By: KIRO 7 News Staff
The water taxi ride to and from West Seattle will likely be a bit more crowded this week while one boat is being inspected.
The change comes as transportation officials plan to temporarily suspend all service next week while crews prepare to open a new passenger dock in downtown Seattle.
The West Seattle route’s usual vessel, the 278-passenger Doc Maynard, is being shifted to the Vashon Island route for the remainder of this week. Its replacement, the Spirit of Kingston, has almost half the capacity.
The usual boat for the Vashon route, the Sally Fox, is in dry dock for a routine annual inspection.
While the smaller capacity boat may be an inconvenience this week, next week there will be no King County Water Taxi or Kitsap Fast Ferry service at all between Monday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 11.
During the closure, crews will move equipment, set up ORCA card readers and move the gangway from Pier 52 to the new dock at Pier 50.
On Monday, August 12, the new passenger-only facility servicing the Water Taxi and Fast Ferry is scheduled to open on Pier 50 and will be the new home for passengers coming from or heading to Vashon Island, West Seattle, Bremerton, and Kingston, King County Metro said.
Metro says there are a variety of public transportation options commuters can use during the closure. Find the list here.