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A winter weather blast is forecast to bring potential snow across King County, followed by freezing temperatures – both of which could affect road conditions and bus service.
Before traveling, riders are encouraged to:
- Visit MetroWinter.com for tips and to review the snow route for their route.
- Visit Metro’s service advisories page to see if Metro has suspended routes or switched to snow routes due to roadway conditions.
- Sign up for transit alerts for your favorite routes to receive updates via email and text.
- Be aware that several routes are temporarily suspended due to a fleet steering issue. On Monday afternoon, Dec. 19, the following routes are suspended: 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 29, 64, 121, 301, 302, 303, 304, 320, 322 and 330. Updated information for additional suspended routes or snow routes will be available on our services advisories page. Alternative routes are available.
Metro plans to:
- Monitor roadway conditions and shift buses to snow routes if necessary.
- Chain buses overnight and likely Tuesday morning.
- Update our service advisories page in the event that snow routes are activated.
Real-time information on the road
- Get real-time updates about your route at your bus stop. 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.
Cold weather shelter locations are available through the King County Regional Homelessness Authority.
King County Metro staff are monitoring roadway conditions, weather forecasts and the potential for additional snowfall predicted later this week. 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.
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.
- 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.