Seattle’s Metro (206/553-3000 or 800/542-7876, http://transit.metrokc.gov) bus system provides connections throughout the area. Metro buses run 6 a.m.–1 a.m. every day, about every 30 minutes on the city routes. Customer service offices are at 821 2nd Avenue and in the Westlake Station. Fares cost $1.25 off-peak, $1.50 peak within the city; or $1.25 off-peak and $2 peak if you ride through two zones (beyond Seattle city limits). For $2.50 on weekends, you can purchase a pass that gives you unlimited rides on Metro buses and the streetcars; get it from the bus driver when you board. Call. All Metro buses carry bikes at no extra charge, but bikes are not carried within the Ride Free area of downtown.
Pierce Transit (253/581-8000 or 800/562-8109, www.piercetransit.org) operates southern Puget Sound bus service connecting downtown Seattle with Tacoma. Community Transit (800/562-1375, www.commtrans.org) provides commuter bus service connecting Everett, Edmonds, and other Snohomish County cities with downtown Seattle and the University District.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition