Update: West Seattle Water Taxi WILL have extra runs for Seahawks parade – on ‘M/V Steven Hauschka’

February 4, 2014 at 11:04 am | In King County Water Taxi, West Seattle news | 23 Comments

(UPDATED 1:30 PM: Special sailing, shuttle schedules for Wednesday, added)

(WSB file photo)
11:04 AM: Just got word from King County Councilmember Joe McDermott – the West Seattle Water Taxi WILL have midday runs tomorrow for Seahawks Victory Parade goers. Full schedule will be out shortly (the first and last run times of the day won’t change – what WILL change is that it will run all day, including the period when it’s idle in the winter, 9 am-3:30 pm). And shuttle bus schedules WILL match the runs.

Bonus – remember the WSB commenters who suggested that the Water Taxi be honorarily renamed after kicker Steven Hauschka since he wasn’t included in the Washington State Ferries‘ honorary renames? Councilmember McDermott says that will happen for tomorrow, especially appropriate since Hauschka scored (early) offensive points on Sunday. (Poster image from King County added 5:54 pm)

12:19 PM UPDATE: Here’s the special Wednesday-ONLY sailing schedule as a PDF – this image is from that document:

Shuttle-bus schedule still being finalized, we’re told; we’ll add it when it’s available. (And if you’re thinking about driving to the dock, see our note from last night about free parking at Salty’s on Alki [WSB sponsor].)

1:30 PM UPDATE: Here’s a PDF of the special Wednesday shuttle-bus schedule (with the sailing schedule alongside):

See you at the dock!

23 Comments

  1. Thank goodness. I work on 4th Ave, and my start time is 11.

    Comment by spl drone — 11:28 am February 4, 2014 #

  2. Awesome sauce. Woot!

    Comment by Westseattledood — 11:48 am February 4, 2014 #

  3. Yay!!!

    Comment by A — 11:51 am February 4, 2014 #

  4. I’m impressed! They actually remembered the email I sent yesterday to ask about this. I recieved another response today with the schedule. How about that!!! :-)

    Comment by Karin — 1:32 pm February 4, 2014 #

  5. Glad to hear it. I had been inquiring about this since late morning yesterday and after various inquiries was suspecting it WOULD happen, but I know they had a lot of arrangements to make to get crews scheduled etc. before they could say for sure … TR

    Comment by WSB — 1:43 pm February 4, 2014 #

  6. Is the blue side the departing from West Seattle times? Or is the the green side departing from West Seattle?

    Comment by Confused — 2:11 pm February 4, 2014 #

  7. The left side is labeled as West Seattle, which means Seacrest departure times. Right side is Pier 50, which is downtown departure times.

    Comment by WSB — 2:13 pm February 4, 2014 #

  8. wonder how much this extra service and the reroutes and slowdowns caused by the parade will cost Metro (i.e. taxpayers), esp. when the WSBridge is pretty much empty and the buses are hardly crowded at this time of day. As the NFL parent group made tens if not hundreds of millions this season and doesn’t pay federal taxes, maybe they should step up and foot the bill.

    Comment by metrognome — 2:51 pm February 4, 2014 #

  9. Crawl back into the cave metrognome and complain some other day. Time to celebrate!

    Comment by sgg — 3:07 pm February 4, 2014 #

  10. There always has to be a negative nancy in the group. metrognome, just BE HAPPY and Hawk on. This is a great time for our city. ENJOY IT!

    Comment by wseakell — 3:16 pm February 4, 2014 #

  11. I love it all. Just too bad the weather reminds me of the bad North Dakota winter of 1953. Ohhh, that was a …

    Congratulations, Seahawks.

    Comment by Genesee Hill — 3:36 pm February 4, 2014 #

  12. Thanks King County- Metro for adding Water Taxi runs tomorrow- giving West Seattle more options to get downtown to celebrate our Super Bowl Champions! It would not be surprising that taking the Water Taxi & then walking uptown to 4th Ave & parade route- or down to Century Link would actually be easier & faster than trying to drive – or take a bus. I have heard that possibly 200,000- 300,000 people could be there- might make it difficult for vehicles to move . Can’t wait for the celebration!!

    Comment by Anne — 4:12 pm February 4, 2014 #

  13. Okay, this is a REALLY, REALLY good option. So, now I need you hardcore 12th-ies to give me all of your best tips. Heading over by myself. What should I do when I get across the pond? Head as close to the stadium as possible or find a curb, if possible? Attach myself to a group? Should I take a chair? I plan on going over REALLY early and will need to sit. Chime in, please. I need tips.

    Comment by Margaret in Vashon — 6:35 pm February 4, 2014 #

  14. Wowzer. I just read some are now thinking 500,000 will be at the parade.

    People need to bring confetti and streamers! And then clean up afterward, of course. ;)

    Comment by football mecca — 7:30 pm February 4, 2014 #

  15. Thank YOU King County Water Taxi! The crew are big 12th Man supporters. To be willing to sacrifice going to the parade to help WS get downtown is much appreciated by this regular.

    Comment by Junebug — 7:36 pm February 4, 2014 #

  16. SPD is now estimating the turnout at a half million along the parade route and CLink.

    Comment by Wes Cider — 7:50 pm February 4, 2014 #

  17. Metrognome- it’s said that seahawks are footing the bill, not only for the parade but all festivities associated with it. Have some team spirit and support your community for ONE day even if it takes you out of your comfort zone. There are a lot of people excited to celebrate one of Seattles historic wins.

    Comment by WSrez — 8:08 pm February 4, 2014 #

  18. So excited that our message was heard and Hauschka got his very well deserved boat! Thank you Joe McDermott and all of you fellow 12ers that helped get the word out! GO HAWKS!

    Comment by Used to live on Alki — 8:58 pm February 4, 2014 #

  19. WSrez — haven’t cared about ‘professional’ sports since they became a vehicle for rich people to get richer at taxpayer expense. I have heard only that the team is paying for police overtime; if you have add’l info, please provide a link. I wonder how many of these ‘fans’ supported the Hawks when they were struggling. As far as ‘team spirit’ …

    Comment by metrognome — 9:05 pm February 4, 2014 #

  20. Thanks as always to WSB and readers for up to minute info and community in action! Pulling my two tots from school tomorrow and will be using the water taxi now. Looking forward to a great day tomorrow! Have been trying CL all night for Century Link tickets as well as the SafeCo free tickets without luck, if any west seattlites can help please contact Tom at thomsonmilne@gmail.com . Championship city!!

    Comment by TM — 9:31 pm February 4, 2014 #

  21. Wow! So thrilled that city leaders actually listened to our emails and suggestions. Doesn’t happen very often at all- so I am going to enjoy this one!! Nice work to everyone who took the time to contact Mc Dermott and Constantine. Yeah! Go Hawks!!

    Comment by ACG — 11:51 pm February 4, 2014 #

  22. water taxi is no longer keeping posting sailing times for the Seahawks parade. supposed to leave the West Seattle side at 2pm but the Spirit of Kingston unloaded its 130pm run from DT and then they cast off lines and left the west side at 142pm. WTF!?

    Comment by C Dean — 2:02 pm February 5, 2014 #

  23. C Dean – I can only hope that they’re making some unscheduled extra runs as they did in the morning, but I have been unable to reach the county for confirmation. Or else they’re just trying to go over and back as fast and frequently as they can otherwise …

    Comment by WSB — 2:46 pm February 5, 2014 #

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