Expect reduced transit service on Christmas

December 23, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 23, 2012

Expect reduced transit service from Christmas Eve until after 2013 arrives, as King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit adjust schedules for the holidays.

Metro Transit operates on holiday and reduced weekday schedules Christmas week and during the New Year’s holidays.

The agency operates on reduced weekday bus service Monday, Christmas Eve, and on a Sunday schedule for Christmas. Then, transit goes to reduced weekday bus service from Wednesday to Friday.

Using a limited schedule over holiday periods from November through January is estimated to save Metro Transit about $1 million each year. The agency typically experiences a drop of about 15 percent in ridership during the holiday week.

The reduced weekday schedule is also in effect Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve. Metro Transit buses operate on a Sunday schedule for New Year’s Day.

On days with reduced weekday schedules, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and other routes have individual trips canceled. Metro Transit also adjusts routes serving the University of Washington when the university is not in session.

Sound Transit Express buses run on a Sunday schedule on Tuesday, Christmas, and Jan. 1, New Year’s Day. Sound Transit Express buses operate on a weekday schedule Monday for Christmas Eve and on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve.

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