Bus and Water Taxi services expand for West Seattle
Starting tomorrow, people traveling throughout West Seattle will have more public transit options. Added trips for Route 50, Route 120, Route 60, and the RapidRide C Line will provide more frequent pick up times, particularly during the Spokane St Swing Bridge restricted hours of 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Water taxis will likewise continue operating at summertime service levels from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week, through this fall and winter. See this blog post for more information on the water taxi.
The service improvements are funded by the voter-approved 2020 Seattle Transit Measure, which provides transit service and access improvements throughout Seattle. While temporary, service expansion in West Seattle is intended to help with travel during the long-term closure of the West Seattle Bridge. It will remain in effect through mid-2022 when the bridge is scheduled to reopen. The expanded service will be phased out in fall 2022 and spring 2023.
We are partnering with regional transportation agencies in more than a couple of ways to keep you moving in West Seattle. People who make sign up at FlipYourTrip.org and pledge to switch from driving alone to another option will receive trip planning tools, special event invitations, and a special welcome bonus of $25 worth of free rides on transit, water taxi, and e-scooters.
By reducing drive-alone trips, we can each help relieve traffic congestion and pollution along High Bridge detour routes, where community members are impacted the most.
See below how bus and water taxi service will be improving:
Route 50 (Alki to SoDo Link station)
Weekdays, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
30-minute frequency increases to 15- min frequency
Improved north peninsula mobility
Frequent two-seat ride from any Link station to Alki/Admiral/Alaska Junction
Routes 120 & Rapid Ride C Line
Weekdays, 6m. – 7 p.m.
7-12 min frequency improves to 7-10 min
Weekdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
15-30 min frequency improves to 15 min
Highest-ridership routes on peninsula, and high ridership expected to continue post-COVID
Added trips align with time period for low bridge restrictions (5 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Weekdays, 6m. – 7 p.m.
15 min frequency improves to 12 min
Weekdays, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
30 min frequency improves to 15 min
Service to south peninsula commercial areas, South Park, Georgetown, and First Hill
Only frequent route serving South Park
Water Taxi service this fall and winter will remain similar to the summer daytime schedule:
- Seven day a week service between Seacrest Park in West Seattle and Pier 50 downtown from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 m.
- Ships will leave the dock every 35 minutes during weekday peak commute hours and every hour mid-day, evenings, and weekends.
- The expanded service will not include late night Friday and Saturday sailings after 7:00 p.m.