring a free ORCA card and prize drawings for people who pledge to drive less.
King County Metro Transit, City of Redmond team up to launch pilot real-time ridesharing
If you work in the Southeast Redmond/Willows Road area you can now find out who else is going your way thanks to a new ridesharing partnership between King County Metro Transit and the City of Redmond.
Changes for Metro Transit, Water Taxi riders as #99closure wraps up
With the SR-99 closure wrapped up, Metro Transit is preparing for buses to return to regular routes on the Alaskan Way Viaduct starting early Monday morning, May 9.
Metro matching drivers and riders on Mercer Island with new TripPool service
Meet TripPool, a demonstration pilot for ridesharing on demand with guaranteed parking at the Mercer Island Park-and-Ride.
Introducing Community Van – a new way to get around in Duvall
King County Metro Transit is teaming up with the city of Duvall to offer local residents a new way of sharing a ride.
Use late-night bus service? Share your experience with Metro
Metro is reaching out to riders to learn more about how they use late night service, especially trips that run between midnight and 5 a.m.
Metro Transit responds to high demand by adding more buses on key routes
Starting Monday, April 11, King County Metro Transit is adding bus trips at key times on routes 28X and 62 to help ease crowding at peak commute times and offer a new earlier morning trip on Route 373 to better connect riders with the University District and Link light rail at UW Station.
Unique King County maritime emergency exercise tests mass water taxi evacuation capability
An estimated 70 volunteers took part in a rare emergency exercise Thursday hosted by King County – a drill involving a real water evacuation and deployment of a 100-person inflatable life raft on the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
Now’s your chance to shape proposed transit improvements for Vashon Island
Metro has been working with Vashon Island stakeholders to explore ways transportation on the island can be improved to move more riders in more cost-effective ways. Now it’s time for the broader community to have a say on potential future transportation options.
April 10 is Community Appreciation Day - come sample the West Seattle Water Taxi
Now that the clouds are parting and it’s starting to feel like spring, King County Executive Dow Constantine is inviting you to get out on the water and experience West Seattle’s new water taxi.
Revisions for Metro, Water Taxi on Presidents Day, Feb. 15
King County Metro Transit reminds riders to review the timetables for their routes, as some buses will operate on a reduced weekday schedule on Monday, Feb. 15, for the Presidents Day holiday. The King County Water Taxi will not operate on Feb. 15.
Transit agencies testing collision avoidance system
Eight transit agencies across Washington are working together on a pilot project to test and analyze a collision avoidance system that could help bus drivers reduce the number and severity of collisions with pedestrian, cyclists and vehicles.
King County Metro and Seattle to retain two vintage streetcars as fundraising campaign kicks off
A citizen campaign is underway to maintain the presence of the George Benson streetcars as part of Seattle’s new streetcar network.
Revised schedules for Metro Transit on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
King County Metro Transit reminds riders to review schedules for their routes as buses will operate on reduced weekday service Monday, Jan. 18, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The King County Water Taxi will not operate on Jan. 18.
Looking for more transportation choices in Bothell and Woodinville?
Wish you had a better way to get around in your community? You’re not alone. Transit has become a top issue for people who live, work and go to school in Bothell and Woodinville – that’s why Metro Transit is inviting you to take a transportation needs survey to help identify where there may be service gaps preventing you from getting around town.