Dept. of Transportation
Metro Transit Division
King Street Center
201 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
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How to know if the Emergency Service Network is in effect
During the worst weather or other emergency conditions, Metro may activate its emergency service Network (ESN).
That means Metro service will be severely reduced to core bus routes and shuttles serving only key arterials and transit centers. Some neighborhoods and areas of the county will have no bus service because of difficult travel conditions or geography.
The Snow, Ice & Flood Map on Metro Online will be blue when the ESN is activated. Metro will also send alerts to all customers who have signed up for Metro Transit Alerts. Customers without internet access should pay close attention to television, radio and other media weather bulletins that refer to "Metro's Emergency Service Network."
The ESN is designed to be reliable during the most severe weather conditions. Each ESN route will follow its regular or adverse weather routing as described in its timetable.
Routes 2, 71, 90, 102, 221, 255, 348 and the C-Line operate as chained shuttles for all or portions of their routing. Passengers may have to transfer to another chained coach.
Please note that there may be delays in the route's regular operating schedule due to unexpected road conditions. Please check the Metro Online Alerts Center for the latest information. It will not be possible for Metro to say when buses will be at specific locations.
The table below lists the origins and destinations for the routes in operation when the ESN is in effect.
The ESN is designed to be reliable during the most severe weather conditions. Each ESN route (except Route 2) will follow its normal operating schedule as best as possible. The Route 2 shuttle will operate about four trips per hour between approximately 5:30 am to 1:00 a.m. Please note that there may be delays due to unexpected road conditions. Please check the Metro Online Alerts Center at www.kingcounty.gov/metro/alerts for the latest information.
Special snow service for downtown Seattle, First Hill and Capitol Hill
When the Central Seattle area map color in the Metro Online Alerts Center turns turns RED, Metro will also activate service on its special Route 90 circulator route. The Route 90 number will not be on the bus stop signs. However, the Route 90 will serve all bus stops along the route shown in the map below. Route 90 will provide about three trips per hour and operate between approximately 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Route 90 also operates when the Snow, Ice & Flood Map turns BLUE, meaning the Emergency System Network is in place.
The King County Department of Transportation is providing this information as a service to the general public. While every attempt is made to provide accurate and timely information, estimates of the nature and duration of any particular route change or other event are subject to conditions beyond the control of King County and are difficult to predict. Those relying on this information should do so at their own risk, and neither King County nor any of its employees or agents shall be liable for the accuracy of this information or any actions taken as a result.