By: Cameron Aubernon

Seattle Transit Blog wishes our readership a fun and (hopefully!) relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. Transit riders should expect reduced schedules both Thursday and Friday, and each agency is approaching holiday service slightly differently. Here’s the rundown:

  • Thanksgiving Day
    • Metro: Sunday Service
    • Community Transit: No Service
    • Sound Transit: No Sounder Service, ST Express and Link on Sunday service
    • Pierce Transit: Sunday Service
    • King County Water Taxi: No Service
  • Day After Thanksgiving
    • Metro: “Reduced Weekday/No UW” Service
    • Community Transit: Regular local service, reduced commuter service
    • Sound Transit: Special Sounder Service (see below), regular service on ST Express, and Link on Saturday service
    • Pierce Transit: Regular Service
    • King County Water Taxi: No Service

The most interesting wrinkle in holiday service will be the modified Sounder service for Black Friday. There will be 3 trips offered on the South Line, with a rare mid-day trip enabling South King and Pierce residents to attend the Macy’s parade, spend a few hours shopping, and return home at 2:30 or 5:42pm. Those on the North Line will have just a single trip, with a 9 hour window between trips. Everett riders may want to consider taking Sounder one way and Route 512 the other way.

Thanksgiving Sounder

9 Replies to “Thanksgiving Transit Service Roundup”

  1. The SLU street car wasn’t running today. I checked the website, and it listed hours for “Sundays & Holidays”. Kinda confusing.

  2. Day after thanksgiving is the only day of the year that I can take the Sounder (for the pure fun of it) to Lakewood and back. Per the regular M-F schedule, all trains arriving at Lakewood of course spend the night there. So even though it will be dark upon leaving Lakewood, going to will be mostly during daylight. Rare mileage for me.

  3. How many of you actually took transit anywhere today? How busy was it?

    I spent about 20 minutes on TriMet #14 today, starting around 8:30 am. There were never more than about 5 or so people on the bus at one time, but during the time I was on board there were probably 25-30 people that were given rides from one point to another.

    1. I took a short trip to the waterfront at sunset. Took the 43 from Capitol Hill to downtown, D to Seattle Center, walked across the bicycle bridge, admired the new pocket beaches, walked down Alaskan Way to the Bell Street elevator, on Bell Street past the non-woonferf, saw six dogs and one man in the dog park, took the C downtown, didn’t want to wait for another bus, walked home. The buses were all pretty empty.

    2. I actually moved around quite a bit today. I wanted to take a new backpack for a test run (literally) uphill on Eastlake, and I decided to get a Pronto pass because I thought OBA would be broken. The test run was a bust, so I toddled about for a bit on the Pronto bike before getting on a 72 south on Eastlake — turns out that OBA wasn’t broken at all. I showered, put the slow cooker on, and then took a 49 down to Seven Star for dinner with friends. Both buses were ~40% full, at a rough guess?

      It was rides / lyft there on out, though.

    3. For a few years I traveled from North Seattle to Shoreline (North City) and back on Christmas Day, via the old 75/now 40 to the 347/348. I was surprised by how many people were on those buses, although the Northgate TC felt pretty abandoned.

  4. The afternoon Northbound Sounder trip is pretty useless for doing anything in Seattle unless Seattle is your destination or you are willing to take a ST Express back home. It’s just an artifact of single train operations on the route.

    I really wish that ST would start running a single train back and forth during off peak hours, it’s otherwise pretty useless for off peak travel or reverse commutes. If they implemented this service people working overnight shifts could actually manage to make it home on a train and it would be useful for mid-day trips that otherwise require a long bus trip.

    1. Many of us would be delighted to just get a bus ride home from our late shifts. The 512, as it is, makes more useful stops than North Sounder, can run with much better frequency, takes about the same time for the whole trip, doesn’t get stopped by mudslides, and does it without costing taxpayers $50 million for a permanent easement from BN&SF for each additional trip. In time, the 512 will be replaced by Link, with 10-minute headway or better all day, and hopefully running the 512 as its shadow overnight.. But for now, if you want overnight service, ask for the 512 to run overnight.

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