The MV Sally Fox awaits passengers at Pier 50 with the Seattle skyline in the background.

May Day: Expect major transit service disruptions Monday, May 1

(Originally posted on the Metro Matters blog) Transit riders should prepare for significant traffic delays and rerouted buses in downtown Seattle on Monday, May 1, especially during the afternoon and evening commute, as dozens of Metro and Sound Transit routes will be temporarily rerouted or intermittently delayed during May Day events. Seattle First Hill and…

Spring/summer schedule starts April 10

The weather may not yet feel like spring, but the King County Water Taxi is ready to launch its spring/summer sailing schedule on Monday, April 10. Sailings will go to seven days a week from Pier 50 downtown to West Seattle under the annual change. That means more options for weekend traveling to downtown, whether to visit…

Ron Panzero, Operations and Maintenance Manager, receives the Roger Murphy National Marine Safety Award at the Passenger Vessel Association's Annual Conference on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 in Seattle.

Water Taxi’s Ron Panzero wins national safety award

By Paul Brodeur, Marine Division Director Keeping riders and crew safe is Job 1 for us here at King County Water Taxi, so when a national organization recognizes one of our team member’s efforts, we humbly accept the accolades. Ron Panzero, Operations and Maintenance Manager for the Marine Division, was awarded the Roger Murphy National…

King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Transit are working together to launch passneger-only ferry service between downtown Seattle and the Kitsap Peninsula.

Kitsap Transit makes ceremonial first sailing to Seattle

SEATTLE – King County Executive Dow Constantine welcomed elected officials from Kitsap County today at Colman Dock in Seattle after the ceremonial first sailing of Kitsap Transit’s fast ferry, setting the stage for the launch of fast-ferry service this summer between Bremerton and downtown Seattle. Just before 11 a.m. today, Constantine welcomed Bremerton Mayor Patty…

King County Water Taxi delivered a record 601,942 riders in 2016

Water Taxi ridership sailed deep into unchartered waters in 2016

By Paul Brodeur, Marine Division Director By the time the sun set on 2016, King County Water Taxi saw the largest annual ridership increase in our history. Year-end counts show a record 601,942 boardings – a figure that shatters our previous record of 515,207 in 2015. That also represents a record increase of 86,735 riders…