WATER TAXI: Want to take your dog or cat on board? Finally you can

While dogs and cats are allowed on Metro buses, they haven’t been allowed on the King County Water Taxi – until now. Metro has just announced the policy change to allow pets on board both the West Seattle and Vashon Island routes. The announcement says, “The new policy allowing cats (in carriers) and dogs (on a leash or in a carrier) is the result of the Water Taxi staff listening and responding to the needs of riders. A growing number of riders use the Water Taxi as an alternative to driving, but for some it only works if they can bring their pet for the trip.” King County Executive Dow Constantine plans to formally announce the change during a media event at Seacrest tomorrow.

17 Replies to "WATER TAXI: Want to take your dog or cat on board? Finally you can"

  • andreea January 11, 2022 (12:00 pm)

    This is amazing news! We’ve often wanted to hang downtown for the day and leave our car on The Rock, but wanted to have our pup along for the adventure. Now we can!!!

  • AMD January 11, 2022 (1:52 pm)

    Any word on guinea pigs, rabbits, iguanas, or other small pets?

  • WSREZZ January 11, 2022 (2:29 pm)

    bout time! love this for us.

  • Manderley January 11, 2022 (4:10 pm)

    That’s too bad.  It’s getting harder and harder for those of us who don’t like dogs to enjoy places in Seattle that are getting overrun by them.

    • Deb January 11, 2022 (6:18 pm)

      Or those of us who are allergic. :(

    • StopCuttingDownTrees January 11, 2022 (11:31 pm)

      I’d prefer we simply have fewer residents who don’t like such wonderful creatures.

  • CarDriver January 11, 2022 (4:21 pm)

    Here’s hoping that those who bring their pet is a RESPONSIBLE pet owner.

  • MrsB January 11, 2022 (4:50 pm)

    Finally we can go to visit our son in Bainbridge without having to deal with the unreliable ferry system (or driving for 2+ hours)!

    • MrsB January 11, 2022 (5:00 pm)

      Actually of course I meant bus system, not ferry!

  • Nwe January 11, 2022 (5:26 pm)

    Great news! 

  • WSCurmudgeon January 11, 2022 (7:01 pm)

    At last!  Uncle Torvald can visit with Påfågel, his emotional support peacock.  … unless someone remembers when he ran amok on the Wenatchee.   Not Uncle Torvald,  Påfågel.

  • Mariem January 11, 2022 (7:53 pm)

    Not a fan of this. Too many dog owners don’t keep their dogs under control and/or have a sense of courtesy. 

    • Prefers Dogs January 11, 2022 (10:41 pm)

      I feel the same way about parents.

      • Mariem January 12, 2022 (6:46 am)

        Good one.

        But humans come first.

      • James January 12, 2022 (9:59 am)

        I prefer humans. Dogs don’t belong on the water taxi. This is my commute. Owners are too stupid in dealing with them. 

        • StopCuttingDownTrees January 12, 2022 (1:00 pm)

          It’s NOT your commute: it’s the public’s commute on public mass transit. It’s no different than a sidewalk. If you want a private “my commute”, ride a bike, walk, call a cab, or buy a car. Kudos for the powers that be to allow owners to bring their furry family members.

  • anonyme January 13, 2022 (12:17 pm)

    I prefer dogs or other non-human animals to humans, but I’m not sure this is a good idea.  It’s bad enough when entitled humans act out through their pets while on the streets, but being in a tightly enclosed space while they do so could make for a lot of unpleasant encounters. 

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