Metro will have different holiday schedules Thanksgiving Day, day after

November 26, 2008

By Staff

NEW — 2:50 p.m. November 26, 2008

Bus riders should be aware that King County Metro Transit will have reduced service for the Thanksgiving holiday on both Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28 — and the schedules will be different for each day.

Metro will operate on a full holiday schedule on Thanksgiving, which means buses will operate on regular Sunday schedules. If a bus route normally has service on Sunday, it will operate with its Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving. If the route does not usually operate on Sunday, then it will not have service on Thanksgiving.

The day after Thanksgiving, a new “partial holiday” schedule will be in place. It features more bus service than weekends, but less than normal weekdays. Many routes that will not run Thanksgiving will be in operation Friday — but with fewer trips than a regular weekday.

Both printed and online bus schedules indicate whether each trip on each Metro route will operate on a partial holiday. Look for the “H” symbol next to individual trip times to see if a specific trip is cancelled Nov. 28.

Metro is using the new partial holiday schedule because it’s more cost effective, since traditionally ridership the day after Thanksgiving is about 40 percent lower than a normal weekday. Metro also plans to operate with this partial holiday schedule Dec. 26, Jan. 2 and 19, and Feb. 18.

Passengers should check schedules for their bus routes in advance and plan accordingly. The partial holiday schedules are incorporated in Metro’s Online Trip Planner at, or call 206-553-3000.


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