Metro Transit

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Metro Transit is the name more than 1.7 million area residents use to refer to the public transit agency serving King County, and has twice been honored as the best-run large public transportation system in North America.

Metro operates a fleet of about 1,300 vehicles -- including standard and articulated coaches, electric trolleys, dual-powered buses, hybrid diesel-electric buses and streetcars -- that serves an annual ridership of 100 million within a 2,134 square mile area. Metro serves riders who are disabled with accessible fixed route service (all Metro buses have wheelchair lifts or ramps and all routes and trips are accessible), as well as paratransit van service and a taxi scrip program.

Metro offers a full array of transportation services and assistance to employers of all sizes. The Employer Commute Services programs can help companies reduce employee commute-related costs and educate employees about commute options.

Metro operates the largest publicly owned vanpool program in the country -- with more than 600 vans making more than 2.9 million trips per year. More than 5,000 people use those vans every day, eliminating a least 4,500 vehicles from area roads. The regional ridematch system helps commuters form and sustain new carpools and vanpools in seven counties by matching names in a computer data base.

To help meet future needs and ease severe downtown traffic congestion, Metro operates a 1.3-mile electric bus tunnel underneath downtown Seattle, making stops at Convention Place, Westlake, University Street, Pioneer Square and the International District.

Mission Statement: Provide the best possible public transit services that get people on the bus and improve regional mobility and quality of life in King County.

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Metro Transit
401 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
United States

206-263-9400 TTY
206-296-7675/ 206-296-7676

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