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Dec. 16, 2011

Some Metro bus routes have reduced service during the next two weeks

Holidays & University of Washington break will affect schedule

King County Metro Transit reminds bus riders that it will be operating a reduced schedule on several holidays now through January – including a full week of reduced service Dec. 26-30. There are also schedule changes starting Monday, Dec. 19 for several University District routes, because the University of Washington is not in session.

These are planned reductions for holiday periods where Metro has historically seen 20-40 percent fewer weekday riders. Also, on several of the upcoming legal holidays, Metro will use a Sunday schedule.

Sunday schedules will be used on the following holidays:

  • Monday, Dec. 26 – Christmas holiday observed
  • Monday, Jan. 2 – New Year’s holiday observed

The reduced weekday schedule will be in effect on:

  • Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 27-30 – winter holiday period
  • Monday, Jan. 16 – 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 serving the UW. During those periods when the university is not in session, there will be some bus trip reductions.

Even though bus ridership is usually lower during the holidays, Metro is expecting to see some new riders starting Dec. 29 when the Washington State Department of Transportation begins tolling on the State Route 520 Bridge. People who want to avoid the tolls may begin riding the bus for the first time. SR 520 commuters are encouraged to check bus schedules in advance and be aware of the holiday changes. More information about all the cross-lake travel options is available at the Get You There website.

Many routes will have no changes during the last two weeks of December. If the route is not listed below, it has no changes when reduced weekday service is in effect.

Routes that are canceled when the reduced weekday schedule is in effect:
2EX, 7EX, 17EX, 34, 38, 45, 46, 48EX, 53, 76, 77, 79, 114, 152, 161, 162, 175, 192, 196, 201, 210, 219, 237, 243, 250, 260, 268, 304, 308, 316, 355, 600, 661, 925, 930, and 935.

The routes with some trip cancellations in a reduced weekday schedule are: (these trips are identified in Metro Timetables with an "H"):
1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15EX, 18, 18EX, 19, 21, 21EX, 22, 24, 26EX, 28EX, 33, 36, 39, 41, 43, 44, 48, 54, 56, 56EX, 60, 64, 70, 101, 102, 107, 110, 111, 116, 120, 123, 125, 134, 140, 143, 148, 149, 150, 153, 157, 158, 159, 166, 168, 169, 177, 179, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 190, 202, 203, 212, 214, 216, 218, 221, 224, 232, 236, 238, 242, 244, 245, 246, 248, 249, 251, 252, 255, 257, 265, 269, 303, 311, 312, 330, 331, 342, 358, and 912.

Also, when the University of Washington is not in session, the following routes have designated trips cancelled (these trips are identified in Metro timetables with a "D"): 31, 65, 67, 68, 75, 133, 167, 197, 205, 271, 272, 277, 372 and 373.

An overview of all the holiday service is online. The reduced weekday schedule features more bus service than on weekends, but somewhat less service than on normal weekdays. This limited schedule is estimated to save Metro about $1 million each year.

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 shuttle routes 773 and 775 - during the holidays, please visit the water taxi website.

 

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