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Winter weather across the region continues to make travel challenging. East King County bus routes returned to regular routing at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
and buses continue to operate on their snow routes in East King County until road conditions improve. Metro also has temporarily suspended 21 routes due to equipment availability and crews are making efforts to restore those routes as soon as possible.
Before traveling, riders are encouraged to review snow route information posted on our Service Advisories page to see if their route is affected.
- Returned our 60-foot-long trolley buses to service in Seattle.
- Temporarily suspended routes 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 29, 64, 121, 162, 177, 208, 232, 237, 246, 301, 302, 303, 304, 320, 322, 330.
- Shifted some buses to snow routes (up-to-date list on our service advisories page.)
- Removed most snow chains where road conditions allowed.
King County Metro staff are monitoring roadway conditions, weather forecasts and the potential for additional snowfall predicted Friday and this weekend. We will additionally adjust service and routing if roadway conditions worsen. Riders are encouraged to monitor Metro communications and webpage updates for the routes they rely on.
Riders are encouraged to visit MetroWinter.com for tips and to review the snow route for their route. If Metro switches buses to their snow route due to roadway conditions, those routes will be listed on Metro’s service advisories page. Updates also will be sent via email and text to Transit Alert subscribers.
- 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.
- Real-time next departure information can become less reliable if road conditions and travel delays worsen.
- 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.
Planning to travel?
- 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 MetroWinter.com 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.
- Online information is available in nine languages including English, and real-time information (alerts, text for departure, water taxi, etc.) is available in English.
Other Metro services
- Don’t be caught in the cold. Winter weather also could delay or cancel service if you ride the Water Taxi, use services such as Via to Transit, Community Ride and Ride Pingo, or you use Access. Check their webpages for updates and if there are travel options available before you go.
Ride safely and comfortably
- Remember, the sun is going down earlier, making visibility a challenge. Use a flashlight or a phone to show the driver you’re there.
- Conditions could delay service, so be prepared! Bundle up with weather-appropriate clothing and footwear as you wait.