In response to ongoing freezing weather and snowstorms in the forecast, King County Metro activated its Emergency Snow Network (ESN) on Feb. 9 at 4 a.m. Due to the forecast, worsening road conditions and buses requiring repairs, the ESN will continue Monday, Feb. 11 and Tuesday, Feb. 12. There are only 67 routes and shuttles in operation until further notice.
What does it mean for me?
ESN transit service is focused on plowed and treated arterial roadways maintained by the state and local jurisdictions.
However some residents are along routes that are not possible to serve under major winter storm conditions.
The following are nearest alternatives for East King County residents who need to use transit and are not directly served by the ESN.
Please note all routes listed are traveling on their snow route pathways.
- Bothell and Woodinville – Route 372 (map) and Sound Transit Route 522 (map). Major arterials served include: SR 522, Beardslee Boulevard and Bothell Way.
- Kirkland and Kingsgate – Routes 255 (map), the 252/255 Shuttle (map), and Route 235 (map). Find service at the Kirkland Transit Center and Brickyard and South Kirkland Park and Rides (shuttle only), as well as major arterials including Market Street, 124thAve NE, NE 124th St. and Lake Washington Blvd.
- East/North Redmond, Redmond Ridge, Cottage Lake, and North Sammamish– Connect with Sound Transit Route 545 (map) at the Bear Creek Park & Ride; Route 248 (map) along Avondale Road; or, make your way to the Redmond Transit Center where you can connect with the B Line (map), Route 248 (map), and ST 545 (map).
- Duvall, Carnation, Snoqualmie, and North Bend– Make your way to the park and ride or transit center listed that is closest to you for the following route options:
- Woodinville Park and Ride – Sound Transit Express Route 522 (map)
- Bear Creek Park and Ride – Sound Transit Express Route 545 (map)
- Redmond Transit Center – B Line (map), 248 (map), Sound Transit Express Route 545 (map)
- Issaquah Transit Center – 271 (map), Sound Transit Express Route 554 (map), 554 Shuttle (map)
- Issaquah, Central and South Sammamish – Routes 271 (map), Sound Transit Express Route 554 (map), 554 Shuttle (map). Find service at the Issaquah Transit Center and the Issaquah Highlands Park and Ride.
- Mercer Island – Connect with service at the Mercer Island Park and Ride on Sound Transit Express 550 (map) and 554 (map).
- South Bellevue, Beaux Arts, and Richards Road– Sound Transit Express 550 (map) with service along Bellevue Way; and routes 245 (map), 271 (map), or Sound Transit Express Route 554 (map) that connect to Eastgate Park and Ride.
- Central and East Bellevue – Route 245 on 156th Ave NE (map) or the B Line on NE Bellevue Redmond Road (map) or Routes 245 (map) or 271 (map) on 145th SE
- Somerset, Newport Hills, and Newcastle – Make your way to a location listed that is closest to you for the following route options:
For specific stop locations, use the “Stop and Next Arrival” feature of Metro’s Puget Sound Trip Planner. DO NOT use the schedule or trip planning information on the Trip Planner for Emergency Snow Network information.
Note: Metro and transportation agencies intend for most bus stops along these routes to be available, but in some cases such as on steeper uphill slopes, buses may not be able to stop at all designated locations.
Why activate the ESN?
Transit vehicles are only able to safely operate on effectively plowed, sanded, and/or de-iced arterial streets, roads, highways, or freeways. When major winter storms occur and significant snow or ice accumulates on street surfaces, Metro installs tire chains on all buses and the ESN is activated in order to allow the backbone of the network to continue operating. The goal is to serve as many customers on these high-ridership routes and corridors reliably during the winter weather over several days.
All routes not in operation
What riders should know
Metro encourages people to avoid traveling if at all possible.
Riders who intend to use Metro’s services should visit the Emergency Snow Network webpage to view details about routes in operation and to identify their options. Routes will travel on posted snow routes unless otherwise communicated.
Metro’s Customer Information Office opens at 6 a.m. Monday to assist riders with trip planning. Get in touch at 206-553-3000.
Posted timetables on Metro’s Schedules and Maps page are a good point of reference for the 60 ESN routes that are operating, but unforeseen roadway and weather conditions may result in delays or unplanned reroutes.
Customers should be aware that Puget Sound Trip Planner and third-party apps will not reflect ESN service and will not be accurate for planning itineraries on ESN days.
However, once intending riders know which ESN route they want to use, other Puget Sound Trip Planner features, such as maps, bus stop locations and timetables for ESN routes are valid. Puget Sound Trip Planner and other apps are still accurate for planning trips or getting schedules for regular service days. Next Departure features and Text for Departure tools are working for only bus routes that are in service.