Metro’s Thursday PM Commute: Most Metro service is back to regular operation; visit Metro’s website for more details.

Transit service in Seattle and King County has mostly resumed normal operation while some routes may continue to be affected by road conditions.

Snow or ice operation
If Metro service is significantly affected by snow or other weather-related events, the Metro website will be updated and Transit Alerts will be sent to affected subscribers.

Additionally, while crews work to repair coaches damaged by chains and road conditions, it may be necessary for Metro to cancel some peak hour trips until the fleet is fully restored.  For commuter routes with only a few scheduled trips, and for the first or last trip on any route, Metro sends a Transit Alert when trips are canceled.

Transit customers should check Metro’s Snow & Ice page for information about planned reroutes for the routes they ride. Use the regularly published schedule as a guide, then expect possible delays. Descriptions of planned reroutes include the specific stops that are both missed and served while buses are rerouted, as well as the streets they use. Trip cancelations are not included in this table.

On Wednesday afternoon, many routes returned to regular operation and the snow table has been updated accordingly. In areas where streets remain slick, transit customers are advised to wait for buses at posted bus stops on flat portions of cleared arterials or at major transfer points, such as park-and-ride lots and transit centers where there may be multiple service options.

It is not possible to know when a bus will arrive at a specific location.  It is possible for buses to temporarily have to go on unplanned reroutes if streets they normally travel on are unexpectedly blocked.

While Metro utilizes all available resources to operate service as normally as possible during adverse weather or other conditions, the safety of everyone is our highest priority. Buses may be delayed or rerouted, and Metro staff cannot predict affected areas or tell riders exactly when a bus might get to a specific stop.

If your bus does not have a pre-planned snow route, it will operate its regular route, however service may be delayed due to weather and road conditions.  Buses may have to temporarily go on unplanned reroutes if streets they normally travel on are unexpectedly blocked.  These temporary reroutes may not be reflected in the snow and ice table.

Know before you go
During bad weather and when road conditions are treacherous, be prepared for the conditions, longer than usual waits at bus stops and more crowded buses.

There may also be longer waits on hold if you call Metro’s Customer Information line at 206-553-3000.  Metro staff can help you with reroutes and other transit information, but cannot tell you when your bus will be at a specific stop.

Metro riders can prepare ahead by visiting Metro’s website and familiarizing themselves with information about how Metro operates in the snow, as well as the snow routing for the routes they ride. Snow routes are shown in timetables.  The snow and ice page links to them.

Metro’s service area has seven snow regions.  It is possible for a bus to travel through more than one snow area and to be affected by conditions in one area and not in others.  Also, not all routes have designated snow routes in all areas through which they travel.  The table describes what to expect in each area.

In the Snow and Ice table, the default sort is by area. It is a good idea to first sort the table by route number, then check all of the areas served by that route and the associated entries for whether or not it is rerouted in your area.  Note that each table entry is specific to only one of the seven snow areas.

Descriptions of planned reroutes include the specific stops that are both missed and served while buses are rerouted, as well as the streets they use.

When streets are snowy or icy, be aware of conditions in your immediate area, check media reports, check for transit reroutes, then wait for buses at posted bus stops on the flat portions of arterial streets that have been cleared or treated, or at major transfer points such as transit centers or park and ride lots.

Additional information
Visit Metro’s website for complete transit information.

If buses are operating along their normal routes, but delayed, it may be possible to get more specific information by visiting Metro’s Puget Sound Trip Planner and checking the ‘Next Departures & Stops’ or ‘Tracker’ features.  Please note that real-time information may be less reliable in adverse or unexpected conditions.  Metro’s real-time features provide the scheduled times of service at stops, then the predicted time if they are able to do so.  During adverse conditions, it is best to use the scheduled times, then expect delays.

Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for complete information about revised bus service, routing and stops for planned events.

Visit Metro’s online or mobile Puget Sound Trip Planner to plan your travel, and for bus stop, schedule and other information.

Visit the King County Water Taxi site for information about Water Taxi operation.

Visit the Community TransitPierce TransitSound Transit or Washington State Ferries websites for information about services provided by Metro’s regional transit partners.

For non-transit traffic or other local updates, check media sources, follow @seattledot or visit

– https://twitter.com/seattledot

– https://twitter.com/SeattlePD

Everyone’s preparedness and patience during snow or other adverse conditions is appreciated.

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