Metro provides many options for safely commuting to and from work
King County Metro provides many public transportation options that can connect people directly with worksites within the Civic Campus. For those returning to transit, information about our safety measures and how to ride can be found on our “A healthier Metro is here” webpage. In addition, King County’s Employee Transportation Program (ETP) provides resources and benefits to support King County employees with using transit, Vanpools, walkpools, and other non-drive alone options for getting to and from work.
During the peak commute, Link light rail operates through the downtown transit tunnel every 6 minutes. To transport people between the Civic Campus and the International District Station or Amtrak/Sounder Station, buses operate on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Avenues with service coming every 3 to 5 minutes.
For planning individual trips
- The best way to plan your transit trip is to use the Puget Sound Trip Planner or to call Metro Customer Service at 206-553-3000.
- The ”Getting Around Seattle” page (which is on the Metro website under Maps) has information about transit options serving the downtown core. Metro continues to partner with the City of Seattle to operate Solid Ground’s Seattle Downtown Circulator Bus, which provides shuttle service between 4th and Jackson and Harborview Hall. This service is free to the public.
- King County fully subsidizes Vanpools for King County employees. Employees who are coming to and from the same worksite from similar areas of the county can commute together in a Vanpool vehicle.
Choosing to walk or bike
- Seattle bike maps – interactive, pdf (2020)
- The Center City bike network (or pdf here) includes new protected bike lanes added in the last few years on 2nd Ave, 4th Ave, Yesler Way, 2nd Ave Ext/S Main Street/5th Ave S, S King St (greenway)
- Bike maps of other areas
Secure bike spaces and showers are available at King Street Center, Chinook Building, and Children and Family Justice Center. Courthouse, Jail, and Admin Building employees have access to Chinook bike room and showers.