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.…

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All aboard Community vans

There is now a new option available for those who need a ride to and from the Vashon water taxi, or for essential trips on Vashon. King County Metro’s Community Van has temporarily expanded to a four-van fleet and has partnered with Metro transit operators to fulfill more essential trips on Vashon-Maury Island. The island’s bus service is currently not operating…

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…

#Metromance: Meet the sailing sweethearts, Irene and Bruce

It was West Seattle Blog that first posed the question: “Water Taxi: More romantic than a Venice gondola?” As the official blog of the King County Water Taxi, we are pleased to confirm that, yes – our water taxi is more romantic than that of our Venetian counterparts. Just ask the myriad couples who’ve had…

Visually impaired person walking with cane and service dog on new terminal's tactile pathway.

ADA Enhancements to Passenger-Only Ferry Terminal

This past week was World Braille Day and 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To celebrate, we are taking you on a tour of the ADA enhancements available at the new passenger-only ferry terminal at Pier 50 thanks to a video produced in partnership with Kitsap Ferries. From tactile…

Snazzy new signage unveiled at the passenger-only ferry terminal

If you’re waiting for a sign that you should be riding King County Water Taxi, here it is. An actual sign. Our new passenger-only ferry terminal in downtown Seattle received shiny new accessories: several dynamic signs. Previously, passengers received scheduling updates through transit alerts over email or text, and relied on hard copy signage for…