A healthier Metro is here.
To keep you safe while we keep you moving, we've made some big changes aboard King County Metro. Please explore this page for updated trip information, what Metro is doing to keep you healthy, and how to best prepare for your next ride.
What does Washington’s “Safe Start” Recovery Plan mean for your ride on King County Metro?
- Masks are required
- Reduced or suspended service on some routes
- Passenger limits
- Some seats/areas are blocked off
- Fare collection resumes on Oct. 1
As our region responds to COVID-19 and budget constraints, Metro will continue to:
- provide a strong and resilient transit system, and
- monitor and respond to evolving rider demands and trends.
Starting Sept. 19, 2020, our twice-yearly service change will bring adjustments to the transit system. Due to budget constraints, Metro will operate reduced service in certain areas. Please visit our Service Change webpage for more details.
We’re committed to prioritizing our customers who rely on transit most and will debut key improvements for south King County. Please visit our Quick Start Guide for new ways to travel within these expanded transit zones in Renton, Kent, and Auburn. If your route is canceled, you can see travel options planners have identified in your area.
Link light rail is operating every 20 minutes most of the day. Sounder service and some Sound Transit Express bus route schedules are running on a reduced schedule. Riders using these services should also check Sound Transit's service alerts before traveling.
The Access paratransit program is conducting frequent disinfecting of all vehicles. Access is currently available to all customers with disabilities who are unable to make essential trips on our fixed route transit network. This includes customers with disabilities who are not certified to use the Access program.
Community Van trips are operating in the following communities:
- Bothell / Woodinville / UW Bothell
- Kenmore / Kirkland
- Lake Forest Park / Shoreline
The Vashon and West Seattle routes are running on the schedules listed below. Shuttles 773 and 775 are operating, too.
West Seattle Route
|Departs Pier 50||Departs West Seattle|
|5:55 AM||6:15 AM|
|6:30 AM||6:50 AM|
|7:05 AM||7:25 AM|
|7:40 AM||8:00 AM|
|8:15 AM||8:35 AM|
|8:50 AM||9:10 AM|
|3:25 PM||3:45 PM|
|4:05 PM||4:25 PM|
|4:45 PM||5:05 PM|
|5:25 PM||5:45 PM|
|6:05 PM||6:25 PM|
|6:45 PM||7:05 PM|
Vashon Island Route
|Departs Pier 50||Departs Vashon|
|5:30 AM||6:10 AM|
|6:38 AM||7:10 AM|
|7:40 AM||8:15 AM|
|4:30 PM||4:58 PM|
|5:30 PM||5:58 PM|
|6:30 PM||6:58 PM|
- First Hill Streetcar is operating with 15-minute headways Monday through Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Service hours on Sunday and holidays are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- South Lake Union Streetcar resumed operations Sept. 19.
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.
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.
Schedules & Maps
View our schedules and maps to learn more about Metro’s service that starts on September 19.
Check for route-specific alerts. Please note that these advisories do not include trip-level cancellations, changes, or delays.
Call us at 206-553-3000 WA Relay: 711
How Metro is keeping you safe
Guided by Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we’re doing everything we can to keep you as safe as possible, including:
Disinfecting every vehicle every day
Upgraded air filters
Sending more buses for busy routes
We’re committed to continuous improvement and are constantly developing and implementing new innovations to improve your transit experience. For an even closer look at Metro’s recovery, please flip through our comprehensive COVID-19 Response and Recovery Report.
Here’s how to safely and efficiently use Metro:
Wear a mask
Stay home when sick
Maintain physical distance
Avoid closed areas
Sign up for Transit Alerts
Pay with your ORCA card
Staying home when sick, planning ahead, adding extra time, always wearing a mask, and maintaining six feet of distance from others will keep all of us moving forward together. Please use an ORCA card, rather than bills or coins, for an easier and safer way to pay.
Tap your ORCA card for an easier and healthier way to pay your fare on transit in the Puget Sound region.
Visit the “Where to buy” page to learn how to acquire an ORCA card online or in-person. Metro’s Pass Sales Office is also open to assist customers needing in-person help getting ORCA cards and reloading their E-purses. For those who qualify, ORCA LIFT is available to help reduce the cost of riding Metro. Youth and seniors are also eligible for reduced fares.
You can also acquire Transit GO Tickets through your mobile device.
Metro is dedicated to safety, equity, and sustainability. These values guided our response during the pandemic and are the foundation of our recovery.
Metro remains committed to ensuring that everyone has accessible, affordable mobility and to prioritizing communities of greatest need. Even as we take on the challenges of a pandemic, reduced budget revenues, and a national reckoning on racial justice, our unchanging goal is to rebuild a stronger mobility agency that is safer, more equitable, and more sustainable than before.