As first reported here last month, the West Seattle Water Taxi will add runs, shuttle-bus capacity, and parking for the weekdays that fall during the October 21-31 Alaskan Way Viaduct closure. A news release with official final details is just in from the King County Ferry District – including the full WT schedule for the closure period – read on:
West Seattle commuters looking to stay off the road during the viaduct closure will have access to expanded weekday Water Taxi service.
Beginning at 6:15 a.m., the Water Taxi will provide a traffic-free commute every 30 minutes until 9:45 a.m. West Seattle residents will also enjoy an easier commute home thanks to runs every half-hour beginning again at 3:15 p.m. and lasting until 7:15 p.m. This reflects five additional weekday sailings.
“Additional runs, larger and expanded shuttles and increased parking make the King County Water Taxi an appealing option during the closure,” Joe McDermott, Chair of the King County Ferry District, said. “Getting more people off the road will make the commute easier for everyone.”
Free Metro shuttles that bring riders from West Seattle neighborhoods to Seacrest Dock will also provide extended service until 7:30 p.m. Route 773 serves the West Seattle Junction; route 775 serves the Admiral District and Alki.
“I am pleased we were able to work with King County Metro and the City of Seattle to give the people in King County some viable options during the viaduct closure,” said Larry Gossett, Vice Chair of the King County Ferry District. “Hopefully, the increased Water Taxi service will mitigate the anticipated hardship on King County residents.”
Parking restrictions will be lifted for the week as well. All-day, free parking will be available just north of the dock at the Don Armeni Boat Launch and along Harbor Avenue SW between Fairmount Ave SW and Maryland Place.
“This is another example of us working together to problem solve both regional and local issues,” said Kathy Lambert, who serves on the Ferry District Executive Committee. “With the state temporarily closing the viaduct later this month, it will leave many residents stuck in gridlock. I am glad that the Ferry District was able to provide this service, as it will help provide additional transportation options during this challenging period.”
The expanded service and free parking will be available from Oct. 24 – 28th.
To see specific sailing times, click here.
To see shuttle routes, search here.
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