Temporary revised service reductions begin April 6, 2020
A revised Reduced Schedule takes effect on Monday, April 6 as Metro and our region respond to COVID-19. Metro has also temporarily discontinued fare payments, and has moved to rear-door bus boarding except for passengers with mobility challenges.
Metro will temporarily move to a revised Reduced Schedule starting Monday, April 6.
The Reduced Schedule is in response to a drop in ridership since the emergence of COVID-19. These weekday service reductions are also designed to maintain a resilient and sustainable transit system able to keep our region moving every day and to ramp back up when this chapter closes.
Under the temporary Reduced Schedule, weekday buses will run less frequently throughout the day. Bus service may also start later in the morning and end earlier in the evening. Some routes will not operate and nearly all routes will have individual trip cancellations.
Under the Reduced Schedule, most Metro routes will have fewer weekday trips and/or reduced hours of operation. Some routes will not operate on weekdays, primarily during commute times and when options on other routes exist.
Routes with most or all trips operating (34 routes with 2 or fewer trips canceled)
RapidRide A Line, 22, 60, 63, 64, 71, 73, 105, 106, 118, 119, 128, 131, 148, 164, 166, 168, 193, 221, 269, 303, 309, 331, 345, 348, ST 554, 628 (Snoqualmie Community Shuttle), 631 (Burien Community Shuttle), 901, 903, 906, 908, 914, 916
Routes with fewer trips and/or reduced hours of operation (81 routes and services)
RapidRide B, C, D, E and F lines, and routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 36, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50, 62, 65, 67, 70, 75, 101, 107, 120, 124, 132, 150, 153, 156, 169, 180, 181, 182, 183, 187, 204, 225, 226, 230, 231, 239, 240, 241, 245, 249, 250, 255, 271, 346, 347, 372, 373, ST Express routes 522, 542, 545, 550, route 635 (Des Moines Community Shuttle), 915, 917, Water Taxi West Seattle and Vashon routes, First Hill Streetcar, Link light rail
Routes, services and programs fully cut (104 routes and services)
5X, 9, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21X, 29, 37, 47, 55, 56, 57, 74, 76, 77, 78, 102, 111, 113, 114, 116, 121, 122, 123, 125, 143, 154, 157, 158, 159, 167, 177, 178, 179, 186, 190, 192, 197, 200, 208, 212, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219, 224, 232, 237, 246, 252, 257, 268, 301, 304, 308, 311, 312, 316, 330, 342, 355, ST 541, ST 555, ST 556, 630 (Mercer Island Community Shuttle), 773, 775, 823, 824, 886, 887, 888, 889, 891, 892, 893, 894, 895, 907, 910, 913, 930, 931, 952, 980, 981, 982, 984, 986, 987, 988, 989, 994, 995, Black Diamond/Enumclaw Community Ride, Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Community Ride, Normandy Park Community Ride, Sammamish Community Ride, Juanita Area Community Ride, Bothell/Woodinville Community Ride, Via to Transit, Seattle South Lake Union Streetcar
Link light rail will operate every 20 minutes, and Sounder services and some ST Express bus route schedules are also reduced. Transferring riders should check Sound Transit's service alerts.
At this time, the Access paratransit program will continue normal operations and will continue to follow its enhanced daily sanitization procedures.
Community Van trips for essential needs such as foodbank runs will continue as long as it is feasible and there are volunteer drivers available and willing to drive in the following communities:
- Bothell / Woodinville / UW Bothell
- Kenmore / Kirkland
- Lake Forest Park / Shoreline
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and guided by direction from Public Health – Seattle & King County, King County Metro and the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) are postponing the 2020 Trailhead Direct season until further notice.
Water taxi crews will operate one vessel for six roundtrip sailings per weekday; service on shuttles 773 and 775 are discontinued.
Revised King County Metro Water Taxi weekday sailing schedule effective April 6, 2020
West Seattle Route
|Departs Pier 50||Departs West Seattle|
|5:55 AM||6:15 AM|
|8:50 AM||9:10 AM|
|4:45 PM||5:05 PM|
|6:45 PM||7:05 PM|
Vashon Island Route
|Departs Pier 50||Departs Vashon|
|6:38 AM||7:10 AM|
|5:30 PM||5:58 PM|
Seattle Streetcar will continue to operate on the reduced schedule that started on Monday, March 23.
- First Hill Streetcar will operate with 15-minute headways Monday through Saturday during reduced service hours, 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. There are no changes to service hours on Sunday and holidays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- South Lake Union Streetcar will not operate beginning March 23 and until further notice.
Other transit agencies
Text for Departures
Find the next departure times of transit service by texting your stop ID to 62550. You will receive a return message with the next departure times or canceled trips at that stop. You can find your stop ID on the bus stop sign or in the Trip Planner tool.
Use Trip Planner
In Trip Planner, select "Next Departures", then enter a location address, intersection, or landmark and select the desired location from the map or drop-down list. Trip planner results display scheduled or predicted departure times and any canceled trips.
Metro Matters Blog
Read Metro blog posts about how Metro is responding to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Check for route-specific alerts, although please note that these advisories do not include trip-level cancellations, changes, or delays.
Timetables by Route
To get help to plan your trip and for the latest details about Reduced Schedule, please contact our Call Center at 206-553-3000 (WA Relay 711) from Monday to Friday, 6 AM to 8 PM.
Call us at 206-553-3000 WA Relay: 711
During Reduced Schedule, online customer information planning tools and third-party apps may be increasingly inaccurate for Metro and Sound Transit services. While these tools will be updated to the Spring Service Change schedule, they will not reflect Metro’s temporary Reduced Schedule or Sound Transit’s reductions. These systems may still provide useful information, such as maps and bus stop information.
Until further notice, bus passengers should board and exit from the rear doors of buses if they are able. Front-door access is reserved for customers using mobility devices or who require use of the boarding ramp. Riders are also no longer required to pay fares when riding King County, Sound Transit, and City of Seattle services including buses, light rail, streetcar, water taxi, and Access paratransit.
These moves acknowledge the direction of public health to limit the spread of COVID-19. Each of us can help by not traveling when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, washing our hands, avoiding touching our faces, and staying apart from other passengers if possible.
While most of Metro’s passengers have other options and choose transit, many others rely more heavily—or exclusively—upon transit, so decisions on where and when to reduce service were not made lightly. Metro designed reductions to maintain some service on as many routes as possible, acknowledging that people rely on these routes to access medical care, grocery stores, and other vital services.
Metro is actively talking with community groups who represent populations more likely to depend on transit, including those that represent customers with accessibility challenges.
Metro will remain engaged with those groups to understand their mobility needs and determine how best to serve them during this time.
Metro's other public safety actions in response to COVID include:
- Transitioning to daily sanitization of coaches and transit vehicles/vessels,
- Setting up a Department Operations Center to guide fast response, and
- Temporarily closing in-person customer service offices in favor of phone and online options.