For more than a year, University of Washington students, faculty, and staff were unable to use their U-Passes as a fare payment method aboard the West Seattle Water Taxi. With the Water Taxi no longer under Metro jurisdiction and subsumed by the King County Ferry District, the agreement to accept the U-Pass was not carried over. Just yesterday, UW Commuter Services announced that KCFD would be restoring the U-Pass as an accepted payment method.
From an e-mail sent out by Commuter Services:
Commuter Services at the University of Washington is excited to announce that U-PASS members now have unlimited access to the King County Water Taxi system that includes both the Vashon Island/Downtown and West Seattle/Downtown routes as part of their U-PASS program benefits. With one-way fares starting at $3.75 for the Vashon taxi and $3.00 for West Seattle, it’s easy to see the savings add up quickly
The move essentially gives U-Pass users nearly the same benefits as those with an ORCA
passport monthly pass, but at a fraction of the cost.