Metro warns bus riders of upcoming holiday schedules, reduced service

King County Metro Transit buses will be operating a reduced weekday schedule during several holiday periods now through January – including a full week of reduced service at the end of December. Here is the notice from Metro:

These are planned reductions for holiday periods when Metro has historically seen a reduction in the number of weekday riders – estimated to be 15 percent or more systemwide.

On several of the upcoming legal holidays, Metro will operate a Sunday schedule. The reduced weekday schedule features more bus service than on weekends, but somewhat less service than on normal weekdays. This limited schedule is estimated to save Metro about $1 million each year.
Details are posted on Metro’s holiday and reduced service page.

The reduced weekday schedule will be in effect on:

        Monday, Nov. 12 – Veterans Day observed
        Friday, Nov. 23 – day after Thanksgiving
        Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
        Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 26-28  – winter holiday period
        Monday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve
        Monday, Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Sunday schedules will be in effect on the following holidays:

        Sunday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
        Thursday, Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving
        Tuesday, Dec. 25 – Christmas
        Tuesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day

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 (UW). 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” - 7EX, 15EX,17EX, 21EX, 29, 48EX, 56EX, 62, 114, 152, 161, 192, 201, 210, 237, 243, 250, 268, 304, 308, 316, 330, 355, 601, 930, 935.

Routes with fewer trips during reduced weekday schedule operation - (Identified in customer timetables with an "H") 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 24, 26EX, 28EX, 33, 36, 40, 41, 43, 44, 47, 48, 50, 60, 64, 70, 76, 77, 101, 102, 107, 110, 111, 116, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 140, 143, 150, 153, 157, 158, 159, 168, 169, 177, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 190, 202, 203, 212, 214, 216, 218, 224, 232, 242, 244, 245, 246, 252, 255, 257, 265, 269, 303, 311, 312, 331, 342, 358, 907, 931.

Routes with designated trips canceled when the UW is not in session - (Identified in timetables) 31, 32, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 205, 271, 277, 372, 373.