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 Pike Place Market or head to a Mariners game or Sounders match.
For an adult fare of $5.25 one way ($4.50 with an ORCA card), passengers can enjoy a 15-minute ride across Elliott Bay (and count all the new buildings in the downtown skyline). Riders also avoid traffic and paying to park downtown. On weekdays, there will be added sailings on the West Seattle route during the spring/summer season, with a boat leaving every 30 minutes during peak commute hours and every hour during off-peak times.
The Water Taxi is accessible by transit. In West Seattle, riders can take free Metro shuttles to and from the Water Taxi landing at Seacrest Park. Route 773 serves the West Seattle junction. Route 775 serves the Admiral District and Alki. Route 37 also serves Seacrest Park
The spring/summer sailing season lasts through October. Specific sailing times are available on the King County Water Taxi website. Service between downtown and Vashon Island will continue five days a week as usual.