Students throughout King County are returning to school this week and next. For youth planning to use Metro to get to class, we have some helpful tips to get ready.

Young people ride for free starting Sept. 1
On Thursday, Sept. 1, all youth under 19 years old ride for free! Not just on Metro, but also on Community Transit, Everett Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Snoqualmie Valley Transit, Sound Transit, the King County Water Taxi, and the Seattle Streetcar!

Youth Ride Free!

All you need is a youth ORCA card or your student ID. Don’t have either of those? DON’T WORRY, you can still hop on the bus, light rail, streetcar or boat and ride.

Go to to learn more.

Plan your trip in advance.
Find out what route you need to ride and visit Metro’s website for help. Got questions? Call Metro customer service at 206-553-3000 on weekdays, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you need an interpreter, press 1.

Allow for extra travel time.
Especially at the beginning of the school year, start your trip a little early to ensure you get to class on time. Students are returning to school and a growing number of people are returning to work, so be prepared for potential higher demand and delays as you are going to or leaving school.

Stay safe and alert at all times.
King County Metro wants you to stay safe. Look up when walking and look out for others. Look and listen whenever you cross the street and use the crosswalk. Only cross the street AFTER the bus leaves, and never chase after the bus. When summer turns to fall and there’s less natural light, wave something bright, like your phone or a flashlight to make yourself more visible to bus drivers  at your bus stop.  And remember, our operators are there to help you if have questions when riding the bus.

We look forward to seeing and serving all students using Metro to get to school this fall!