Metro’s Friday PM Commute: Wear a mask while riding transit; maintain physical distance; a weekend Link shuttle bus will operate between SODO & UW stations

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Transit service in Seattle may be disrupted by weekend May Day events
Transit riders who plan to travel in the Seattle area on Saturday and through the weekend may experience traffic and travel disruptions due to planned May Day events.

It is not possible to predict the specific times, locations or duration of events and their potential impacts.

Transit riders are advised to sign up for Transit Alerts for the routes they ride, have alternate plans, routes or stops, and be prepared for delays. See below for additional information about riding transit during service disruptions.

A weekend Link shuttle bus will operate between SODO & UW stations
During weekends in April, from each Friday evening at 9:00 PM to the end of Sunday service, Link trains will not operate between SODO and University of Washington (UWS) stations while work is done to complete connections for future Northgate and East Link expansion.

During these weekends Metro will operate a Link shuttle bus during regular Link operating hours, serving stops near all of the affected stations.

Regular Link train service will operate as usual in both directions between Angle Lake and SODO stations.

Metro’s West Seattle Water Taxi has launched its Summer sailing schedule
The West Seattle Water Taxi is once again serving as a floating chariot to all of your safe, socially distanced summer adventures, and providing increased commuting options to and from downtown Seattle. 

The new West Seattle summer sailing schedule launched on April 19, and:  

  • Is in service seven days a week from Pier 50 downtown to Seacrest Park in West Seattle 
  • Includes later evening sailings every Friday and Saturday  
  • On weekdays, leaves the dock every 35 minutes during peak commute hours and every hour mid-day 

There is no special service for after late-evening sporting events, and no change to the Vashon Water Taxi schedule.

See our Captains Blog for details about the summer schedule or check our website for more information about the Water Taxi @

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Annual International Bus Benchmarking Group (IBBG) survey
King County Metro Transit and fourteen other transit agencies from around the world are conducting a survey, and all Metro riders are invited to participate.

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This survey is open until May 9.

Ride transit to vaccination sites
Metro provides transportation options to vaccination sites at Lumen Field and elsewhere.

Transit options include flexible services that have expanded their destinations from rail stations and transit hubs to also serve vaccination sites.

There is a wide range of reduced fares for senior and youth, and for customers with lower incomes or disabilities. Customers with very low incomes may be eligible for a fully-subsidized ORCA LIFT card. Visit the Fares & ORCA page for information.

Metro continues to welcome Seattle Public School students back to in-person learning
Stay safe and physically distant, wear a mask, use your ORCA card and check out these tips for riding Metro.

Ride safely

  • Wear a mask at all times while riding on transit.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Stay physically distanced from others.
  • Observe and abide by posted directions, signs and decals.

Tapping your ORCA card is the fastest and safest way to pay your fare. Visit Metro’s website to learn about managing your ORCA account.

Watch for new or changing information.

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Transit service may be interrupted by weather, events or activities
In areas where there are crowds, traffic, weather or events disrupting normal travel patterns, transit riders are advised to be aware of conditions in their immediate area, such as street closures or detours.

Be prepared for delays, or to make revisions to travel plans, such as using a different bus stop, depending on specific circumstances. Be prepared for unexpectedly revised traffic or routing, and for delays in transit service. Transit riders are encouraged to know the alternate routes or stops that may be near their starting points and destinations.

Depending on the time and the nature of such events, Metro may not be able to provide real-time information or service updates via email or text.  Event start and end times and other details may be subject to change.

Know before you go
During events that disrupt transit service, online or real time customer information planning tools and third-party apps may not be accurate and may not reflect temporary schedule changes.

Even during disruptive weather or other events, these systems may still provide useful information, such as maps and bus stop information.

Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services. Be safe.

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