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Metro buses to operate on reduced schedules over holiday

King County Metro Transit reminds riders buses will be operating on reduced schedules over the Thanksgiving holiday and during several holiday periods through January – including a full week of reduced service at the end of December.

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, Metro will operate a Sunday schedule. On Friday, Nov. 23, Metro will operate reduced weekday service, which offers more service than on weekends, but somewhat less service than on normal weekdays.

Using a limited schedule over holiday periods from November through January is estimated to save Metro about $1 million each year. These are planned reductions for holiday periods when Metro has historically seen a reduction in the number of weekday riders – estimated to be 15 percent or more systemwide.

Details are posted on Metro’s holiday and reduced service page.

Sunday schedules will be in effect on the following holidays:

  • Thursday, Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25 – Christmas
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day

The reduced weekday schedule will be in effect on:

  • Friday, Nov. 23 – day after Thanksgiving
  • Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
  • Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 26-28  – winter holiday period
  • Monday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve
  • Monday, Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On days with reduced weekday schedules, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and other routes have individual trips canceled. Also, Metro makes some adjustments to routes that serve the University of Washington (UW). When the UW is not in session, there will be some bus trip reductions.

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