The newest Captain in the Water Taxi family!

Officer on deck! West Seattle Water Taxi riders already recognize deckhand Nick Williams, and know him for his great sense of humor and unflappable and easygoing attitude. Get ready to salute, though. Nick recently received his captain’s license from the United States Coast Guard, and last week started driving the West Seattle route as a…

Marine Division Director Paul Brodeur gestures as he directs two people on the Seattle Pier 50 water taxi dock, with the water taxi in the background.

Water taxi funding part of upcoming county budget

Water taxi riders know there is strong ridership and continued demand for service on both the Vashon and West Seattle routes. Paul Brodeur, director of King County’s Marine Division which operates the service, spoke with Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Editor Anneli Fogt about the upcoming funding decision needed by the County Council. The County Executive will…

Riders walking onto the water taxi from the dock.

Water Taxi ridership continues to climb

The evening water taxi sailings to Vashon continue to set ridership records. On July 26, we carried 241 passengers on the 5:30 p.m. sailing from Pier 50. This surpasses the previous record sailing – 237 – on a commute day set just a few weeks ago. West Seattle also has seen a rise in commuter…

Rehearsing a waterborne emergency

The Water Taxi is not only a transit option, it can save lives when called into service during an emergency. Over the past six years, our vessel crews have performed eight in-water rescues of paddle boarders, kayakers, and divers who got into trouble on the waters of Elliott Bay. The Water Taxi also stands ready…