Erica Barnett is already all over this, but Metro’s decided to operate on a “partial holiday” schedule from December 29-31st, as well as January 2. Check your route schedule; if it says it doesn’t run December 26, there’s no service any of these four days either; if certain trips are marked with “H”, those won’t run till January 5.
Apparently, sometime between the time they printed the schedules and now, Metro decided to just declare the whole New Year’s week as a partial holiday.
This is probably either related to Metro’s budget problems or a maintenance backlog after the storm, but last-minute service changes for no self-evident reason are going to leave a fair number of customers standing around wondering where their bus is.
Worse yet, we’re usually on the distribution list for news releases from Metro, but we certainly didn’t receive any notice of this decision. If the dailies heard about it, they certainly didn’t print it, and indeed, as late as yesterday it wasn’t prominently displayed on the Metro website. This is a pretty crummy way for Metro to do business, and one of the better reasons to make sure you own a car or bike when living in the Puget Sound.
UPDATE: In fairness, I should point out that ST is deviating slightly from their printed Sounder holiday plans by moving Dec. 31 to a holiday schedule. However, they managed to get the information out more than a day beforehand.
ST Express buses and Tacoma LINK are unaffected by all of this.