Construction begins on temporary Water Taxi location, marking start of Colman Dock project

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Workers prepare to drive pilings at the future temporary location of the King County Water Taxi service. Tuesday, Aug. 1 was the first day that in-water work could begin at the site, which marked the start of the Washington State Department of Transporation’s five-year renovation of the state’s busiest terminal.

If the giant crane and barge weren’t a complete giveaway, the sounds of pile-driving on the Seattle waterfront are another indication that work on King County Water Taxi’s temporary location is underway.

Tuesday marked the first day that in-water construction could take place on Washington State Department of Transportation’s Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock project. Work on our new Passenger Only Facility (POF) marks the start of five years of construction at the state’s busiest ferry terminal.

Once complete in the fall of 2018, riders will be able to enjoy a covered, 8,000-square-foot terminal that will serve both King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry service. It will also eventually offer access to an elevated pedestrian walkway that will connect our riders to WSF’s Colman Dock terminal.

 

Temporary move

Before that happens, however, we need to make our temporary move more than 500 feet north to the other end of Colman Dock, closer to the Seattle Fire Department. In addition to the pile-driving, riders might catch our float and gangway being transported to and installed on the north end.

The contractor is working to minimize the impact to riders, but there will be a suspension of service to King County Water Taxi beginning Monday, Aug. 7 for up to a week.

Pictured is an example of the decades-old pilings at th Washington State Department of Transporation's Colman Dock, which began a five-year renovation Tuesday, Aug. 1 when crews began working on King County Water Taxi's temporary location.

Pictured is an example of the decades-old pilings at th Washington State Department of Transporation’s Colman Dock, which began a five-year renovation Tuesday, Aug. 1 when crews began working on King County Water Taxi’s temporary location.

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.

A workers maneuvers cables as crews drove pilings at the future temporary location of the King County Water Taxi service. Tuesday, Aug. 1 was the first day that in-water work could begin at the site, which marked the start of the Washington State Department of Transporation's five-year renovation of the state's busiest terminal.

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.

 

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