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Drivers are required to permit any customer with a service animal to ride King County Metro buses. This includes animals-in-training accompanied by a trainer or person with a disability.

Service animals for persons with disabilities ride for free. No permit is required, but the driver may ask if your animal is a service animal to determine if a fare is appropriate.

Service animals must remain on the floor without blocking the aisle or on their owner's lap. If this is not an option, the service animal may occupy a seat provided one is available.

Passenger safety

The transit operator, at his or her discretion, may not allow you to board with your pet if there is a concern for the safety or comfort of your fellow passengers.

Dogs and other pets

Dogs may ride at the discretion of the operator under these guidelines:

  • Drivers may refuse to transport a person and their dog if they already have another dog onboard.
  • Drivers may refuse to transport a dog if it is creating a hazard or disturbance.
  • Drivers may request the removal of a dog from the coach if it creates a hazard or disturbance.
  • All dogs that are not service animals must be on leash.
  • Dogs are not allowed to occupy seats; they must remain either on the floor or sit on their owners lap.
  • Small dogs who remain on their owner's lap ride for free. All other dogs pay the base fare (or reduced fare) paid by the customer accompanying the dog. No zone fare is charged and transfers are to be issued upon request.

Animals other than dogs are not allowed on the coach unless they are in a container or carrier. Fare is not required.

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