I give thanks that transit operates 365 days a year here in Seattle. Some in transit get the day off, some do not.

The day after Thanksgiving is now designated Mark McLaughlin Day by King County, in honor of the operator who was shot and killed by a passenger 17 years ago. The bus went off the Aurora Bridge, and miraculously landed upright in a clump of trees. Only three people died — McLaughlin, the gunman, and one passenger.

The safety record of public transit is something for which I am grateful. I tell the operator “thanks” every time I ride the bus.

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26

Numerous transit agencies will not be in service on Thankgiving Day: the monorail, the South Lake Union Streetcar, the King County Water Taxis, Skagit Transit, Island Transit, Whatcom Transit, Clallam Transit, Intercity Transit, Twin Transit, Mason Transit, Jefferson Transit, Greys Harbor Transit, and Kitsap Transit. Nor will Sounder or Community Transit commuter buses be running.

The remaining agencies will be running on Sunday schedules: King County Metro, Sound Transit’s other services (Link Light Rail, ST Express, and the Tacoma Link streetcar), Pierce Transit, Community Transit’s local routes, and Everett Transit.

Macy's Parade route
The Day After Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27

Sounder will be running on a special limited service schedule, including a mid-day round trip to serve the parade.

Most agencies will be back on their normal weekday schedules: the South Lake Union Streetcar, the monorail, Pierce Transit, Skagit Transit, Island Transit, Whatcom Transit, Clallam Transit, Intercity Transit, Jefferson Transit, Greys Harbor Transit, and Kitsap Transit. ST Express, the Tacoma Link streetcar, and Community Transit local buses will also be on weekday schedules.

The only Community Transit commuter routes running will be routes 402, 413, 421, and 855.

Mason Transit and Twin Transit will be on Saturday schedules.

Everett Transit will be on its Sunday schedule.

King County Water Taxis will not be in service.

King County Metro will be running a Reduced Weekday and Reduced UW schedule, so if your route is one of the dozens affected, check your route’s schedule to see which trips are indicated as being cancelled.

The permanent advice for Washington State Ferries is to check the schedule for your route, and make a reservation, if driving and if your route takes reservations.

Sunday, November 29

The monorail will open early, at 6:45 am, for the Seattle Marathon.

9 Replies to “Thanksgiving Service”

  1. The Seattle Marathon is one of the more disruptive events which happen in Our Fair City, especially for those dependent on the #11 whose schedule is anything but reliaiable until at least mid-day on those Sundays. Seriuous consideration ought to be given to an alteration of the marathon route, or a better way to get the buses through the runners.

    1. If only there were a train going right under all those runners, and a place where riders on route 11 could choose to hop on that train…

      And if only traffic could stop disrupting these runners’ desire to exercise every day …

    2. I will say that it is unusual that Seattle has 2 marathons per year, while to my knowledge most major cities only have 1.

      However, I’ve learned my lesson about debating the merits of marathons so I’ll leave it at that.

  2. This is idiotic.

    I am flying back in to SeaTac on Friday and expect to find the 180 and 168 running on a reasonable schedule (meaning, I don’t want to be standing in the cold and rain with my suitcase and laptop bag).

    If I take Metro for such a use, it shouldn’t be dependent on holidays (or even the work week for that matter).

    In fact, for all out of town travel routes, shouldn’t you have more service?

    1. Core local routes are not affected much. The only “H” trip on the 168 is the first morning run at 4:34am westbound. The only ones on the 180 are two afternoon peak runs southbound; these are Kent-Auburn shuttles so they’re “extras” for commuter capacity. You can check the schedules to make sure I haven’t made a mistake, but those are the only runs I see. Other core local routes are similar: just one or two extra runs in the mid-morning or afternoon are canceled.

      A lot of the UW runs are funded by the U-pass, including some northeast Seattle routes, so that’s why more of them go away. But again, you won’t see much change on the 48, just two extra runs when it’s most frequent, and the 75 is similar.

  3. I think this is the only day of the year I can get in rare mileage–from Seattle to Lakewood and back on Sounder. In the daylight, no less. Now I just have to get up early enough to catch the 7:40 train southbound.

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