Frequent Service

Frequent Service

Metro analyzed three bus service networks that emphasize different styles of service—frequent, express, and local—to see how they would perform in King County communities in 2040. Ultimately, the network proposed in Metro’s Long-Range Plan will be a combination of all three types of service.

Key Features of Frequent Bus Service

  • My bus come at least every 15 minutes so wait times are short and I don’t need to know the schedule.
  • I may have to go farther to reach a bus stop- stops are located on major roads and are roughly ¼ to ½ mile apart
  • My bus is faster and more reliable because it uses features like bus-only lanes
  • My bus is almost always there when I get off the light rail or train, but I have to walk a little to get to some destinations

The information below shows how a network that emphasizes frequent bus service performs on key measures, such as how accessible the service is to where people live and work, how many people will use the service and what the service will be like.

This information will help planners and the public understand the tradeoffs associated with each type of service. View a map of a bus network that emphasizes frequent bus service.


How do the different networks compare?


Frequent Service Distribution


Frequent Route
Express Route
Local Route
Existing & Future Link Light Rail
In Planning/Planned Light Rail
Sounder Commuter Rail
Activity Center in Metro Service Guidelines
Frequent Network Map