Today we’re addressing a question we’ve heard from the community as of late: “Will the water taxi ramp up service in response to the West Seattle Bridge closure?”
The water taxi crew would love the opportunity to provide more connections between West Seattle and downtown Seattle while the West Seattle Bridge is closed for the indefinite future.
Currently, we’ve experienced a 90% dip in ridership as people respond to directives from Public Health – Seattle & King County to stay home if possible. For the immediate future, our goal is to maintain our winter sailing schedule and our priority is to deliver that existing service with the limited workforce we have available. Since the West Seattle Bridge closure, our ridership has increased by only a handful of people per sailing, and there is still plenty of room aboard our vessels to exercise social distancing for our riders who must travel.
The upper deck, which can hold approximately one-third of our 278 passenger capacity, has been closed to the public as an additional safety measure. This will provide more space for our crew to transition between the pilot house and the dock to minimize passenger-to-crew interactions, and allows crews to better focus their sanitizing efforts before each commute.
The waterways will always be a key part of keeping people moving, both now and post-coronavirus. We’ve already assembled a task force that is developing various plans to ramp back up and to add service when ridership demand increases.
We will be keeping you and our other riders posted on any updates. Please keep an eye on our Captain’s Blog for the latest.