Meet our new float

Last weekend, construction crews ushered in a new float and a new era for the West Seattle Water Taxi. Our previous float was unstable, listing to one side, likely caused by water retention from failing pile guide mounting bolts. Our new float features a new design from the manufacturer with integrated pile guides which should…

West Seattle service canceled Friday afternoon, Dec. 4

Seacrest Park to receive new float Dec. 4-6 If you are planning to travel by water taxi to or from West Seattle on Friday, Dec. 4, please note that afternoon service will be canceled so that Seacrest Park can receive a brand-new, stronger float. The pier at Seacrest Park will also be closed when construction…

Business as usual starting Monday

We are pleased to report that the West Seattle Water Taxi will be back in service Monday morning, Nov. 2. The contractors have reinstalled the dock-to-shore ramp at Seacrest Dock that was removed for repairs, resulting in cancellation of West Seattle service Thursday and Friday. The damaged hinge and attachment mechanism (pin) have since been…

Fare collection on water taxi starts Oct. 1

On Thursday, Oct. 1, Metro will resume collecting fares for all transit services: water taxi (Vashon Island and West Seattle), buses, Access paratransit, Seattle Streetcar (First Hill and South Lake Union), Vanpool, and flexible services like Via to Transit. Fare collection is already taking place on Sound Transit Express bus and Sound Transit light rail. In anticipation of growing ridership, Metro and its…

Metro’s plans for transit in West Seattle

[Editor’s Note: originally published on Metro Matters blog 7/10/2020] The indefinite closure of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge has brought unique challenges to those traveling to and from West Seattle and surrounding areas. Since the initial news in March, King County Metro and its partners renewed their commitment to providing reliable transit options for residents…

Some Good News

We interrupt this beautiful day to bring you beautiful news – more water taxi service is floating your way starting Monday, June 22! As Washington State moves forward with its “Safe Start” plan, King County Metro’s Marine Division is enhancing service on the water taxi routes to Vashon Island and West Seattle starting next week.…

With Seattle's famed Space Needle in the background, the MV Doc Maynard glides across Elliott Bay toward West Seattle.

Water Taxi spring schedule postponed to at least April 20, 2020

Each year, the start of King County Water Taxi’s spring/summer schedule coincides with the week of the Mariner’s home opener, kicking off seven months of increased service to commuters, local explorers, and tourists alike. This year, peak season service was scheduled to begin on Monday, March 23, with a [now-canceled] Mariners home opener game scheduled…