Signs of Water Taxi’s future terminal everywhere

Recently installed fencing at Colman Dock indicates the temporary location of the King County Water Taxi. It's located more than 500 feet north of the existing terminal.

Recently installed fencing at Colman Dock indicates the temporary location of the King County Water Taxi. It’s located more than 500 feet north of the existing terminal.

There’s another crane in Seattle, and it’s on our waterfront.

As many of our passengers have observed, we’re seeing visual signs of construction at Washington State Ferries’ Colman Dock.

Work on the Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock Project will start with the temporary relocation of our facility to the north side while crews build our future home – a weather-protected Passenger Only Facility (POF) that will serve King County Water Taxi and the Kitsap Fast Ferries service.

Technically, the work doesn’t begin until next week, but the contractor has mobilized several barges and a crane ahead of the in-water portion of the work.

Also, crews have installed fencing and an office trailer at our temporary location on the north end of Colman Dock, and our crew is packing boxes getting ready for the big move.

Service interruption scheduled for Aug. 7, up to a week

As a reminder, King County Water Taxi is scheduled to suspend all service for up to one week starting Monday, Aug. 7 to accommodate work associated with our temporary move.

During the closure, the downtown Seattle terminal will be relocated from the south side of Colman Dock/Pier 50 to the north side. When service resumes, both Water Taxi routes will use this temporary site through fall 2018 while we build a new terminal on our old site.

The new terminal, when it’s finished, will also serve the new Kitsap Fast Ferries service. It’s part of a larger project by the state to renovate Colman Dock.

This aerial image of Colman Dock that was taken this month shows several barges near King County Water Taxi's existing terminal.

This aerial image of Colman Dock that was taken this month shows several barges near King County Water Taxi’s existing terminal.

How to get around without Water Taxi

While service is suspended, riders are encouraged to use one or more of the following options:

  • Buses: Metro’s Rapid Ride C Line and routes 21, 37, 55, 56, 57, 120, and 125 connect West Seattle to downtown Seattle. Route 116 connects the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal to downtown Seattle. To accommodate extra passengers while the Water Taxi isn’t running, Metro will provide added service on these routes during the closure. Also, Water Taxi shuttle routes 773 and 775 will continue to run on their regular schedules during the closure, connecting West Seattle riders to the West Seattle Junction and Alki Beach. For help planning Metro bus trips, riders can use the online Trip Planner or call Metro’s Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000.
  • Light rail: Metro Route 50 connects West Seattle to Link light rail at the SODO Station.
  • Telecommuting and alternate work schedules:  If your employer allows you to work from home or flex your schedule to avoid peak commute times, you can both bypass and help reduce crowding on buses while the Water Taxi is out of service.

 

When will the Water Taxi be back?

The exact date and time depend on construction. Once we know, we’ll announce them via our service alerts, on our website (www.kingcounty.gov/watertaxi), and on our Instagram feed. We’ll also inform media in our service areas. You can subscribe to Water Taxi service alerts on our website.

New sailing schedule for West Seattle

When the Water Taxi resumes service after its move to the north side of Colman Dock, the West Seattle route will be on a new schedule. This will reflect the extra time it takes to board and de-board a growing number of West Seattle riders, and extra time needed because our route will now cross that of Washington State Ferries arriving and departing from Colman Dock.

 

Take our online survey

King County Water Taxi is looking for your help in improving service and planning for the future. Riders – please help us by taking a short online survey at www.kingcounty.gov/Watertaxi/survey.

And thank you for being the best riders around!

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