Mercer Island Reporter


Metro routes change for Holidays

November 27, 2013 · 11:34 AM

Metro Transit has upcoming holiday schedules, reduced service Thanksgiving schedules in effect Nov. 28 and 29 King County Metro Transit reminds riders that buses will operate on holiday and reduced weekday 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. 28, Metro will operate a Sunday schedule. On Friday, Nov. 29, Metro will operate reduced weekday service, which offers more service than on weekends, but somewhat less service than on normal weekdays.

On Mercer Island the 201 is canceled during a “reduced weekday schedule” days. Routes with fewer trips during reduced weekday schedule operation, (Identified in customer timetables with an "H") include the 202 and 203 Island routes. Route 205 is also canceled when the UW is not in session

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. 28 – ThanksgivingWednesday, Dec. 25 – ChristmasWednesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day The reduced weekday schedule will be in effect on:Friday, Nov. 29 – day after ThanksgivingTuesday, Dec. 24 – Christmas EveThursday, Friday and Monday, Dec. 26-30  – weekdays, winter holiday periodTuesday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s EveMonday, Jan. 20 – 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.

An overview of all Metro holiday service is online at metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/holidays.html. Visit Metro Online for more information, or call the Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000.


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