Travelers in King County should plan for snow late Sunday and Monday morning, and be ready for disruptions to transit service and unincorporated roads.
King County Metro Transit is preparing to shift buses to snow routes in all areas of King County forMonday morning’s commute, and plans to equip all buses in service with chains. Subscribers of email and text transit alerts will receive notifications and information will be posted to Metro’s Snow and Ice page. Customers are urged to sign up for transit alerts and familiarize themselves with the planned snow route for their regular bus by visiting Metrowinter.com.
Typically, snow routes move buses away from hills and neighborhood streets and onto less-steep streets and arterials that are likely to be plowed. Buses also will coordinate with specially-chained shuttles equipped to connect riders from hilly or difficult-to-access areas with transit service on major corridors.
Metro will continue to monitor weather conditions as they develop and issue transit alerts as more information becomes available. Crews are prepared to adjust service where needed.
The King County Department of Transportation urges Metro Transit customers and people who travel unincorporated county roads to monitor weather conditions and plan for possible travel delays.
For weather and route information
- King County’s My Commute page is a resource for monitoring the status of roads, and information is available on the county roads’ snow response page.
- Metro Transit riders can review timetables and the transit adverse weather page for snow route information.
- Regional updates will be posted on the King County Emergency blog.
Riders should also:
- Familiarize themselves with the planned snow route for their regular bus by visitingMetrowinter.com.
- Be aware of conditions in areas where they will be traveling and allow extra time. Buses may not operate on schedule and may be crowded.
- Be patient. Increased ridership during bad weather can result in crowded buses and a longer-than-usual wait when calling the Customer Information Office. Metro staff will not be able to tell you when a bus will arrive at a specific stop.
- Dress warmly for the walk to the bus stop and wear appropriate footwear.
- Head for bus stops on main arterials or at major transfer points such as park-and-ride lots, transit centers, or shopping centers.
- Walk to bus stops where the street is level when safely possible. Avoid hills where buses may not be able to stop.
Department of Transportation divisions
Metro Transit supervisors are staffing the agency’s control center, actively monitoring the forecast and will respond to changing weather conditions in the event they affect roads across King County. Vehicle maintenance staff are prepared to respond to stuck coaches. As weather conditions continue to develop, Metro customers are urged to familiarize themselves with the planned snow route for their regular bus.
Water Taxi crews are prepared to respond to icy conditions should they develop at the docks served by the water taxi, which currently operates weekday service. West Seattle customers who ride Metro shuttles to the water taxi are encouraged to subscribe to Metro transit alerts for routes 773 and 775 for any service disruptions.
Airport personnel monitor airfield conditions, including during periods of very cold temperatures and possible snow. Crews are prepared to remove snow from the runways when needed.
Resources for travelers
- Sign up for Metro Transit Alerts (text, email, tweets via @kcmetrobus, see RSS feed via desktop or mobile RSS reader)
- Sign up for King County Road Alerts (text, email, tweets via @kcroads)
- Sign up for King County Water Taxi Alerts (text, email)
- Visit the King County My Commute page
- Visit the Eye on Your Metro Commute (blog during peak weekday commutes)