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To keep you safe while we keep you moving, we've made some big changes aboard King County Metro. Please explore this page for trip planning tools, how Metro is keeping you healthy, how to prepare for your next trip, how to use a contactless payment method like an ORCA card, and details on our all-day regional network of frequent transit service.

Masks are required on transit, and mask dispensers are installed fleet-wide. We also conduct daily disinfecting of every bus, streetcar, van, vehicle, and vessel.

Please note there is reduced or suspended service on some routes.

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

Requiring masks

Upgraded air filters

Safety partitions

Here’s how to safely and efficiently use Metro:

Wear a mask

Stay home when sick

Sign up for Transit Alerts

Pay with your ORCA card

Always wearing a mask and following other health and safety guidance will keep all of us moving forward together.

Contactless payment

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 help customers get ORCA cards and to reload E-purses.

To find the best fare for you, please visit our Fares page or use our Eligibility Tool. Discounted fares are available for customers with lower incomes, passengers with disabilities, seniors, and youth. We offer enrollment either in-person or through our recently-launched Reduced Fare Portal.

Alternatively, you can acquire Transit GO Tickets through your mobile device. However, reduced fares are not available through Transit GO Tickets.

All-day regional network of frequent service

Metro is operating at roughly 90% of pre-pandemic service levels. As part of the Oct. 2, 2021 service change, Metro added about 200,000 service hours. This included restoring service on 48 routes, including 36 that were previously suspended. Metro also provided updated connections to the three new Sound Transit Link light rail stations at U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate, with many more to open in the years ahead.

Our commitment

To keep our region moving, King County Metro never stopped during the pandemic. Whether you’re currently riding transit or you’re looking to return, we’re happy to welcome you aboard. Metro is your convenient, healthy, and sustainable option for appointments, classes, entertainment, shopping, work, and more. Our unchanging goal is to rebuild a stronger mobility agency that is safer, more equitable, and more sustainable than before. As we move forward together, our goal is for Metro to always be your first choice for mobility.

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