New website shows future Water Taxi terminal, move and everything in between

Pictured is a map that illustrates the current location of the Water Taxi terminal, as well as its temporary location on the north end of Colman Dock.Want to stay up-to-date on the latest information on King County Water Taxi’s future terminal project? Today, we launched a new page on our website that’s dedicated to our future Seattle terminal, which will include construction updates we’ll post along the way so riders are in-the-know.

This summer, we’ll begin rebuilding our passenger-only terminal on Pier 50 as part of a larger project by the state to renovate Colman Dock. When it’s finished in fall 2018, our new passenger waiting area will be sheltered from the weather and connected to the Washington State Ferries terminal building by a pedestrian bridge.

On this new page, you’ll find a boatload of the latest information about our efforts, including:

  • Our temporary move to the north side of Colman Dock so our new terminal can be built
  • The suspension of Water Taxi service for up to 10 days in early August that will allow for the temporary move (as well as alternate options to consider to reach your destination). When we get a better picture of the dates for this interruption, we will post them on the new page.
  • The ability to sign up for rider alerts that go directly to your email inbox or personal device
  • Coming soon: Photos from our terminal project that will be updated regularly during construction


It’s going to be busy couple of years for all of us. Visit our website, sign up for alerts and get ready for an exciting ride. The destination is

4 thoughts on “New website shows future Water Taxi terminal, move and everything in between

  1. @Ken Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, the exact dates of the service interruption haven’t been determined. We should know more by the middle of this month. Please check back or sign up for updates by visiting Thanks again for riding the Water Taxi!

  2. Why can’t the old dock stay in service while the temporary dock is built? Why cancel sailings for 10 days during a busy, and one assumes more profitable due to tourists, season? Bus service to and from North Admiral during the day (non-commute hours) is absolutely horrible. Please explain the reason for the decision to suspend service. Thanks.

  3. Hi Kate. Thank you for the comment. In terms of your question regarding the reason behind the expected service interruption, environmental regulations limit the period during which the contractor can build in/over the Puget Sound (a term known by most as the “fish window.”) The fish window opens Aug. 1, and the plan is for the contractor to complete as much work at the temporary location (the north end of Colman Dock) to minimize impacts before the service interruption. The work requires moving the float and gangway from our current location to the temporary facility on the north end of Colman dock. The Passenger Only Ferry service interruption will accommodate pile driving activities associated with relocating the float and gangway and is necessary for this work to happen. In terms of other transportation options, we have worked with King County Metro and others to identify several bus routes and other alternatives to reach Downtown Seattle from West Seattle. You can find them at Again, we apologize for this inconvenience and are working to make sure impacts are limited. Thanks again for riding with us.

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