Metro Will Have Reduced Service Monday Due To Holiday (+ A Snow Update)


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Metro bus abandoned in a field in Des Moines, Nov. 2010.

Metro Transit will be offering reduced service on Monday, Jan. 16, both due to it being the Martin Luther King holiday as well as the possibility of snow.

“Bus riders should keep an eye on the weather forecast over the weekend and into next week,” reads a press release. “Cold temperatures and possible snow showers could result in Metro going to snow routing. You can monitor the status of service on Metro’s snow webpage, and sign up for Transit Alerts for the routes you use most often.”

And for all you kids out there anxious for the latest snow update, here’s the latest forecast:

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Calm wind.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Calm wind.

Friday: Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Light northeast wind.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Light and variable wind.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. South wind around 5 mph.

Saturday Night: Rain showers likely. Snow level 3600 feet lowering to 400 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level 200 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level 200 feet. Cloudy, with a low around 34.

M.L.King Day: A chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level 400 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 37.

Monday Night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level 400 feet. Cloudy, with a low around 33.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 37.

Tuesday Night: A chance of rain showers. Cloudy, with a low around 31.

Wednesday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Snow level 300 feet. Cloudy, with a high near 38.

Also on Monday, Jan. 16, a rally will be held in Seattle to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Participants in the rally will march along portions of 23rd Avenue, Union Street, Madison Street, and Second Avenue. Watch for reroutes and possible delays on Metro routes 2, 12, 16, 48, 60 and 66, as well as routes that travel along Second Avenue between Seneca and Cherry streets in downtown Seattle. Other bus routes could be delayed depending on traffic conditions in these areas. Details on the planned reroutes can be found online.

On days with reduced weekday schedules, Metro does not operate some commuter and school-oriented routes, and other routes have individual trips canceled. The next reduced-service holiday is Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20.

A complete list of routes that are canceled or have trip cancellations on these days can be found online.

The reduced weekday schedule features more bus service than on weekends, but somewhat less service than on normal weekdays. This schedule is typically used on about 10 days through the year with historically lower ridership, and is estimated to save Metro about $1 million annually.

Visit Metro Online for more information, or call the Customer Information Office at (206) 553-3000.

For information about King County Water Taxi service – and shuttle routes 773 and 775, please visit the Water Taxi website.

Photo by David Sharpe

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