Late-night bus service
Proposed expansion to Night Owl bus service
We got more than 4,500 survey responses, talked with riders on the buses, and worked with groups that represent the diverse needs of our riders. We used this input to shape the recommendation now before the King County Council. If the council approves the recommended changes, they will go into effect this September.
The City of Seattle contributes significant funding to late-night transit service. In fact, they cover the full cost of late-night service on several routes. With this recommendation, the city would more than double its investment, funding about 75 percent of the additional service. We would also establish new late-night connections throughout Seattle 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 a.m.) throughout King County. Of these, 20 provide trips after 2 a.m. 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 a.m. and 5 a.m.
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 last spring to learn more about their transit experiences between midnight and 5 a.m.
We used that feedback to create a proposal that features service on more routes, improved connections to destinations such as SeaTac airport, and added trips that would provide all-night service on more Metro routes.
We received feedback on that proposal during outreach in the fall and used that input to shape the final proposal that was transmitted to the County Council on Feb. 13.
Metro Transit Division
King County Department of Transportation
201 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104-3856
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Have a say
Metro’s public comment period for this project is now closed. The Night Owl recommendation will be considered at the King County Council’s Transportation, Economy, and Environment (TrEE) Committee as early as Tuesday, March 7, 2017. It will then go to the full King County Council for a final vote.
Members of the public can provide comment to councilmembers by email or through public comment at a Committee or Council meeting. Please visit the TrEE Committee webpage for more information.
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