WATER TAXI UPDATE: No West Seattle service this afternoon/evening, Thursday morning

(Added: Reader photo, sign up at Pier 50 downtown)

3:12 PM: Just announced by King County Department of Transportation:

The West Seattle route of the King County Water Taxi has been canceled tonight due to a maintenance issue at Seacrest Park. We will update the status of the West Seattle Water Taxi service as more information becomes available. The Vashon route will continue to operate normal service.

During this time, Water Taxi shuttle routes 773 and 775 will continue to operate as usual in West Seattle. While Water Taxi service is suspended, riders are encouraged to use one or more of the following options:


Metro’s RapidRide C Line and routes 21, 55, 56, 57, 120 & 125 connect West Seattle to downtown Seattle – close to the Pier 50 passenger only facility located at Alaskan Way and Columbia Street.

Route 128 connects the Admiral District, Morgan Junction, High Point, Delridge, South Seattle College and White Center areas with the West Seattle

Water Taxi shuttle routes 773 & 775 will continue to operate their regular routes and schedules during this time, connecting West
Seattle riders to the West Seattle Junction and Alki Beach via Harbor Avenue, Alki Avenue and North Admiral.
Link light rail

Metro Route 50 connects West Seattle – including North Delridge, the Alaska Junction, the Admiral District and Alki Beach to Link light rail at SODO

We are following up to ask about the problem at Seacrest and whether it’s likely to be fixed by morning.

6:05 PM: From spokesperson Jeff Switzer: “A quarterly inspection identified that a steel pin where the gangway is connected to the shore is damaged. Out of an abundance of caution, until further evaluation and a possible temporary repair can be completed, service on the West Seattle Water Taxi route is canceled until further notice. We expect service will remain suspended Thursday and customers should consider travel alternatives.”

10:03 PM: West Seattle Water Taxi service is officially canceled for Thursday morning. We’ll include any updates in the morning traffic/transit watch.

21 Replies to "WATER TAXI UPDATE: No West Seattle service this afternoon/evening, Thursday morning"

  • wsresident October 28, 2020 (3:39 pm)

    so much irony on that there sign. 

    • Hank October 28, 2020 (6:49 pm)

      LOVE the sign. Some’s up 2020 and WS so well.

    • KJ October 28, 2020 (7:06 pm)


    • Canton October 29, 2020 (5:34 am)

      Now that’s a t-shirt logo I would buy.

      • Alice October 29, 2020 (5:44 pm)

        Me too

    • Midi October 29, 2020 (9:44 am)

      Any support if we start a petition to change our name to the West Seattle Island? There seems to be no way out anymore.

  • AlkiJames October 28, 2020 (3:54 pm)

    Thanks for following up. Hopefully they give us some kind of update tonight so that we can plan around it for tomorrow. 

  • Liza October 28, 2020 (4:01 pm)

    Just talked to an employee at the downtown terminal and they said it’s unlikely to run through the end of the week. Said the dock was broken 

    • WSB October 28, 2020 (4:20 pm)

      Thanks, still awaiting official information from KCDOT, will update as soon as that’s in.

    • Roms October 28, 2020 (6:25 pm)

      It’s time for a committee with sub-committees, and a replace-or-repair decision following a cost-benefit analysis.

      • Frog October 29, 2020 (1:16 am)

        Whoa, whoa, whoa … I don’t think we can do any of that without a communication plan in place.  Plus, someone needs to estimate how much of the ferry traffic could be replaced by swimming, paddle boards, and amphibious bicycles.  Never fear, I am sure our local officials are laser focused on a solution.

        • Seattle Cynic October 29, 2020 (10:40 am)

          Oh man, sign me up for an assistant to the sub-committee co-chair!  And is it just me, or is is anybody else getting a “assistant TO the regional manager “ from The Office???

  • Kalo October 28, 2020 (4:05 pm)

    My guess is, there will not be service tomorrow morning either, as the folks that were working there earlier today are now gone. Can’t imagine a crew will be working during the night. 

  • Lisa October 28, 2020 (4:46 pm)

    Would appreciate 2020 being cancelled as well!

  • SLJ October 28, 2020 (8:27 pm)

    Is this the sign at the exit to the (former) bridge?

  • Kj October 28, 2020 (9:59 pm)

    There is officially no way out of west Seattle 

  • Snow October 29, 2020 (12:18 am)

    WSB, Did you think to ask how this “just” happened?  Fact is water taxi know over two weeks ago of a problem. But the city of Seattle and Army Corp of Engineers know about this. Ask who owns the dock? Who has to pay for maintenance of the dock? Who wants to and has built an update for the dock?Ask why doesn’t Metro support the water taxi with bus service? They’ll talk about the the shuttle( holds 14) but never about true bus service. Why? Because they know the C line, 120 could lose ridership if people had a choice.  Ten years and WS still have to stand in the rain, wind, sun. In ten years they couldn’t figure out a way to provide some cover for riders? 

  • Yma October 29, 2020 (3:23 am)

    I want the T-shirt! ( next up: Roxbury, Ambaum & 509)

  • Don Brubeck October 29, 2020 (7:49 am)

    Repair? or replace?

  • Craig October 29, 2020 (2:25 pm)

    $20 bet that the lower bridge is about to get broken, probably stuck open. It’s got to be feeling left out. 

  • Forrest Green October 29, 2020 (6:02 pm)

    New Movie in production now! Snake Plissken – Escape From West Seattle!

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