Dept. of Transportation
Metro Transit Division

King Street Center
201 S. Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 553-3000

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Other Transportation Programs

Metro provides many transportation opportunities in addition to regular bus service. Community transportation resources are also available. The programs listed below may help meet your transportation needs.

Dial-A-Ride Transit (DART)

Metro's Dial-A-Ride Transit (DART) service for the general public offers variable routing in some areas within King County. By using vans that can go off regular routes to pick up and drop off passengers within a defined service area, DART service may allow you to arrange for transit service closer to a location. DART does not go door-to-door. It operates on a fixed schedule, but one that has more flexibility than regular Metro Transit buses. DART vehicles are lift-equipped.

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Job Access Transportation Program

The Jobs Access Transportation Program developed by the King County Department of Transportation is a comprehensive approach to providing transportation to transition low-income and welfare reform clients into employment.

Rideshare Operations (carpool/vanpool)

Metros Rideshare Operations provides Ridematch, vanpool and Rideshare Plus for sharing the ride to work, school or other frequent destinations. Lift-equipped vehicles are available for vanpools.

Custom Bus

Metro provides Custom Bus service for employers and schools. Routes are designed to meet the specific needs of the business or educational facility. Fares are based on the length of the trip; however, a current Regional Reduced Fare Permit, reduced fare sticker or an Access Pass is valid for the fare.

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Car sharing

King County Metro and the City of Seattle have joined with Mobility, Inc. to introduce the car sharing program, Zipcar, to the Seattle region. Car sharing offers a convenient and economical alternative to owning a personal vehicle.

Bicycling

Metro Transit helps you get the most out of biking throughout King County. Every Metro bus has a bicycle rack that can accommodate two bikes, and many of our vanpools are also equipped for transporting bikes. No special permit or extra fare is required.

Community Resources

There are community resources that may be able to provide transportation or direct you to additional resources:

  • Hopelink [external link] coordinates transport to services covered by Medicaid through the Medical Transportation Brokerage. For information, contact 1-800-923-7433 or 1-800-246-1646 for TTY users. Telephone interpretation is available for all non-English-language calls.
  • Crisis Clinic [external link] operates the Community Information Line to provide information and referral assistance to people seeking help with community resources Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM-6:00 PM. In addition, the Community Information Line offers specialized information and assistance to people with disabilities and caregivers of adults 18 years and older with an illness or disability. To reach the Community Information Line call:
    206-461-3200
    800-621-4636 Toll Free
    206-461-3610 TDD

Also, Community Resources Online [external link], a service of Crisis Clinic, connects you with up-to-date details on thousands of services in Seattle and King County.

Senior Services [external link] has two programs to assist seniors with transportation:

  • Senior Shuttles 206-727-6262
    The Senior Shuttles, using both paid and volunteer drivers, transport seniors to hot meal programs, medical appointments, senior centers, grocery stores, and other local destinations. Service area and type of service is specific to each van. Please call for specific information.

    Nutrition sites include:

    • Shoreline Senior Center
    • El Centro de la Raza
    • SeaMar lunch programs at the Bellevue, Burien Highline, Des Moines, and Kirkland Senior Centers
    • ARCS Korean Senior Club and Langston Hughes Korean lunch programs
    • Monthly East Indian program at Redmond Senior Center
    • Pacific Asian Elderly Programs Filipino, Laotian, HMong and Polynesian lunch programs

    Senior Shuttles providing transportation within their local communities:

    • Des Moines/Normandy Park
    • Burien Highline Senior Center
    • Hyde Shuttle (serving Beacon Hill/South Seattle)

Mount Si Senior Center [external link] 425-888-3434
411 S Main, North Bend, WA 98045

Sno Valley Community Center 425-333-4152
31804 Bird, Carnation, WA 98014

  • Senior Services Volunteer Transportation 206-448-5740 or 1-800-282-5815
    Volunteers driving their own vehicles provide transportation to seniors 60 years of age and older living throughout King County to medical and other essential appointments. Volunteers not only provide a ride but wait with seniors at their appointments before driving them home, offering a helping hand and moral support.

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Updated: Oct. 17, 2003