Today, officials in Memphis released the video showing the arrest and death of Tyre Nichols. King County Metro is encouraging riders to sign up for transit alerts and monitor reports if the video leads to community demonstrations that affect bus, streetcar and Access paratransit service Friday evening or this weekend.
If demonstrations temporarily close a street, buses might be rerouted or pause in place until streets reopen. Riders should allow additional travel time to account for potential delays, or opt to ride Sound Transit Link 1 Line through downtown Seattle if surface streets are temporarily affected by demonstrations.
What do riders need to know?
- All bus service that travels on surface streets in areas where demonstrations occur might be subject to delays or intermittent reroutes. Bus riders are advised to plan for longer trips, revise travel plans if necessary and allow plenty of travel time.
- Though we’ll try to keep bus service moving, if demonstrations temporarily block a street, buses will have to wait until traffic begins moving again. Safety is Metro’s top priority.
- If travel delays occur, predicted arrival times on apps and real-time signs will not be accurate in estimating when buses will be at stops.
Before traveling, riders are encouraged to:
- Visit Metro’s service advisories page to see if Metro has suspended routes or construction reroutes.
- Sign up for transit alerts for your favorite routes to receive updates via email and text.
Real-time information on the road
- Use “Text for Departures” by texting your bus stop number to 62550. You will receive a text with the next departure times and/or canceled trips at that stop.
- Use the Next Departures tool on Metro’s Trip Planner to see what trips are operating at your bus stop.
- On Twitter, follow @kcmetroalerts for route alerts, cancellations and delays. Follow @KingCountyMetro for general information.