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Trip Planning

Entering Locations

type ahead drop down menu to validate addresses.

Validating addresses

A "type ahead" drop down box is used to validate addresses. Choose an address that matches the desired location.

To create a trip plan, enter a starting location (origin) and an ending location (destination) either by typing in an address or selecting a location from the Landmarks list.

For best results when entering an address, start entering the partial address, then select the correct address from the “type ahead” drop down box. This step automatically validates your location within the system.

The Trip Planner recognizes most street intersections and addresses as well as many landmarks in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.

Press the blue icon to target your location

Find your current location

Press the target button to fill in the input field with your current location.

For mobile Trip Planner – There are 3 ways to enter location information:

  1. Use your current location by pressing the target button.
  2. Select a location from the Landmarks list.
  3. Type the address/location into the input field and confirm with the "type ahead" drop down box.

Guidelines

If you are having difficulty with your desired address, make sure you have utilized the guidelines below for entering your location. If you are still having trouble with Trip Planner identifying your desired address, please provide us feedback to analyze the issue and determine the best solution.

Addresses

  • Enter an address or select a location on the map.
  • Leave out the city, state, or ZIP code along with the address. The Trip Planner shows city names as options if needed.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., Avenue, or similar street types unless they precede the street name. The Trip Planner shows possible alternatives as options if needed. (Examples: type 110 Jones instead of 110 Jones Boulevard. But type 19600 SR 99 for 19600 Highway 99 in Snohomish County or 200 Avenue A instead of 200 A.)
  • You can  leave out the street direction unless it  is part of a street name. (Example: type 1000 Main instead of 1000 S Main. But type 1000 West Viewmont for 1000 West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets and addresses are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby location, such as an intersection or a landmark.
  • You don't need to enter suite or apartment numbers, just the house number and street name (Example: type in 401 Broadway instead of 401 Broadway Avenue Suite 800).

Intersections

  • Enter an intersection in the query form or select a location on the map.
  • Use the ‘&’ or ‘and’ between two street names to show an intersection. (Examples: 1st & B, James and Madison)
  • Leave out the city, state, and ZIP code. The Trip Planner shows city names as options if needed.
  • You don't need to type in St., Street, Ave., Avenue, or similar street types unless they precede the street name. The Trip Planner shows possible alternatives as options if needed. (Examples: type 110 Jones instead of 110 Jones Boulevard. But type 19600 SR 99 for 19600 Highway 99 in Snohomish County or 200 Avenue A instead of 200 A.)
  • You can  leave out the street direction unless it  is part of a street name. (Example: type 1000 Main instead of 1000 S Main. But type 1000 West Viewmont for 1000 West Viewmont Way W.)
  • Some streets are unknown to the Trip Planner. You may need to enter another nearby intersection or a landmark or address.

Landmarks

The Trip Planner recognizes many landmarks of these types:

Landmark type Examples
Government Sites King County Courthouse, Regional Justice Center, Kirkland City Hall
Major Commercial Sites Microsoft Corp., Bellevue Square, Westin Hotel
Transportation Facilities Washington State Ferries, Sea-Tac Airport, Greyhound Bus Depot
Schools & Colleges University of Washington, Highline Community College
Sports & Leisure Safeco Field, Seattle Public Library, Space Needle, Zoo
Medical Facilities Swedish Medical Center, Group Health
Transit Centers Aurora Village Transit Center; Bellevue Transit Center
Park and Ride Lots Houghton Park & Ride, Shoreline Park & Ride, South Federal Way Park & Ride
Tip: use Metro Online to find a Park & Ride lot near you.
Metro Tunnel Stations International District, Pioneer Square, University, Westlake, and Convention Place.
Tip: enter 'TS' for Tunnel Station
  • Type a landmark name to enter it, or select a location on the map. Many landmarks have a short name or abbreviation that is easier to enter. See the Glossary for a list of these.
  • The Trip Planner offers a list of choices if there is more than one landmark with a similar name.
  • You can safely leave out the city, state, ZIP code, and punctuation.
  • You may need to enter an address or an intersection for some landmarks.
  • It is not possible to maintain some other types of landmark categories that might seem like a good idea, such as grocery stores, convenience stores and others.
  • The Trip Planner recognizes major landmarks in the categories shown above, but may be missing some. Use and address or intersection if necessary, and use the comments button or feedback link to suggest adding a landmark.

Other Query Options

In addition to entering the locations of your point of origin and your destination, select the day and time you wish to travel and other criteria, including those listed under ‘Advanced Options’.

Route Schedules

Desktop Trip Planner

To view a route on the map:

  • Select a date from the calendar.
  • Select a transit agency.
  • Select a route from the list.

