The MV Sally Fox awaits passengers at Pier 50 with the Seattle skyline in the background.

May Day: Expect major transit service disruptions Monday, May 1

(Originally posted on the Metro Matters blog) Transit riders should prepare for significant traffic delays and rerouted buses in downtown Seattle on Monday, May 1, especially during the afternoon and evening commute, as dozens of Metro and Sound Transit routes will be temporarily rerouted or intermittently delayed during May Day events. Seattle First Hill and…

Spring/summer schedule starts April 10

The weather may not yet feel like spring, but the King County Water Taxi is ready to launch its spring/summer sailing schedule on Monday, April 10. Sailings will go to seven days a week from Pier 50 downtown to West Seattle under the annual change. That means more options for weekend traveling to downtown, whether to visit…

The Spirit of Kingston near Pier 50. Picture taken in 2016.

MV Spirit of Kingston gets repowered

By Paul Brodeur, Marine Division Director The Marine Division’s back-up water taxi vessel, the MV Spirit of Kingston, will be going into a planned, five-week maintenance period beginning Sunday, March 12th The 12-year-old, aluminum-hulled catamaran will have new propulsion engines installed, replacing the current, worn out machinery. The new diesel engines will meet the latest…

Mike Sudduth, left, plays a game of cribbage with Richard Franklin, right, as another game of cribbage takes place at the table next to them aboard the MV Sally Fox. Sudduth donated the specially inscribed boards as a way to honor his friend, Sally Fox, who was an advocate for passenger-only ferry service to Vashon Island and the vessel's namesake.

The story behind MV Sally Fox’s cribbage boards

Regulars on King County Water Taxi’s Vashon Island route know them well: glossy wooden cribbage boards stationed at one of four seating areas in the lower passenger deck of the MV Sally Fox. On almost every run, enthusiasts of the popular card-and-board game can be seen huddled around one of these game boards, studying their…

Doc Maynard Water Taxi at dock

No service on Presidents Day

  Did you know that Abraham Lincoln invented a flotation system to help get riverboats over sandbars? Luckily, we don’t need such a system, given there aren’t many shoals in the middle of Puget Sound. Still, we will join the rest of America in honoring Presidents Lincoln and George Washington for their contributions. That means…

Ron Panzero, Operations and Maintenance Manager, receives the Roger Murphy National Marine Safety Award at the Passenger Vessel Association's Annual Conference on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 in Seattle.

Water Taxi’s Ron Panzero wins national safety award

By Paul Brodeur, Marine Division Director Keeping riders and crew safe is Job 1 for us here at King County Water Taxi, so when a national organization recognizes one of our team member’s efforts, we humbly accept the accolades. Ron Panzero, Operations and Maintenance Manager for the Marine Division, was awarded the Roger Murphy National…

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…