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That chill in the air and possible snow in the forecast means it’s time to prepare for winter weather and how it could impact your travel on King County Metro.

  • Sign up or update your subscriptions to receive Transit Alerts and snow route updates via text and email for the bus routes you rely on.
  • Visit for tips on traveling during winter weather. If snow routes are activated, updates will be posted for affected routes. Whether you’re taking bus, Access paratransit, or on-demand services, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to look for our updated snow brochures.
  • On Twitter, be sure to add @kcmetroalerts for route alerts, delays and cancellations and @KingCountyMetro for general information.
  • If you need help trip planning, our customer service office is available 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays at 206-553-3000.

Realtime updates

  • Rain, snow, or sun, you can get real-time updates at your bus stop on whether your trip is operating, when it’s due to depart or if it’s been canceled. Text your bus stop number to 62550 for an automated list of the next bus trips headed your way. Each trip will either show an estimated arrival time, “s” for scheduled, or “canceled.” Save 62550 in your phone in advance to help yourself remember.
  • Next departures information is also available on Metro’s Trip Planner.
  • Online information is available in 11 languages including English, and real-time information (alerts, text for departure, water taxi, etc.) is available in English.
  • Metro’s online Trip Planner and third-party apps, such as One Bus Away or Google Maps, provide results that are based on scheduled data for regular service. They do not reflect planned or unplanned snow reroutes or the Emergency Snow Network.

Other Metro Services

Ride safely and comfortably

  • Remember, the sun is going down earlier, making visibility a challenge. Using a flashlight or a phone to signal buses while waiting at a bus stop is a great way to show the driver know you’re there.
  • Conditions could delay service, so be prepared! Bundle up with weather-appropriate clothing and footwear as you wait for your bus.

    Perry the Penguin is getting ready for winter—you should too!!
    Perry the Penguin is getting ready for winter—you should too!!