Our mission is to provide the best possible public transportation services to improve regional mobility and quality of life in King County.
King County’s communities and geography are diverse, so we are designing a mobility network that connects people to opportunities and knits together our growing communities. We are committed to eliminating disparities by race and place, and prioritizing service where the needs are greatest.
We are the largest bus network in the region, and we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions to improve and protect our air quality. Metro is leading the transit industry—and the country—in moving to a 100% zero-emissions fleet by 2040.
To meet the increased service needs for our growing region, we will improve and expand our current bus bases and build new ones. Metro’s facilities will be constructed to be consistent with the highest green building and sustainable development practices, and will provide local job opportunities.
By developing a mobility network that supports livable communities, a thriving economy, and a sustainable environment, we can all move forward together.
It is our commitment to you to provide the best possible public transportation services and improve regional mobility.
52% from Sales Tax
15% from Fares*
15% from Regional Partnerships
8% from Other
6% from Grants
4% from Debt Issuance
73% spent on Operating Expenses
14% spent on Capital-Infrastructure
11% spent on Capital-Fleet
2% spent on Debt Service
King County Water Taxi offers commuters and visitors to downtown Seattle a 22-minute ride to and from Vashon Island or a 15-minute ride to and from West Seattle while enjoying panoramic views of the city skyline. It’s a great option to avoid traffic and paying to park downtown. This Metro service is also available on the West Seattle route during evening home games for the Mariners, Seahawks, and Sounders. Score!
People depend on transit to connect them to what matters—and our buses run every single day of the year through sun and snow. We are expanding our RapidRide lines, which provide fast, reliable service every 5–7 minutes during the busiest morning and evening travel hours. Metro’s six RapidRide lines provide about 67,000 rides every weekday, which is about 70% more than the bus routes that served the same areas before RapidRide launched. Seven upcoming RapidRide lines will connect communities in Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, Kent, Kirkland, Renton, Seattle, and White Center.
With light rail coming to Northgate in 2021 and the Eastside in 2023, Metro will change some routes and service to connect people to new Link stations. Since 2009, Metro’s rail division has operated and maintained Sound Transit’s Link light rail—and we just renewed our service agreement. Together we collectively serve hundreds of thousands of riders every year.
We offer the largest, longest-running public commuter van program in the United States. With over 1,600 Metro Vanpools on the road during any given commute, this carpool service cuts costs, builds community, and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Metro is committed to providing equal access to all its services. Our Access paratransit program provides about one million rides a year for qualifying customers whose disabilities prevent them from using Metro’s accessible fleet. We are actively incorporating feedback from customers, caregivers, stakeholders, and community organizations to ensure that our Access program is one of the best in the country.
Connecting communities is at the heart of Metro’s mission, and we work hard to extend service to small cities and rural areas of the county. We help fund Snoqualmie Valley Transportation (along with our valued partners), which provides public transportation—both door-to-door and fixed-route service—in Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, North Bend, Preston, and Snoqualmie.
Metro riders help improve congestion and air quality by reducing the number of cars on the road, so we can all get to where we need to go faster.
Biking is a healthy way to connect to transit. Both bikes and transit help reduce traffic congestion and improve our environment. Metro’s fleet and water taxis are equipped with bike racks, and lockers are available at most transit centers, park-and-rides, and rail stations.
Metro is proud to operate Seattle’s two streetcar lines in South Lake Union and First Hill, giving riders more options to get to their favorite downtown destinations.
Trailhead Direct, co-led by Metro and King County Parks, offers convenient public transportation to some of the most popular hiking trails along I-90. Each trip costs the same as a Metro bus trip, giving everyone the opportunity to visit and enjoy awe-inspiring public lands while reducing vehicle congestion at trailheads.
Metro works closely with Washington State Department of Transportation, Seattle Department of Transportation, and several of King County’s cities to provide safe and accessible connections to transit, like sidewalks, street crossings, and pathways.
Metro has a long record of advancing innovative transportation concepts, from installing bike racks on our coaches and launching our vanpool program in the 1970s, to incubating new programs like Flexcar car share in the 2000s. Now, we’re moving into a new era with pilot programs, on-demand services, and apps that connect you to public transportation.