New Water Taxi numbers: Another mega-month

August 8, 2008 at 9:24 am | In Elliott Bay Water Taxi, Transportation, West Seattle news | 5 Comments


A little more than halfway through this year’s Elliott Bay Water Taxi season, we just got word from King County Councilmember Dow Constantine‘s office that ridership numbers for July were once again up double digits from the same month a year earlier – here’s the full news release:

July ridership on the Elliott Bay Water Taxi increased 15 percent over last July, making this the third straight month of double-digit ridership increases for the popular passenger ferry.

This July, 42,436 passengers rode the Water Taxi, compared to 36,885 last July. Ridership was also up 14 percent in June and 17 percent in April and May, compared with 2007 numbers. The downtown-to-Seacrest Park run has served a total of 101,882 riders since opening its 2008 summer season on April 27.

“This Elliott Bay Water Taxi’s successful summer is a great kickoff for the King County Ferry District,” said Metropolitan King County Councilmember Dow Constantine, whose district includes Southwest Seattle. “The Water Taxi has shown that King County residents appreciate the addition of waterborne transit service to their
commuting and traveling options.”

This is the first year that the Elliott Bay Water Taxi has been funded by the newly established King County Ferry District. This has allowed King County to use the money that previously funded water taxi service on expanded bus service. The Ferry District plans to move the Elliott Bay Water Taxi to year-round service in Spring 2010 with improved docks and boats.

In the summer of 2007, the Water Taxi carried a record 161,331 passengers. Both of the past two seasons have seen annual ridership increases of more than 32 percent.

The Water Taxi schedule is linked, by the way, from the WSB Traffic page.


  1. This is great news and also expected considering the recent bus capacity issues and spike in motor fuel costs. I actually was expecting higher numbers.
    I really wish we could pick up the pace on making this a viable year round transportaion option. Does anyone know why we can’t make it year round until 2010?

    Comment by worms roxanne, I'm afraid of worms — 10:05 am August 8, 2008 #

  2. It can’t go year-round until they replace the dock floats. They are in such poor shape that they actually take them out in the winter. But they are keeping the season open through October this year.

    Comment by westwood — 11:31 am August 8, 2008 #

  3. two years to replace the floats. They must be durn nice ones.

    Comment by worms roxanne, I\'m afraid of worms — 11:44 am August 8, 2008 #

  4. I’m so happy they are keeping it running through October – it is a great way to get to and from the Seahawks games on Sundays and Mondays…and sometimes Thursdays!

    Comment by KM — 12:03 pm August 8, 2008 #

  5. Love the taxi, the way that it helps me unwind after work is priceless. What’s the status on the Jack Block park potential move? More parking would certainly help. Plus newer boats, round the clock schedule, year round schedule, etc. But one thing at a time I understand.

    Comment by Creighton — 11:16 pm August 8, 2008 #

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