Holidays mean reduced Metro Transit, Sound Transit service

December 20, 2011

By Staff

King County Metro Transit bus riders should prepare for reduced service during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

The transit agency operates on a reduced weekday schedule on several holidays through January — including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

The planned reductions arrive during a slow period, because Metro Transit usually serves 20 percent to 40 percent fewer weekday riders. The mass transit agency uses a Sunday schedule for several of the upcoming holidays.

What to know

Call the King County Metro Transit Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000 or go to Metro Online,, to learn more about holiday schedule changes. Find Sound Transit schedules and service updates at

The reduced weekday schedule and regular fares take effect for:

  • Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 27-30 — winter holiday period
  • Monday, Jan. 16 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Expect Sunday schedules and fares on the following holidays:

  • Sunday, Dec. 25 — Christmas
  • Monday, Dec. 26 — Christmas, observed
  • Sunday, Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day
  • Monday, Jan. 2 — New Year’s Day, observed

For reduced weekday schedules, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and Metro Transit cancels some trips on other routes.

The reduced weekday schedule features more bus service than on weekends, but less service than on regular weekdays. Officials estimate the limited schedule saves Metro Transit about $1 million per year.

Sound Transit buses operate on a Sunday schedule on Christmas, New Year’s Day and the day after New Year’s Day. The agency operates on a weekday schedule for Christmas Eve and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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