Local Service

Local 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 Local Bus Service

  • My bus or alternative service comes close to my house, workplace and other destinations
  • My bus uses local streets and makes many stops, so service is slower
  • My bus comes every half-hour, so I need to plan ahead for my trip and any transfer
  • I can take a bus or alternative service to the light rail or train station from my home, but I need to plan my train ride home to catch my local bus or alternative service

The information below shows how a network that emphasizes local 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 local bus service.


How do the different networks compare?

How do the different networks compare?
Local 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
Local Network Map