West Seattle Water Taxi to add runs, parking during Alaskan Way Viaduct’s 9-day, 10-night closure

September 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, King County Water Taxi, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

During the previous two media briefings we’ve covered regarding the upcoming 9-day, 10-night Alaskan Way Viaduct closure (October 21-31), there hasn’t been much information available about how the West Seattle Water Taxi will be made more usable for the duration – though there were promises that the information was forthcoming. The first major round of updates has just been provided by County Councilmember Joe McDermott, who is also chair of the King County Ferry District Board – details ahead:

This isn’t the final list of additions/changes, he stressed – there are a few more in the works. But for starters:

*They will add runs for the weekdays involved in the closure (Monday, October 24-Friday, October 25) – adding a 6 am downtown departure, 6:15 from West Seattle, then one in the “gap” leaving downtown at 9:30 am and West Seattle at 9:45, plus a 7:15 pm downtown departure and 7:30 pm West Seattle departure. (Fridays, of course, already have later runs, so that one is just for Monday-Thursday of that week.) There also will be some time shifts in mid-afternoon, for the runs during and right after the 3 pm hour.

*Shuttle times will correspond to the boat times, Councilmember McDermott promised, including adding a later shuttle.

*The shuttle size will be increased for the week, from the current 19-person bus to a 30-person bus (but note that the temporary, larger substitutes will not be “Water Taxi-branded”).

*More commuter parking will be available. As already announced, Harbor Avenue parking will see some changes – clarified today as, water side of the street only, between Fairmount and Maryland, with signage prohibiting parking 2-5 am, so that commuters will have maximum access. Also, the city is giving up half the Don Armeni Boat Ramp lot to be used that week as Water Taxi parking, one car per stall (even those long ones).

Again, more announcements are expected to facilitate the maximum possible ridership during the Viaduct-less week. (If you missed our stories on the two previous briefings – here’s the one from this past Tuesday; here’s the original announcement confirming the 10/21-10/31 dates.)

11 Comments

  1. “*Shuttle times will correspond to the boat times, Councilmember McDermott promised, including adding a later shuttle.”

    Wonderful news! Thank you! I wish shuttle times always corresponded to boat times. Especially the later ones on Fridays and Saturdays. I also wish that extra sailing in the evening on weeknights would become permanent. But this is a great start!

    Comment by April — 3:30 pm September 23, 2011 #

  2. I have long wondered why/how it is that shuttle/boat times didn’t correspond. I’ve not understood the lack of cooperation between WSF and Metro, but, with their own boats?!? It’s no wonder folks still don’t seem to use the shuttle and park up the nearby neighborhood instead of thier own ‘local’ areas.

    Comment by Carolyn — 5:29 pm September 23, 2011 #

  3. This is very Good news! Thank you WSB for getting the info out as always!

    Comment by Noelle — 5:30 pm September 23, 2011 #

  4. Our Democratic county council

    Cut public transit to poor areas

    Increase the rides for the toy boat, while each trip operates at a loss

    Seattle is only for rich white people

    Comment by NikkiTaMere — 10:27 am September 24, 2011 #

  5. Carolyn, shuttle/boat times do correspond, according to both websites. For example, Metro Rt 773 shuttle leaves the Jct at 6:26 AM and arrives at Seacrest Park at 6:40 and the boat leaves at 6:45 and arrives DT at 6:55. Next 773 shuttle arrives at 7:11 and boat leaves at 7:15AM. Check out there websites and wonder no more.

    Comment by Moose — 11:52 am September 24, 2011 #

  6. “Our Democratic county council
    Cut public transit to poor areas
    Increase the rides for the toy boat, while each trip operates at a loss
    Seattle is only for rich white people”

    Please identify one single public transportation trip in the region that does not operate at a loss based on passenger fares. Thank you.

    Comment by Brian Hodges — 1:33 pm September 24, 2011 #

  7. Yes, all public transportation is subsidized, but the water taxi is an especially egregious misuse of public funds.
    .
    http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/publications/opinion/king-county-should-let-private-company-run-west-seattle-water-taxi
    .
    They are providing parking during the viaduct shutdown. Why isn’t this permanent and why wasn’t it planned from the beginning?
    .
    This was NEVER a serious answer to our traffic or transportation problems.

    Comment by JoAnne — 10:04 am September 25, 2011 #

  8. I find it interesting that West Siders get subsidized transportation from Alki to downtown, and they still complain. It is the old saw, the more you get from government, the more you complain that you need more.

    Seems to me, West Seattle should have remained a separate city, instead of joining Seattle back in the 1920s’.

    Or maybe these fine West Siders should have experienced traffic to and from before the high rise bridge was built.

    It sure ain’t the West Seattle I grew up in.

    Comment by Big Ev — 1:07 pm September 25, 2011 #

  9. Yay for parking! Woo hoo for the shuttle service being expanded! So happy it will be easier for people to use, especially during that tough shut-down. Phooey on all of you chompin’ on sour grapes. The Water Taxi IS a viable option…try using it and you might change your tune. Lovely way to start and end the day and the fastest way for me to get downtown. Expensive to operate AND to use? Yes. Worth it? ABSOLUTELY. The naysayers are probably the same people who didn’t want the monorail, think light-rail is a joke and believe people who bike to work are evil incarnate.

    Comment by Always confused — 1:06 pm September 26, 2011 #

  10. I love the water taxi. Use it ALL the time. Only wish it was easier to get there from the south end of West Seattle… but I’m not complaining, b/c most days, it’s the quickest way into downtown for me to get to work. Thank goodness we have this option!

    Comment by Cheryl — 2:58 pm September 28, 2011 #

  11. Anyone have suggestions for where to park a car downtown for when you get off the Water Taxi? I know I’ll have to pay dearly, but I’m thinking I’ll leave a car downtown to do the north leg of the trip. Still have to head north to Lake Washington for my job, once the little boat ride is done. Deep sigh … It’s all sounding like a day trip to me. I let my boss know I may not be in until noon that week.

    Comment by Kate Graham — 4:30 pm September 28, 2011 #

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