A King County Water Taxi sign greets passers-by of the service's temporary facility at Pier 52

Heads up! Alaskan Way changes mean Water Taxi passengers will need to take extra precaution near Pier 52

Attention King County Water Taxi riders: You’re going to want to be extra careful when leaving or approaching our location along the Seattle waterfront. Beginning Monday, Oct. 15, the Washington State Department of Transportation will shift Alaskan Way from under the Alaskan Way Viaduct west, toward the waterfront. That means there will be two lanes…

Sub Pop Records CEO: ‘It would have been impossible to bring that many people to our festival without the help of the King County Water Taxi’

Event organizers for Sub Pop Record’s 30th anniversary celebration on Alki Beach praised King County Water Taxi’s flexibility for helping thousands of concert-goers enjoy the biggest one-day event in West Seattle’s history without having to fight traffic congestion. King County Water Taxi set a single-day ridership record during Sub Pop Records’ 30th anniversary celebration on Alki…

Riders from Vashon Island disembark the MV Sally Fox in Seattle.

Water Taxi breaks another ridership record in October

Make it another month of record ridership for the King County Water Taxi. And it’s all thanks to our amazing riders! For the second consecutive month, we carried more riders than ever before – 52,902, to be exact. That’s nearly 20 percent more than October ridership in each of the last two years. Here’s a breakdown…

Mike Sudduth, left, plays a game of cribbage with Richard Franklin, right, as another game of cribbage takes place at the table next to them aboard the MV Sally Fox. Sudduth donated the specially inscribed boards as a way to honor his friend, Sally Fox, who was an advocate for passenger-only ferry service to Vashon Island and the vessel's namesake.

The story behind MV Sally Fox’s cribbage boards

Regulars on King County Water Taxi’s Vashon Island route know them well: glossy wooden cribbage boards stationed at one of four seating areas in the lower passenger deck of the MV Sally Fox. On almost every run, enthusiasts of the popular card-and-board game can be seen huddled around one of these game boards, studying their…

GIF of water taxi photo overlaid with image of ridership 2013, 2014 and 2015, and 515,000 record broken in October 2016.

New record: Ridership soaring on the water taxi!

Middle of last week it happened. Most people were quietly commuting on the water taxi into downtown Seattle when history was made! Thanks to riders, the 2015 record of 515,207 boardings was broken last Wednesday. With more than two months of service left in 2016, there’s a chance ridership might top 600,000. Since starting service as…