To view route schedules:

  • After completing the above steps, select Get Schedule.

Estimated times (Est) are available for Metro service and Metro-operated Sound Transit routes. For non-Metro routes, service operated by non-Metro vehicles, and when estimated times are otherwise not available use scheduled times (Sch).

Mobile Trip Planner

To view route schedules:

  • Select a date from the calendar.
  • Enter a route number/name and select the desired option from the drop down box.
  • Select Get Schedule.
  • On the next screen, select your desired stop.

Estimated times (Est) are available for Metro service and Metro-operated Sound Transit routes. For non-Metro routes, service operated by non-Metro vehicles, and when estimated times are otherwise not available use scheduled times (Sch).

Next Departures & Stops

Desktop Trip Planner

To find a transit stop and the next departures of service using Address or Landmark:

  • Select a date from the calendar.
  • Select a time.
  • Select a location by entering an address or landmark.
  • Select Find Nearby Stops.
  • Select a stop
  • Select Get Next Departures.

To find a transit stop and the next departures of service using the interactive map:

  • Select a location on the map.
  • Select Find Nearby Stops in the map bubble.
  • Select a stop
  • Select Get Next Departures.

How to find Stop IDs

Find Stop IDs posted at bus stops or by entering an address or selecting a point on the map to find a stop.

To find the next departures of service using Stop ID:

  • Select a date from the calendar.
  • Select a time.
  • Enter a Stop ID
  • Select Get Next Departures.

Estimated times (Est) are available for Metro service and Metro-operated Sound Transit routes. For non-Metro routes, service operated by non-Metro vehicles, and when estimated times are otherwise not available use scheduled times (Sch).

Mobile Trip Planner

Next Departures

  • Select a date from the calendar
  • Select a time.
  • Enter a Stop ID, then select the matching option from the drop down box.
  • Select Get Next Departures

Nearby Stops

  • Enter an address/location  -  OR  -  Select from the Landmark options  -  OR  -  Use your current location by pressing target button.
  • Select Find Nearby Stops
  • On the next screen, select Next Departures for your desired stop.

Estimated times (Est) are available for Metro service and Metro-operated Sound Transit routes. For non-Metro routes, service operated by non-Metro vehicles, and when estimated times are otherwise not available use scheduled times (Sch).

Landmarks

To find a landmark:

  • Select a landmark category.
  • Then select a Popular Location from within that category.
  • Select specific locations on the map (desktop Trip Planner only)

Estimated times (Est) are available for Metro service and Metro-operated Sound Transit routes. For non-Metro routes, service operated by non-Metro vehicles, and when estimated times are otherwise not available use scheduled times (Sch).

Service Advisories

Desktop Trip Planner

Please Note

Pop-up blockers must be turned off in order to view Service Advisory details.

To find a Service Advisory for your route:

  • Select a status type.
  • Select your service from the list provided, or scroll through the table.
  • Select Detail for the status you want to see.

Service Advisories are notifications of known, planned temporary or long-term revisions to service that may be associated with your itinerary or query. These revisions may be due to activities such as construction or events.

Unplanned service revisions, such as those associated with traffic, weather, etc. are not reported on this page.

Mobile Trip Planner

Go to the Service Advisories page on Metro Online

Tracker

Available on the desktop Trip Planner only:

To view near real time locations of Metro operated transit vehicles in service:

  • Use the left side tabs to find your desired route number.
  • Select up to a maximum of 4 routes to display at one time from the left side.
  • Available routes include all King County Metro (except DART routes) and Metro operated Sound Transit routes.

To view Vehicle and Stop real time status, utilize the interactive map:

  • Click on any Vehicle icon on the displayed route to view that particular vehicle’s status.
  • Click on any Stop icon on the displayed route to view Next Departure information for that particular stop.
  • Refer to the Stops and Vehicles legend for icon definitions.

Note: All times are approximate and subject to weather and traffic conditions.  Real time estimated (Est) data starts displaying 30 minutes out and may not always be available.  Please refer to scheduled (Sch) times.

Tell us what you think

After using the new Trip Planner head back here and click on the feedback button to send us your thoughts, comments and suggestions. We value your feedback! It helps us to know what we're doing right, what we can improve, and how we can take transit trip planning to new levels!

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New Features

  • Plan a trip by typing in an address, choosing a landmark or clicking a point on a map.
  • Multiple modes of travel can be included (such as, Local & Express Bus, Rapid Transit, Water Taxi and Rail.
  • Find out the next departure times for a specified stop.
  • Display and print a route schedule for a specific day.
  • View stops and route maps on the interactive map.
  • Quickly find your way to/from landmarks in the region.
Updated: June 6, 2014