King County Water Taxi will suspend service July 22-28 at Pier 52 as construction crews complete work that will allow vessels to operate out of the new downtown Seattle passenger dock at Pier 50.
Currently, the Water Taxi serves passengers from downtown Seattle to Vashon from the temporary location (since August 2017) at Pier 52 to allow for construction. The new Water Taxi facility will be located on the south side of Colman Dock at Pier 50 and is part of a larger project to renovate Colman Dock.
While service is suspended, construction crews will move the passageway from its current temporary location at Pier 52 to the new terminal and finalize connections and testing necessary for operations at the new terminal. Service is anticipated to resume on Monday, July 29.
The new passenger ferry terminal represents a major investment in passenger ferry service and the region’s long-term mobility, connecting downtown Seattle with West Seattle, Vashon and the Kitsap Peninsula. The new covered facility will have room for approximately 500 passengers. Later this summer, the facility also will feature an observation platform overlooking the bay at the west end as construction progresses.
Colman Dock is Washington State’s largest ferry terminal and supports transportation across Puget Sound between downtown Seattle and communities in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula. More than 10 million people use the terminal each year, but it is aging and vulnerable to earthquake damage. Construction to replace the terminal began in August 2017 and will continue until 2023.
Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S.