King County Metro will demonstrate and reaffirm its respect for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of justice, inclusion and diversity, by briefly pausing bus service for a moment of reflection and remembrance at 4:04 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15.
All riders are invited and welcome to join in this moment of reflection, according to a Metro email alert. At the designated time, Metro and Metro-operated Sound Transit buses will pull over only if and where it is safe to do so, to observe this brief moment, and will then continue in service.
Some exceptions include buses traveling on highways or freeways and inside the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel. Transit service will quickly resume at the conclusion of the remembrance.
King devoted his life to fighting for equality and human rights for everyone. King was fatally shot on April 4, 1968. Metro and Sound Transit are proud to provide public transportation services that connect people to opportunities and to each other.
In 1986, the King County Council renamed King County to commemorate the civil rights leader, rather than William Rufus de Vane King, the vice-president-elect for whom the county was named in 1852.
Transit riders are also reminded that Metro service will operate its reduced weekday and no UW schedule on Monday. Most Metro and King County offices will be closed.