WATER TAXI ALERT: Service suspended briefly because of downtown incident – here’s what it was

2:42 PM: From Metro: “Service for the King County Water Taxi is suspended until further notice as law enforcement responds to an incident at the Water Taxi Terminal at Pier 50.” That’s the downtown dock that serves both West Seattle and Vashon Water Taxi routes. More info to come.

2:46 PM: Haven’t yet found out what the “incident” was, but Metro just sent another alert that Water Taxi service has resumed.

3:13 PM: Still trying to sleuth the “incident” – SPD says it wasn’t them. (Update: We’re told it was the Transit Police, so we’re checking with the King County Sheriff’s Office, of which they’re a part.)

3:54 PM: KCSO tells us, “A person left their suitcase by mistake in the middle of the water taxi terminal. This happened at 1359. The suitcase was reclaimed by the owner when they came back to reclaim it. Metro Transit PD was called into to facilitate a civil standby while the bag was given back.”

3 Replies to "WATER TAXI ALERT: Service suspended briefly because of downtown incident - here's what it was"

  • Erik December 9, 2023 (1:05 pm)

    I’m confused. Why shut the terminal down for that? Was the suitcase suspicious? I don’t know why they would shut the entire terminal down just to facilitate someone coming to pickup their suitcase. And if it was suspicious why wouldn’t the bomb squad be called? Did they give any other info?

    • WSB December 9, 2023 (1:10 pm)

      Yes, it was considered suspicious.

    • WiseWoman December 9, 2023 (9:27 pm)

      Bc of possible bombing

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