Beginning Monday, August 7, construction at Colman Dock will close the Pier 50 dock for the King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Transit’s new Fast Ferries service. During an approximately 10-day period, Water Taxi service (on both routes) will be suspended, while Kitsap Fast Ferries will use a temporary dock at Pier 54 (Argosy Cruises next to Ye Olde Curiosity Shop). Fast Ferries sailing times will be on a temporary schedule, so check to see if your boat is leaving earlier or later than usual.
The closure comes as part of WSDOT’s Colman Dock Replacement Project, which will completely rebuild the state ferry terminal as well as the passenger-only terminal, which will open in fall 2018. The new passenger-only ferry terminal will feature a covered walkway and waiting area for passengers to queue in. A temporary passenger-only terminal on the north side of Colman Dock will be opened later this year to serve the Water Taxi and Fast Ferries.
While the Water Taxi is out of commission, there will be no bus replacement service. Instead, passengers are advised to use regular Metro bus routes to West Seattle and the Fauntleroy ferry terminal, including the RapidRide C Line, and routes 21, 37, 55, 56, 57, 116, 120, and 125. After service is restored, estimated to be on August 14, the West Seattle Water Taxi will run on a new sailing schedule to account for increased boarding times as well as waiting for state ferries to clear Colman Dock before proceeding to West Seattle.