Two extra months for downtown Free Waterfront Shuttle

(Photo courtesy Free Waterfront Shuttle)

If you use the Free Waterfront Shuttle downtown, they want you to know that it’s been extended to October 31st, instead of ending service on Labor Day weekend as originally scheduled. We last wrote about it back in January, when it expanded hours to help with the viaduct-to-tunnel transition. With viaduct demolition not quite done yet, “additional funding will keep the daily service running,” according to the announcement, which notes:

… Since it started in July 2018, the free service has provided more than 330,000 rides to tourists and locals visiting Seattle’s waterfront, Pioneer Square and downtown’s retail core. The shuttle currently operates seven days a week, running weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The service is provided by the WSDOT-funded program and is managed by Commute Seattle and the Downtown Seattle Association. … The shuttle is funded through the Alaskan Way Viaduct Parking Mitigation Program, designed to increase accessibility to the waterfront and Pioneer Square during viaduct demolition. …

The shuttle offers two routes: one along the waterfront and one linking the downtown core to the waterfront and Pioneer Square. …

With the shuttle now scheduled to run until late October, that also aligns with the end (October 25th) of this year’s 7-day-a-week King County Water Taxi schedule.

1 Reply to "Two extra months for downtown Free Waterfront Shuttle"

  • Karen I Groth August 30, 2019 (8:44 am)

       I may have only used the shuttle a couple of times, but it makes a GREAT addition to the transit situation in Seattle – especially with regard to the Kingston and other Kitsap Transit Fast Ferries.  Regular buses aren’t helpful in getting anywhere on a direct and fast route.  I work in Belltown…regular Metro from the dock would make me late – where the Waterfront Shuttle gets me there in the most direct route and close to my office.  If there’s any way to keep it running beyond October – even if it means paying a dollar per ride (with a subsidy from SDOT or some other agency/organization) please let me know.  I’ll add my voice and vote for it!

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