With a lucky minority off from work Wednesday, and UW closed, you should check your route schedule to know what’s happening with your route.

Sound Transit, Pierce Transit, and Community Transit are running their regular weekday schedules.

Routes operating a reduced weekday schedule with designated trips canceled. These trips are identified in customer timetables with an “H”: 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17EX, 19, 24, 26, 26EX, 28, 28EX, 30, 31, 33, 36, 37, 39, 41, 43, 44, 48, 49, 60, 64, 65, 67, 68, 70, 75, 101, 107, 110, 111, 116, 120, 121, 123, 124, 125, 134, 139, 140, 143, 148, 149, 150, 153, 158, 159, 164, 166, 168, 169, 174, 177, 179, 181, 182, 183, 187, 190, 194, 202, 203, 209, 212, 214, 215, 216, 218, 221, 230, 232, 234, 236, 238, 242, 244, 245, 248, 249, 251, 252, 255, 257, 269, 271, 303, 312, 311, 330, 331, 342, 346, 358, 372, 915, 921 and 929.

These routes are canceled when Metro operates reduced weekday service: 2EX, 7EX, 9, 34, 38, 45, 46, 48EX, 53, 76, 77, 79, 114, 129 133, 152, 157, 161, 162, 167, 175, 192, 196, 197, 201, 205, 206, 207, 208, 210, 217, 219, 237, 243, 247, 250, 256, 260, 261, 265, 266, 268, 272, 277, 291, 304, 308, 316, 355, 373, 885, 886, 888, 889, 890, 891, 892, 912, 925, 935, 981, 982, 984, 986, 987, 988, 989, 994, 995 and the Group Health Express.

20 Replies to “Reduced Veterans Day Service”

  1. It is good to see that I can at least get some information directly from Metro’s homepage.

    http://metrocommute.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/metro-reminds-bus-riders-of-reduced-weekday-schedule-operation-on-designated-autumn-winter-days/

    … too bad it is all the way at the bottom of the page. Metro needs to have a big bright red banner at the top of the page about significant service disruptions like this. Oh and I looked my bus (70) and there is no service alerts on the schedule.

    Metro still has a lot of work to do.

    1. Take a look at this screenshot. I was skimming transit providers websites for my research project and when I can to RATP (Paris) a popup came up warning the public about a service disruption today at Gare du Nord on the RER B line.

      RATP Homepage

      This is the way Metro needs to provide information. It is not enough to just put the information out there. First the information must be available in a timely manner. Then it must be promoted in a way that an average user will easy find, and better yet can’t ignore.

  2. I’m kind of annoyed Metro cuts service so severely for minor holidays like Veteran’s day. While dropping commute service to the UW makes sense the vast majority who don’t work at a bank or in government don’t get the day off. Metro operates a full schedule on President’s day but far fewer people likely have tomorrow off than have Presidents Day off.

    1. Maybe it has more to do with the fact that metro employees do work for the government and need some time off too.

      1. barman,

        Not really. Most of the savings for the County on this reduce weekday business is in unpaid wages. Drivers for these reduced weekday routes are not paid for cancelled runs – this amounts to an (in my view) unpaid furlough for some drivers. The reduced weekday scheduling, as with most such cutbacks, impacts mostly part-timers.

    2. Veterans Day is not a minor holiday. How dare you disgrace our Veterans on such an important day. Perhaps you need to research Veterans Day and then you can fully understand what it represents.

      1. I’m sure the “minor holiday” is not an attack on veterans — I’m a veteran, and didn’t take Chris’s statement as such — but a simple recognition that the vast majority of people still have to get to work today.

        It doesn’t make sense for a transit agency to pretend that people don’t have to get to jobs, no matter how the agency feels about our veterans.

      2. Thanks Martin. I meant “minor” in the sense it isn’t as widely observed as the “major” holidays of New Year’s, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

        MLK Day, President’s Day, Columbus Day, and Veteran’s Day are all important observances, but unfortunately are days when many people have to work. When transit agencies adopt reduced schedules for these days (or Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, and New Years’ Eve) they interfere with a lot of people’s mobility some of whom may not have access to alternatives.

      3. KING5 News this morning said that KC Metro goes to weekday holiday schedules on days it expects ridership to drop by 40% or more. Schools are out so a lot of people have to stay home to look after kids. And of course UW observes Veterans Day which is pretty big. I don’t recall what the percentage of Government employment is in DT Seattle but it’s one of if not the major employer so I can see the 40% figure. On the bright side… parking is free :=

      4. All of Seattle Public Schools was off. But Sounder and Double Tall were on their normal schedules so I had a fun afternoon.

    3. When I lived in Seattle, Presidents’ Day was considered a SUNDAY (yikes!) with a few extra rush-hour trips. I’m glad to see they don’t do that anymore. That said, I really can’t see cutting service for Veterans’ Day at all, except for the UW routes.

  3. Well, all the government and financial workers have the day off… which is a significant chunk of Downtown commuters.

    I had an excellent bus driver last night who reminded everyone that her particular run is one of those scheduled NOT to run on Wednesday. :-)

    1. In Minnesota, thanks to a new law this year, veterans with service-connected disabilities get to ride every public transit system in the state for free. (I’m not sure how this works on those few systems that are directly on the state line, namely Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks-East Grand Forks, Duluth-Superior, and LaCrosse-LaCrescent.)

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