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Metro Labor Day Weekend Transit Alerts


On Labor Day, Monday, September 2, Metro Transit operates a Sunday schedule.

Metro offices, including the Customer Information phone line, and the Lost and Found and Pass Sales counters, will be closed.  If a Metro bus route does not normally operate on Sunday, it will not operate on Labor Day.


Labor Day Weekend Alerts

Transit service will be affected by several events in and around the Seattle area this weekend. Expect possible service disruptions due to closed streets, traffic and congestion associated with community activities.

Even if service is affected by events, construction, street closures, temporary reroutes or delays, riding transit is still a great way to get to events and activities where there is often traffic congestion and limited parking.

When buses are rerouted around event venues, they still usually travel close to the regular route.  Nearly all transit service that operates through downtown Seattle travels close to T-Mobile Park and CenturyLink Field, or provides an easy transfer to service that does.

The posted start and end times of sporting, community or construction events may be subject to change. Use regularly published schedules, allow plenty of travel time and expect possible delays


Text for departures
Text your stop ID to 62550 to find out the next scheduled or estimated departure time of transit service at a stop.

Seattle Seahawks Thursday night pre-season game
Commuters heading home and fans heading to the game are advised to expect possible significant transit service delays before Thursday night’s pre-season Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field.  Kickoff time is at 7:00 PM.

There is lots of regular transit service to and from the stadium area, including Sound Transit Link light rail. Nearly all routes that travel to or through downtown Seattle stop near CenturyLink Field, and there are many area park-and-ride lots where fans can park for free, and ride regularly scheduled transit service to the stadium area.

Most game-related traffic impacts are expected to be in the SODO, Stadium, Pioneer Square, downtown Seattle and adjacent areas, however service that travels near or through those neighborhoods could be delayed in other areas as well.


Both regular transit commuters and football fans are advised to plan for delays and allow plenty of travel time in all areas on game days.

Husky home opener on Saturday
Metro will operate non-stop shuttle service from five King County park-and-ride lots, as well as some extra neighborhood service on regular routes.  Some regularly scheduled Metro Transit service will be rerouted in the Montlake and Husky Stadium areas during Saturday’s UW Husky football home game.

Saturday’s kick-off is scheduled for 12:00 PM.

Riding Link light rail is the best way to get from south King County, the Rainier Valley, Beacon Hill, downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill to Husky games. UW Link Station is located just outside Husky Stadium. 

Husky fans riding transit are encouraged to allow plenty of time, as the streets around the University District and Husky Stadium areas will be congested, and buses and trains are likely to be crowded.

Weekend highlights 
Pax West
Although there may be service delays near this event venue, transit is an excellent way to get to and from the Pax West gaming festival at the Washington State Convention Center. 

During this event, from Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2, expect possible service delays for buses operating near the Convention Center. Additionally, Sound Transit Express Route 550 will be rerouted near the Convention Center starting on Saturday.

Transit service near Seattle Center may experience delays due to crowds and traffic associated with Bumbershoot, from Friday, August 30 through Sunday, September 1.Ride Metro bus routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 13, 24, 32 or 33, or the RapidRide D Line to get directly to the festival.  Routes 5, 26, 28, 40, RapidRide C and E lines and the South Lake Union Streetcar travel to within walking distance of Seattle Center. 

Trailhead Direct – seasonal weekend service to hiking trails
Metro’s Trailhead Direct routes will operate on Labor Day, September 2.

Trailhead Direct is a seasonal service that operates on weekends and holidays between April and October during the hiking season.

Four Trailhead Direct routes provide service to the Issaquah AlpsCougar MountainMount Si & Mt Teneriffe and Mailbox Peak trailheads.

Riding Trailhead Direct requires payment of a regular Metro fare in both directions with cash, ORCA or the Transit GO mobile app

Hike safely. Take plenty of water. Let someone know where you are going and be aware that cell service availability may be limited.

Sign up for Trailhead Direct service advisories under the ‘Metro Community Connections’ category, or check for updates before you go.

Saturday, August 31
Magnolia Farmers Market
Each Saturday through October 12, from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Metro Route 31 will be rerouted during the Magnolia Farmers Market.

Sunday, September 1
On Sunday, the Sounders play a match at CenturyLink field at 3:30 PM.

Labor Day Schedules

Labor Day – Monday, September 2
Metro operates Sunday service.

The City of Seattle First Hill Streetcar Line operates its Sunday/holiday schedule.

The City of Seattle South Lake Union Streetcar Line operates its Sunday/holiday schedule.

The King County West Seattle Water Taxi operates its Sunday schedule.

The King County Vashon Island Water Taxi does not operate on holidays.

Ride2 Eastgate service does not operate on Labor Day.

Ride2 West Seattle service operates on Labor Day.

Via to Transit Southeast Seattle service operates according to Sunday hours.

Via to Transit Tukwila service does not operate on holidays. 

Known construction-related impacts to transit service are posted in Metro’s online Service Advisories table and sent to Transit Alert subscribers. 

It’s a good idea to sign up for Transit Alerts or otherwise check for a service advisory before you travel.

Transit service during unexpected or civic events 
In areas where there are crowds, traffic, weather or civic events, whether scheduled or unexpected, disrupting normal travel patterns or activities, 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. Transit riders are encouraged to know the alternate stops or routes that may be near their starting points and destinations.

Depending on the time and the nature of such events, Metro may not be able to provide real-time information or service updates via email or text.  Event start and end times and other details may be subject to change.

The above is aggregated content from King County Metro Transit.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its content.


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