Wondering where the boat is? King County now has ‘Water Taxi Watch’

(Screengrab from Water Taxi Watch)
Wondering where your Water Taxi is? Just announced:

The King County Marine Division (KCMD) is excited to announce that we have gone live with our Water Taxi Watch system.

Water Taxi Watch, modeled after Washington State Ferries’ (WSF) very popular VesselWatch, allows you to track vessels on our routes in real time, including their position, speed, and direction. You can also find arrival and departure schedules and other useful information on the site. Hopefully the next foggy morning you are down at the dock and cannot see your vessel, you will be able to use this new tool to track the status of your boat.

This project was funded by a Federal Transit Administration technology grant and is a collaborative effort between WSF and the King County Marine Division. Please visit our website at kingcounty.gov/watertaxi for a link to this exciting new feature!

(Note: The site currently lists the vessel’s estimated arrival time. This is an estimate based on the scheduled crossing time added to the actual departure time and does not account for weather or other delays during the crossing)

The direct link is here – it’s hosted on the Washington State Ferries website (you’ll notice that it lists WSF vessels as well), and as noted in the announcement, is reachable via a button from the Water Taxi homepage.

SIDE NOTE: While there’s no official announcement from the county yet (we’re checking), BikeVashon says the first new Water Taxi, M/V Sally Fox (which will be on the Seattle-Vashon route), is expected to be dedicated March 28th.

5 Replies to "Wondering where the boat is? King County now has 'Water Taxi Watch'"

  • Dallan February 24, 2015 (4:01 pm)

    I’m an indie mobile developer working on a similar tool for mobile devices. Combines WSF, King County Water Taxi, Victoria Clipper, and some others. A non-profit project for the benefit of North West ferry travelers.


    • WSB February 24, 2015 (4:10 pm)

      Good luck! Lot of other providers, as you know – are you going to include BC Ferries? the Pierce County mini-system?

  • Z February 24, 2015 (5:32 pm)

    Vessel watch on the WSF site is my favorite. Don’t forget about the blackball ferry from PT angeles to Victoria.

  • jo February 24, 2015 (6:22 pm)


  • Dallan February 25, 2015 (8:56 am)

    So far my app has: WSF, BC Ferries, King County Water Taxi, Translink SeaBus, MV Coho (PT Angeles to Victoria), Victoria Clipper, Lummi Island ferry, Guemes ferry. If you can suggest others, I’d be happy to include them. All show real-time and animated on the map (with wake trails to show direction).

    Plus it has push notifications for WSF and BC Ferries alerts.


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