Late-Night Bus Service
Night Owl bus changes began in September 2018
Final recommendation approved by King County Council on March 27.
The King County Council has approved an expansion of Metro’s late-night (Night Owl) bus network. Feedback from late-night transit riders—and potential riders—helped shape the plan. Routes 82, 83, and 84 will be replaced with new service on neighboring routes. There will also be new connections to more neighborhoods as well as direct Night Owl trips to Sea-Tac Airport.
We got more than 4,500 survey responses, talked with bus riders, and worked with groups that represent the diverse needs of our customers.
People told us their highest priorities were better late-night transit options for late- and early-shift workers, customers enjoying Seattle’s nightlife, workers and travelers heading to and from Sea-Tac Airport, and people with lower incomes. We incorporated this input into the changes that will go into effect this September.
The City of Seattle contributes significant funding to late-night transit service and covers the full cost of late-night service on several routes. With this expansion, the city more than doubles its investment, funding about 75 percent of the added service. Seattle’s investments will also establish new late-night connections throughout the city and provide late-night cross-town transit options for the first time.
As our metropolitan region continues to grow, our need to travel 24/7 is also growing.
Today, Metro has about 40 routes with some level of late-night service (between midnight and 5 AM) throughout King County. Of these, 20 provide trips after 2 AM. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) funds all service on Night Owl Routes 82, 83, and 84, and partners with Metro to fund additional Night Owl service on the C and D Lines between 2 AM and 5 AM.
It’s been many years since we looked in detail at how well this service is working, so Metro and SDOT reached out to riders in spring 2016 to learn more about their transit experiences between midnight and 5 AM.
That feedback helped us create an initial proposal, and we went back to the public for feedback on that proposal in fall 2016. We used that input to shape the final recommendation, which was approved by the County Council on March 27.
Metro Transit Division
King County Department of Transportation
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Seattle, WA 98104-3856
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Metro’s public comment period for this project is now closed. Metro and the Seattle Department of Transportation thank the thousands of people who gave us their input and helped us shape these changes.
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