FOLLOWUP: Start date set for Water Taxi service interruption during August dock move


(From Water Taxi website: Rendering showing interior of new passenger-ferry terminal, expected to open in late 2018)

One month ago, we received and published an alert saying that King County Water Taxi service – both West Seattle and Vashon – would be interrupted in August so the downtown dock could be moved when Colman Dock‘s remodeling project revved up.

At the time, the start date was TBA, and the length was described as up to 10 days. Late last night, Water Taxi spokesperson Brent Champaco sent word that the start date is now set: August 7th is the first day of the service suspension, which will last “up to a week.” During that time, the downtown terminal will be moved from the south side of Colman Dock to the north side. It’s expected to remain there into fall of next year, while the new passenger-only ferry terminal is built at Pier 50, for both the Water Taxi and the new Kitsap Fast Ferries service.

As also mentioned in the June announcement, the Water Taxi schedule will change when service resumes from the temporary terminal (see the revised schedule here).

One more note: Water Taxi shuttle-bus routes 773 and 775 will continue running during the August boat-service suspension, the county says.

7 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Start date set for Water Taxi service interruption during August dock move"

  • max July 14, 2017 (7:49 am)

    That’s nice the shuttle will continue to run. I use that to get down to the area sometimes even if I am not going on the water taxi. I’m happy about that.

  • Anne July 14, 2017 (8:25 am)

    I get that this has to be done-& there are schedules to meet- just too bad it couldn’t have waited until either late in August or early September-instead of during prime tourist time. I know our visiting family will be disappointed – we use the WT often to reach downtown-hit the Market- the Waterfront – the Wheel- Sounders/Mariners too. 

  • Bill at Duwamish Head July 14, 2017 (10:23 am)

    Anne, if I am reading this correctly, the new Seattle side landing will actually be a couple of blocks closer to the market and downtown area. 

    For me, it looks like leaving Mariner games 5 minutes earlier to catch the last boat is the only real impact to us West Seattleites. 

    • newnative July 14, 2017 (1:44 pm)

      It is closing for up to a week, that is the biggest impact to West Seattleites and tourists that go to West Seattle. Closing in August. That is more than a five minute difference in a bus ride. 

      • sam-c July 14, 2017 (3:24 pm)

        Not to mention all the Alki based businesses that get some more activity from people coming over on the Water Taxi during the summer.  Aren’t there a lot of businesses that rely on the summer revenue to carry them through the winter ?

  • Anne July 14, 2017 (11:21 am)

    Bill- like I said no problem at all with the plan- just timing of the service suspension- why that couldn’t have been pushed back a week or 2. 

  • SGG July 14, 2017 (12:00 pm)

    Service every 40 minutes instead of 30 is the biggest change

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