Metro service affected by Thanksgiving weekend events

Holiday and events will disrupt normal bus schedules through Sunday

Transit service on Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving will operate on revised schedules, and will be affected by holiday weekend events.

Metro offices, including the Customer Information phone line, and Lost and Found and Pass Sales counters, are closed on Thursday and Friday. The Customer Information Office at (206) 553-3000 will reopen on Monday morning.

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 24

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, Metro operates a Sunday schedule and Sunday fares apply. If your bus does not normally operate on Sunday, it will not operate on Thanksgiving.

Day after Thanksgiving – Friday, Nov. 25

On the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 25, Metro operates its reduced weekday service and University of Washington reductions, and regular weekday fares apply.

On Friday, a few commuter routes are completely canceled, and individual trips on some other routes are also canceled.

Holiday weekend events

On all four days of the weekend there are events that will affect transit service in several areas.

Start and end times of events are subject to change.

In areas where there are crowds, traffic or unscheduled events, transit riders are advised to be aware of conditions in their immediate vicinity – such as street closures, detours, police directions, etc. – and be prepared for delays or to make revisions to travel plans – such as using a different bus stop or a different route – based on specific circumstances.

Seattle Turkey Trot

Holiday weekend events kick-off with the Seattle Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Route 45 will be rerouted in the Loyal Heights area from 7-11 a.m., and will not operate west of Earl Avenue NW.

Heading toward Loyal Heights, use stops on NW 85th Street east of 24th Avenue NW or at Earl Avenue NW. Heading toward the University District, use stops on NW 85th Street east of Earl Avenue NW.

Macy’s Holiday Parade & Westlake Tree Lighting

Macy’s annual holiday parade and tree lighting will affect transit service in downtown Seattle for most of the day on Friday, Nov. 25.

Buses operating on Pine and Union streets, and on 4th and 5th Avenues, will be rerouted at different times during the day. Expect service delays throughout the Seattle area.

Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon

The Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon will affect transit service in and around the Seattle Center area on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Buses that travel on Denny Way near Seattle Center will be rerouted via Broad St from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Expect possible delays for all service in the area due to increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Magnolia Winterfest

Also on Saturday, the Magnolia Winterfest will require the Route 31 to be rerouted off eastbound W McGraw Street between 34th Avenue W and 32nd Avenue W. Use the stop on eastbound W McGraw Street east of 32nd Avenue W.

Seattle Marathon

Holiday events wrap up with the Seattle Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 27.

Buses are mainly affected by reroutes around the Seattle Center, South Lake Union and SODO areas. Reroutes will begin as early as the start of service and may last as late as 2 p.m.

Additionally, in order to maintain reliable schedules, Route 49 will operate a shuttle between Capitol Hill and the University District, following Route 49 regular routing.

Expect delays in service for all routes along and near the Marathon course on Sunday.

Downtown Bellevue – holiday traffic reroutes

Every year Metro reroutes certain routes in downtown Bellevue to help mitigate service delays due to heavy congestion associated with shopping activity and the Snowflake Lane display. These reroutes will begin on Friday, Nov. 25 and continue through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.

Metro routes 246 and 271 will be rerouted off of a portion of NE 8th Street, and Sound Transit Route 550 will be rerouted off of a portion of Bellevue Way NE.

Visit Metro Online for complete transit information.


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