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Effective 9-19-20 thru 3-19-21

Vigente del 9-19-20 al 3-19-21


Big changes are coming to bus service in South King County in September. Learn more about how the changes may impact your travel.

South King County route revisions

Get an ORCA card

Don’t pay twice, get an ORCA card

If you pay cash to ride a Metro bus and plan to transfer, your paper transfer is not accepted on Sound Transit services or the Sounder Train and you need to pay separately for that portion of your trip. With an ORCA card you only pay the difference between your two fares when you transfer within two hours.

Get your ORCA card today!

You can purchase an ORCA card in one of the following ways, be sure to check the links for up-to-date hours of operation:

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.

Other travel options


  • Log onto to find a vanpool or carpool match for your commute. Almost 700 vanpools commute to or from South King County.
  • Quickly search for a vanpool going your way and see how vanpool groups are working together to keep everyone safe and healthy in response to COVID!
  • Find other commuters with a similar route to start your own vanpool group. An affordable monthly fare covers all you need – van, gas, insurance, maintenance, emergency ride homes and toll-FREE I-405 Express, Tacoma Narrows Bridge, SR 167 & SR 520 travel!
  • Ride in a vanpool for FREE, try it out and receive up to three rides with Ticket-2-Ride.
  • Visit us at to find out more, including how flexible a vanpool can be.

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