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Capitol Hill Community Post | Ride Transit to, and expect crowds and delays during, Inauguration Day events and Saturday’s Womxn’s March

From King County Metro

On Inauguration Day, . January 20, several planned civic events may cause service delays, disruptions or temporary reroutes in parts of Metro’s service area, most notably the greater downtown Seattle area.

There may also be events in other areas, and Friday’s afternoon peak period commute may be significantly affected.  Delays could occur anywhere in Metro’s service area. On Saturday, January 21,Metro Transit will be both a primary transportation resource for, and significantly affected by, theWomxn’s March on Seattle.

Inauguration Day
On Friday there are currently no planned transit reroutes.  If streets are closed or blocked, however, buses may have to travel via alternate streets until their usual routes clear.  Transit riders who may be affected are encouraged to sign up for Transit Alerts, consider alternate travel plans, be aware of conditions in their immediate vicinity, know their transit options and be prepared for delays, reroutes and crowds.

Ride Metro to the Womxn’s March
Several Metro bus routes travel to or near Judkins Park, the planned starting point for the Womxn’s March.  They are routes 4, 7, 14, 48, ST 550 and ST 554. Other routes go to within what may be walking distance for some participants. Every transit route – including Link light rail – that serves the downtown Seattle area, goes near other points along the event route where participants can join. Once the march starts, from about 11:00 AM until streets are clear, transit service will be rerouted off of S Jackson St and off of 4th Av through downtown Seattle.  There will also be reroutes in the Seattle Center area, and possible other locations along the event route as well.  Check Metro Online afternoon for all planned Saturday reroutes. Even when they are rerouted, downtown area bus routes travel only a short distance – usually 1-3 blocks – from their normal routing and stops, so it is usually not necessary to find alternate routes to get close to destinations. Some riders, however, may want to consider alternate routes depending on their specific needs. 

Transit Fares
All transit rides require payment of a valid fare.  What and how to pay are dependent on the mode, distance and time of travel. While the regional ORCA card is the most popular method of fare payment, especially for regular riders, and is available at many locations (but not on the bus), infrequent riders may want to try the Transit GO mobile ticketing app, a downloadable fare payment solution, currently being provided via a pilot project, that is fast, easy and available on Metro Transit buses, Sound Transit Link and Sounder trains and the Seattle Streetcar. Sound Transit Express buses – such as routes ST 550 and ST 554 – and Metro’s ACCESS services are not currently included in the pilot project.

Unscheduled events
In areas where there are crowds, traffic or unscheduled events 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.

Transit riders are encouraged to know what alternate stops or routes may be in the vicinity of 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.

Additional information
Visit Metro Online for complete transit information.

Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about revised bus service, routing and stops for planned events.  Information posted at this site is subject to change, so it’s a good idea to check just before you travel for the most current information.  For updates on the go, sign up for Transit Alerts for the routes you ride.

Visit Metro’s online regional Puget Sound Trip Planner to plan your travel, and for bus stop, schedule and other information, including predicted times at stops.

Visit the King County Water Taxi site for information about regular and holiday Water Taxi operation.

Visit the Community TransitPierce TransitSound Transit or Washington State Ferries websites for complete information about services provided by Metro’s regional transit partners.

For non-transit traffic or other local updates, check media sources, follow @seattledot
or visit

Thank you for riding and for using Metro’s services.

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