UW winterWith University of Washington classes out next week, be prepared for service reductions on several King County Metro routes, including routes 31, 32, 48, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 271, 277, 372, and 373. Metro will be running the “No UW” schedule (or as I will call it in the chart, “Less UW”) on weekdays from December 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015. Service levels will drop further, affecting many more routes, December 24 – January 2.

The full list of holiday service levels is below the fold.

Agency Christmas Eve Christmas New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day
Community Transit Weekday/Reduced No Service Weekday/Reduced No Service
Everett Transit Weekday No Service Weekday No Service
King Cnty Psgr Ferries Weekday No Service Weekday No Service
King County Metro Reduced/Less UW Sunday Reduced/Less UW Sunday
Kitsap Transit Weekday No Service Weekday No Service
Monorail 7:30 AM – 6 PM No Service 7:30 AM – 1 AM 10 AM – 9 PM
Pierce Transit Weekday Sunday Weekday Sunday
Sound Transit Weekday Sunday/No Sndr Weekday Sunday/No Sndr
S.L.U. Streetcar 6 AM – 9 PM 10 AM – 7 PM 6 AM – 9 PM 10 AM – 7 PM
WA State Ferries See Schedules Below

Community Transit will run all local routes on regular weekday schedules Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but the only commuter routes going to Seattle will be 402, 413, 421, and 855.

Washington State Ferries will begin its winter schedule on December 28. The current schedule is available here. Check your particular route to see how the new schedule and holidays will impact it.

On the flip side, there will be extended hours on New Year’s Eve for Link Light Rail, with the last trip departing Westlake Station at 1:13 AM, and for the monorail:

On December 31. 2014, the Monorail will be open until 1:00 AM for the New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Space Needle. Due to regulations, the Monorail will carry its last passengers from Westlake Center to Seattle Center at approximately 11:15 PM. We will resume service from Seattle Center to Westlake Center once we receive the ‘ALL CLEAR’ from the Fire Marshall (estimated to be 12:20 AM) – from this point we will carry passengers until 1:00 AM.

Most of the agencies have alert services you can sign up for to get the latest news about service alterations.

12 Replies to “Winter Service Reductions Start Next Week”

    1. Yes, they are.

      Metro has a new transit schedule feed this year (actually, in the past couple of months) that gets holidays correct. The web version of OneBusAway for route 48 shows December 15th through 23rd weekdays as having a different schedule than the rest of the month, but all of those days have the same schedule, and the 25th as being a Sunday schedule. If you look compare the route 48 Metro schedule to the OBA schedule for the 15th, the No-UW trips are not listed in OBA.

  1. TriMet charges no fares after 8 pm on New Year’s Eve to try to reduce the number of drunks on the road. Anyone up there do anything like that?

  2. Plenty of people work at the UW and are expected to show up even during Christmas break. No UW schedule isn’t going to help them.

    1. Metro calling it the “No UW” schedule is confusing, for obvious reasons. Most staff know by now that “no UW” does not mean there isn’t any service to UW, but rather that certain designated runs are cancelled, to make capacity match demand better.

      How about “limited UW”, “reduced UW”, “UW not in session”, “UW break”, or “less UW”? “Reduced UW/Reduced” might also be confusing.

      1. Whew.

        I worked at the UW for 30 years and rode the #48 for many of those years, but I never knew this. You live and learn.

  3. Could you provide clarity on ferry service? I glanced at King County Ferries on your table and thought you were saying that Washington State Ferries would offer No Service on New Year’s Day.

    Your table should be revised to say King County Water Taxi, and it would be good to list Washington State Ferries since they do run a holiday schedule as well. The short, Seattle-only version would be to list “Bainbridge – weekend” for both Dec 25 & Jan 1.

    Good to see that you linked to the rest of the WSF schedule, since there are other ferry runs operating on holiday schedules.

    1. Thanks.

      I changed the row label to “King Cnty Psgr Ferries” and added a row for “WA State Ferries”, saying “See Schedules Below.” Does that remove any and all confusion?

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