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Holiday schedules ahead for Metro Transit, Water Taxi service


News release: Holiday schedules ahead for Metro Transit, Water Taxi service


Reduced schedules and reroutes in effect during Thanksgiving holiday

King County Metro Transit reminds riders that some buses will operate on reduced schedules during several holiday periods in the coming months. The King County Water Taxi also has service changes on upcoming holidays.

On Thursday, Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day, Metro will operate Sunday schedules. On Friday, Nov. 25, Metro will operate a reduced weekday schedule on some routes and reduced UW service. Reduced weekday service offers more service than on weekends, but somewhat less service than on normal weekdays. Details are posted on Metro’s holiday and reduced service page.

On Friday, some downtown Seattle bus routes will be rerouted for the Macy’s Holiday Parade and the annual lighting of the Westlake Center tree. Those routes include: 7, 8, 10, 11, 43, 47, 49, 111, 143, 157, 158, 179, 190, 212, 214, 217, 252, 257, 268, 301, 308, 312, and ST routes 522, 545, and 554. Riders should check Metro’s online service advisories for more specific information for each route.

Metro offices, including the customer information phone line, and Lost and Found and Pass Sales counters, will be closed Nov. 24 and 25. The Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000 will reopen Monday morning, Nov. 28.

Upcoming schedule changes for Metro

  • Thursday, Nov. 24, Thanksgiving holiday, Sunday schedules in effect
  • Friday, Nov. 25, day after Thanksgiving: Reduced weekday and UW reduced service
  • Monday, Dec. 19, through Friday, Dec. 23: Regular weekday service with UW reductions (UW not in session)
  • Sunday, Dec. 25, Christmas holiday: Sunday schedules in effect
  • Monday, Dec. 26, Christmas observed: Sunday schedules in effect
  • Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Friday, Dec. 30: reduced weekday and UW service (UW not in session)
  • Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, New Year’s Day: Sunday schedules in effect
  • Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, New Year’s observed: Sunday schedules in effect
  • Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: reduced weekday and reduced UW schedule
  • Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, President’s Day holiday: reduced weekday schedules and reduced UW schedules

On days with reduced weekday schedules, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and other routes have individual trips canceled. Also, Metro makes some adjustments to routes that serve the University of Washington. When the UW is not in session, there will be some bus trip reductions.

Many routes will have no changes. If the route is not listed below, it has no changes when reduced weekday service is in effect.

Routes canceled during a “reduced weekday schedule”: 201, 237, 304, 308, 316, 330, 355, 930

Routes with fewer trips during reduced weekday schedule operation (Identified in customer timetables with an "H"): 101, 102, 111, 114, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, 143, 157, 167, 168, 169, 177, 179, 180, 186, 187, 190, 192, 212, 214, 218, 219, 232, 243, 244, 249, 252, 255, 269, 303, 311, 312, 342, 907, 931

Routes with designated trips canceled when the UW is not in session (Identified in timetables): 31, 32, 73, 75, 167, 197, 271, 277, 331, 372, 373

Visit Metro Online for more transit information, or call the Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000.

King County Water Taxi

The Vashon and West Seattle routes of the King County Water Taxi will not operate on Thursday, Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving) or Nov. 25, Dec. 26 (Christmas Day observed) or Jan. 2 (New Year’s Day observed.) For information about King County Water Taxi service – and DART Shuttle routes 773 and 775 – during the holidays, visit