King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Transit are working together to launch passneger-only ferry service between downtown Seattle and the Kitsap Peninsula.

Kitsap Transit makes ceremonial first sailing to Seattle

SEATTLE – King County Executive Dow Constantine welcomed elected officials from Kitsap County today at Colman Dock in Seattle after the ceremonial first sailing of Kitsap Transit’s fast ferry, setting the stage for the launch of fast-ferry service this summer between Bremerton and downtown Seattle. Just before 11 a.m. today, Constantine welcomed Bremerton Mayor Patty…

King County Water Taxi delivered a record 601,942 riders in 2016

Water Taxi ridership sailed deep into unchartered waters in 2016

By Paul Brodeur, Marine Division Director By the time the sun set on 2016, King County Water Taxi saw the largest annual ridership increase in our history. Year-end counts show a record 601,942 boardings – a figure that shatters our previous record of 515,207 in 2015. That also represents a record increase of 86,735 riders…

King County Water Taxi vessel Doc Maynard pulls up to Pier 50 in Seattle

How many riders so far? 600k and counting!

It’s been a banner year for ridership for the King County Water Taxi and we reached a major milestone Wednesday night. The system carried its 600,000th rider for 2016! According to crews, we hit the magic number during the West Seattle route’s outbound 4:45 p.m. sailing. That means the Water Taxi has handily smashed its…

The railing of the Sally Fox is decked in holiday lights, with a Washington State Ferry in the background.

Holiday Service Schedule

Here’s a holiday reminder for Water Taxi users. The Vashon and West Seattle routes of the King County Water Taxi will not be in service on Monday, Dec. 26, the observed Christmas holiday or Monday, Jan. 2, the observed New Year’s Day holiday. Do you use Metro Transit? Buses will also be operating on holiday…

Rich Passage 1 Vessel aerial photo

Kitsap moving ahead on fast ferries

Kitsap voters have approved a fast ferries measure to create service between the peninsula and Seattle, and Kitsap Transit is in conversations with King County’s Marine Division as the service provider under contract. Kitsap Transit outlined next steps in an announcement: The agency said it has one fast ferry (Rich Passage 1), and will resume…

GIF of water taxi photo overlaid with image of ridership 2013, 2014 and 2015, and 515,000 record broken in October 2016.

New record: Ridership soaring on the water taxi!

Middle of last week it happened. Most people were quietly commuting on the water taxi into downtown Seattle when history was made! Thanks to riders, the 2015 record of 515,207 boardings was broken last Wednesday. With more than two months of service left in 2016, there’s a chance ridership might top 600,000. Since starting service as…

View of raindrops on window

Get ready: Fall storm expected this weekend (Oct. 15-16)

The weather forecast doesn’t look pretty. Heavy wind and rain is coming our way the weekend of Oct. 15, and now is the time to sign up for King County’s travel alerts, whether you ride Metro, the Water Taxi, or drive on King County roads, or want to receive regional emergency updates. Water Taxi captains…

The newest Captain in the Water Taxi family!

Officer on deck! West Seattle Water Taxi riders already recognize deckhand Nick Williams, and know him for his great sense of humor and unflappable and easygoing attitude. Get ready to salute, though. Nick recently received his captain’s license from the United States Coast Guard, and last week started driving the West Seattle route as a…