King County Water Taxi is back in business.
We will resume service out of our new temporary location at Pier 52 in Seattle beginning with the West Seattle route on Saturday, Aug. 12 – two days earlier than anticipated!
When it resumes service for West Seattle, the Water Taxi will operate on a new revised schedule.
The Water Taxi will resume service on its Vashon Island route on Monday, Aug. 14 on its normal schedule.
Service for both routes was temporarily suspended Aug. 7 to allow construction crews to prepare the Water Taxi’s temporary location at Pier 52 – located on the north end of Colman Dock – and move its float and gangway from its previous home at Pier 50 on the south end.
The Water Taxi will serve the temporary location until fall 2018, as crews build a permanent terminal at Pier 50. The future facility will be weather-protected and able to accommodate 500 riders for King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry services. It also will provide an elevated pedestrian walkway that will connect the Colman Dock terminal.
Construction on the Water Taxi’s terminal marks the first phase of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s five-year Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock Project. Washington State Ferries is replacing the aging and seismically vulnerable parts of its busiest terminal in order to maintain its critical role as a regional multimodal transportation hub.
During construction, the Water Taxi will operate out of the temporary location at Pier 52, next to the Seattle Fire Department. A fenced-off walkway will guide riders to and from an entrance and exit to Alaskan Way. The entrance and exit are located between Marion and Madison Streets.
Our temporary location features improved queuing lines for West Seattle, Vashon Island and Bremerton routes’ new ticket machines and, of course, a more expansive view of the Seattle skyline (perfect for selfies).
We want to again thank all of our riders who demonstrated patience and understanding during our move. That’s why you all are the best riders around, and we’re excited to get you back on the water.