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King County Metro has reduced service to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Reduced Schedule may continue to change. Please find below up-to-date resources about routes and service, guidance on how to ride, and options for customers with mobility challenges.

What is Reduced Schedule?

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Please note

During Reduced Schedule, online customer information planning tools and third-party apps may not be accurate for Metro and Sound Transit services. They do 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.

How to stay healthy on Metro

Please protect yourself, other passengers, and Metro employees:

  • Wearing a mask or face covering is required.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often and use sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.

When using transit:

  • Wearing a mask or face covering is required to protect yourself, other passengers, and Metro employees.
  • Stand at least 6 feet apart while waiting for transit.
  • Buses are limited to either 12 or 18 passengers depending on the size of the bus.
  • Some seats are closed to create additional distance between riders.
  • Metro has temporarily discontinued fare payments, so don't worry about tapping your ORCA card or having bills or coins.
  • Pay a regular fare on Sound Transit Express bus or Link light rail service.
  • Board/exit buses at the rear door unless you need the ramp, kneeler, or priority seating. If you need to use the ramp or have the bus lowered for access or your safety, please wait at the front door and ask the driver.
  • While onboard transit vehicles, please stay behind "safety straps" or other markings to reserve designated areas for passengers requiring priority seating.
While on board, keep as much space between you and others as possible.

What does six feet of physical distance look like on transit?

  • While waiting for transit, staying at least 6 feet apart is about the length of a sofa.
  • On buses, physical distance means one rider for every other row of seats.
  • On streetcar and Link light rail, it’s one rider for every third row of seats.
  • On water taxi, it’s one rider every other row, with at least 3 seats in-between riders in each row.

Reduced service is in effect

We have implemented reduced service to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please use the links below to get more information.

Our commitment

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, work, and other vital destinations.

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:


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