Bellevue Botanical Gardens Holiday Lights, a brisk walk from route 271
Bellevue Botanical Gardens Holiday Lights,
a brisk walk from route 271

It is that time of year again, to pay attention to the special holiday week schedules at King County Metro, along with holiday and holiday eve service reductions on other agencies around the region.

King County Metro will run a UW Reductions schedule, cancelling designated trips on routes 31, 32, 48, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 271, 277, 331, 372, and 373 Monday through Wednesday of Christmas Week.

Christmas Eve and Monday, December 28 through New Year’s Eve, Metro will continue running a UW Reductions schedule, along with a Reduced Weekday schedule, cancelling routes 114, 192, 201, 237, 304, 308, 316, 330, 355, Group Health Express, and 930, and cancelling designated trips on routes 31, 32, 48, 65, 67, 68, 75, 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 111, 116, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, 128, 143, 150, 153, 157, 158, 159, 167, 168, 169, 177, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 190, 197, 212, 214, 218, 219, 232, 242, 244, 249, 252, 255, 269, 271, 277, 303, 311, 312, 331, 342, 372, 373, 907, and 931.

Service levels for the various transit agencies around the region for Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day are below the fold.

Agency Christmas Eve Christmas New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day
Clallam Transit Weekday No Service Weekday No Service
Community Transit Weekday Sunday Weekday Sunday
Everett Transit Weekday Sunday Weekday Sunday
Greys Harbor Transit Weekday No Service Weekday No Service
Island Transit Weekday No Service Weekday No Service
Intercity Transit Weekday Ending Early No Service Weekday No Service
Jefferson Transit Weekday No Service Weekday No Service
KC Water Taxis 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
Mason Transit Weekday No Service Weekday No Service
Monorail 7:30 AM – 6 PM No Service 7:30 AM – 1 AM 10 AM – 11 PM
Pierce Transit Weekday Sunday Weekday Sunday
Sound Transit Weekday Sunday/ No Sounder Weekday Sunday/ No Sounder
S.L.U. Streetcar 6 AM – 9 PM No Service 6 AM – 9 PM 10 AM – 7 PM
Skagit Transit Weekday No Service Weekday No Service
Twin Transit Reduced Hours No Service Reduced Hours No Service
Whatcom Transit Weekday No Service Weekday No Service

Washington State Ferries will begin its winter schedule on Sunday, December 27. It is best to just check the schedule for your route for the day you are planning to travel.

Most of the agencies have alert services you can sign up for to get the latest news about service alterations, including weather re-routes and cancellations.

Regular Sunday Closures

Many of the region’s smaller transit agencies are not in service on any Sunday:
Clallam Transit
Greys Harbor Transit
Island Transit (which does not operate on Saturdays either)
Jefferson Transit
Kitsap Transit
Mason Transit
Skagit Transit
Twin Transit

One of the blessings this year was the restoration of Sunday service on Community Transit.

Happy Holidays, and travel safely!

10 Replies to “Holiday Service Reductions Start Monday”

  1. Holidays are important, of course, but I hope we have a strong transit plan this year for new year’s celebrations.

    Getting folks home after parties (who are mostly drunk) is pretty important. Standing for long periods of time in the cold tends to encourage bad decisions, especially when someone is a bit buzzed.

    1. You’ll notice that the monorail is running until 1 am.

      Tacoma Link and Link Light Rail will run later than usual, but the closing time has not yet been announced.

      I agree that we need more late service on New Year’s Eve. And Friday nights in general. And Saturday nights.

      1. The monorail is great at getting people to and from Seattle Center, and not much else. If you extend the monorail’s hours but don’t run buses late at night to get people out of downtown on the other end, then what good have you done?

    1. Yeah, weird. IT has connecting routes to Tacoma and Lakewood, and ST has a route from Olympia to Seattle with connections to Intercity Transit. It should be included in the list!

  2. I’m really (and somewhat, unpleasantly) surprised at how many commuter routes are canceled in their entirety on reduced weekdays, especially given Metro’s realization that the concept of a reduced weekday schedule is misguided. And of course they did away with reduced weekday schedules for routes operating wholly in Seattle only without figuring out how to adjust operations to pay for the small number of days and small increase in service it would take to do it county-wide (I guess “King County” Metro stopped taking the rest of the county seriously after the first prop 1 fail?)

    But with routes being entirely canceled, it seems like it’s less about adjusting for reduced demand, but rather about adjusting for differences in commute origin? Or something? I’m sorry, I didn’t realize that everybody who works in Meridian Park always get the day off on Veteran’s day, while most of the people who live in Twin Lakes still work on Veterans day (number of route 316 trips is comparable to number of route 179 trips on a normal weekday). Even route 355, which has a lot of trips for a commuter-only route, has every single trip canceled on reduced weekdays. It doesn’t make much sense to me.

    1. Some 2/3 of the UW riders disappear when the university is not in session, and a lot of people take vacation days right before and after the holidays, so the volume is not enough to justify all the commuter runs. Metro and ST are having difficulty predicting the remaining demand; it often doesn’t quite match “Sunday service” or “cancel the extra runs”. The suburbs didn’t pay for supplemental service so they can’t expect to receive it.

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