Metro’s on-time performance has stayed fairly consistent over the past five years, even as ridership has boomed and traffic congestion worsened. The reasons: more service hours, bus-only lanes and priority at traffic lights, and a newer fleet.
The simple answer is most of the time, although not quite as often as King County Metro would like.
The more complicated answer depends on when you’re riding the bus, how you define “on time” and on how you measure it.
The most crowded bus routes
These 13 routes were deemed “chronically crowded” and most in need of additional service.
• RapidRide E, Aurora Village to downtown
• 312, UW Bothell to downtown
• 50, Othello Station to Alki
• RapidRide D, Crown Hill to downtown
• 24, West Magnolia to downtown
• 128, Admiral District to Southcenter
• 18, North Beach to downtown (peak hours only)
• 21, Westwood Village to downtown
• 33, Discovery Park to downtown
• 232, Duvall to Bellevue
• 240, Bellevue to Renton
• 255, Brickyard Park and Ride to downtown
• RapidRide C, Westwood Village to South Lake Union
Source: King County Metro annual report
Over the last 12 months, regular Metro buses have been “on time” 77 percent of the time. That figure has stayed fairly consistent over the past five years, as Metro has met the growing demands of booming ridership and stifling traffic congestion by adding more service hours, giving buses priority in their own lanes and at traffic lights, and investing in a newer bus fleet.
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