Metro service schedule over New Years weekend

Metro service will be affected by holiday schedules, weekend events and possibly weather.

Metro Transit service will operate on revised schedules, and will be affected by holiday weekend events, as well as possible adverse weather over New Year’s weekend.

On Sunday, Jan. 1, Metro will operate on a regular Sunday schedule, as usual.

Day after the New Year – Monday, Jan. 2

On the day after New Year’s Day, Monday, Jan. 2, Metro operates a Sunday schedule and Sunday fares apply. If your bus does not normally operate on Sunday, it will not operate on Monday.

Metro offices, including the Customer Information phone line, and Lost and Found and Pass Sales counters, are closed on Monday, Jan. 2. The Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000 will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Holiday weekend events

New Year’s Eve at the Needle

On Saturday, Dec. 31, the New Year’s Eve at the Needle celebration at Seattle Center will result in expected large crowds and significant traffic slowdowns. As long as your transit service is scheduled to operate late enough into the evening, riding transit is a great way to get to and from the event.

There is no special bus service provided for this event. Customers should use the regularly published schedules to plan their trips, then be prepared for possible delays, crowded buses and cold weather. Those in outlying areas who want to attend this event may want to consider a park and ride lot or transit center for bus service.

If streets are blocked or closed during this event, there may be unexpected temporary reroutes to transit service. Check the Service Advisories page in Metro Online before heading out, then be aware of conditions in the Seattle Center area during the event. If necessary, go to bus stops away from Seattle Center to find bus service. Get the Trip Planner app for your mobile device.

Other events

During the weekend there are other community events that may affect transit service. Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for complete information about revised bus service, routing and stops for all planned events.

Unscheduled events

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. During these kinds of events, be prepared for unexpectedly revised traffic or routing and for delays in transit service.

Possible weekend snow or ice

During the New Year’s holiday weekend, transit service in King County may be affected by snow or ice.

If Metro service is significantly affected by snow or other weather-related events, the Metro Online website will be updated and Transit Alerts will be sent to affected subscribers.

Metro riders can prepare ahead of time by visiting Metro Online and familiarizing themselves with information about how Metro operates in the snow if ordered to do so, as well as the snow routing for the routes they ride when it is in effect.

When streets are snowy or icy, it is best to be aware of conditions in your immediate area, check media reports, check for transit reroutes, then wait for buses at posted bus stops on the flat portions of arterial streets that have been cleared, or at major transfer points such as transit centers or park and ride lots.

Be prepared for the weather, longer than usual waits and more crowded buses.

While Metro utilizes all available resources to operate service as normally as possible during adverse conditions, everyone’s safety is the highest priority. Buses may be delayed or rerouted, and Metro staff cannot tell when a specific bus might get to a stop. Transit customers should check the Snow and Ice page for information about their route’s status or routing revisions, use the regularly published schedule as a guide, then expect delays.


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