What’s new? County Council adopts budget, ridership nears 600,000 and mobile tickets!

Water taxi operations will continue to Vashon and West Seattle in 2017 and 2018, thanks to a recent vote of the King County Council. Last month, the Council approved the two-year budget proposed by County Executive Dow Constantine, which provides the funding needed to operate the service used by over a half-million riders each year. Catch up by reading the Vashon Beachcomber story about the water taxi’s two-year budget.

With your support, we continue to set ridership records and expect to top 600,000 rides by the end of the year. How close are we? Through the end of November, we tallied rides from West Seattle (368,750) and Vashon (205,796). That’s a whopping 574,546 – leaving the 2015 record (515,207) in our wake (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves).

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There’s a new way to pay your fare on the water taxi that doesn’t require an ORCA card or cash. Download the Transit GO Ticket app on your iPhone, Android or Windows phone and buy a ticket to ride! It’s easy to purchase and store tickets, and activate them when you are boarding. Learn more about this pilot project and how it might work for you at TransitGOTicket.com.

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