Free Waterfront Shuttle extended through year’s end

If you use the Free Waterfront Shuttle downtown – maybe to get to/from the Water Taxi – it was scheduled to end as of today, but has been extended through year’s end. The shuttle had been run with Viaduct-related funding, and that ran out. At the last minute, its operator MTRWestern decided to keep it going for the rest of the year, so it will “resume operations on a reduced winter schedule,” according to today’s announcement. The shuttle is managed by Commute Seattle and the Downtown Seattle Association. In the current City Council budget-vetting process, Councilmember Abel Pacheco has proposed funding it – or something similar – next year by reallocating $1 million.

2 Replies to "Free Waterfront Shuttle extended through year's end"

  • anonyme November 3, 2019 (5:58 am)

    It would be interesting to see the breakdown of costs that would justify a million dollars per year to run this single shuttle.

    • WSB November 3, 2019 (10:43 am)

      I have been watching the council’s budget discussions in hopes of publishing an update by end of today/tonight and this was not a particularly popular item. Transportation items were discussed Friday afternoon.Councilmember González for one noted that the shuttle is operated by a private company and wanted to know more about its operations before it potentially comes around for a vote to include or not include in the budget.

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