Final hurdle to the new Water Taxi facility? Temporary shutdown for one week

With much anticipation, construction of the new Passenger Only Facility (POF) serving the Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry is nearing completion. Over the last few years, you have been boarding at the temporary passenger ferry terminal located on Pier 52. On Monday, July 29, the new facility is scheduled to come online and will be the new home for passengers coming from or heading to Vashon Island, West Seattle, Bremerton, and Kingston.

Our last update included photos of the facility mid-construction, highlighting the progress made on the new covered walkway to the waiting area, the beginnings of a shared walkway leading to the observation deck and a covered walkway to the Washington State Ferries terminal. Much of that work is wrapping up (the walkway to the WSF terminal could take a few more weeks after opening).

To get the terminal ready for passengers, we must temporarily suspend all service for a week. That means no Water Taxi or Kitsap Fast Ferry service between Monday, July 22 and Sunday, July 28. During that time, crews will transfer equipment, set up overhead passenger display monitors and necessary hardware for ORCA readers, and move the gangway from the temporary location at Pier 52 to the new terminal at Pier 50. Testing during this time will help to ensure a smooth transition when we resume service on Monday, July 29.

We are looking forward to the opening of our new terminal and hope you will enjoy the improved space and permanent location. During the temporary suspension of service, please consider one of the other Metro options below and sign up for service alerts on our website to keep up-to-date on our progress.

How to get around while Water Taxi service is suspended

While Water Taxi service is suspended, there are options! Riders are encouraged to use one or more of the following options:

  • Buses:
    • Metro’s RapidRide 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 during weekday peak commuting hours.
    • Routes 118 and 119 connect Vashon Island, the Vashon Ferry Terminal and West Seattle to downtown Seattle.
    • Route 128 connects the Admiral District, Morgan Junction, High Point, Delridge, South Seattle College and White Center areas with the West Seattle Junction.
    • Water Taxi shuttle routes 773 and 775 will continue to operate on their regular schedules during the closure, connecting West Seattle riders to the West Seattle Junction and Alki Beach.
  • Link light rail:
  •  Ride2 West Seattle
    • Ride2 West Seattle is a new on-demand service for people who live or work in West Seattle. It provides rides to and from Metro buses at the Alaska Junction.

Thank you for your patience during this closure as we prepare your new passenger ferry terminal!

An aerial photo of the Colman Dock taken on June 15, 2019. The temporary passenger only facility can be seen on the left side of the photo while the now-nearly complete facility is on the right.

2 thoughts on “Final hurdle to the new Water Taxi facility? Temporary shutdown for one week

  1. Cancel the water taxi on a week when the Mariners are in town. What a stupid idea, poor planning!! No way to escape the city except on a bus gridlocked on 1st Avenue in Pioneer Square.

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