County Executive’s leaders meet employees, attend drill aboard MV Doc Maynard

Three members of Executive Constantine’s Senior Leadership Team recently stopped by the MV Doc Maynard to meet some Marine Division employees and take part in an emergency response drill demonstrated by the vessel crew. Senior Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett, Deputy Executive Rhonda Berry and Director of Employee Engagement Whitney Abrams joined the employees for the…

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…

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…

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…