The Water Taxi docks in Seacrest Park in West Seattle. The park is easy to reach by bus, neighborhood shuttles, and waterfront pathways for walkers and bicyclists. Visitors to West Seattle will find easy access to waterfront trails, Alki beach, fishing piers, restaurants, and shops along California Avenue.
A new floating dock was installed at Seacrest Park in early 2010.
1660 Harbor Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98126
Ticket vending machines
Scuba diving launch
A very limited amount of short-term parking is available at Seacrest Park. On-street parking is available along Harbor Avenue SW.
Passengers disembark from the King County Water Taxi at Pier 50 in Downtown Seattle.
801 Alaskan Way (at the foot of Yesler Street)
Seattle, WA 98104
Pier 50 has ticket vending machines, snack machines, a covered passenger waiting area, and portable restrooms. Pier 52, a Washington State Ferries terminal one block to the north, has many additional amenities including an indoor passenger waiting area, restrooms, restaurants, espresso stand, and an ATM machine.
There is no parking available at Pier 50. There are paid lots available in the area, and metered parking on nearby streets.
There is one three-minute load/unload zone across from Pier 52, under the Alaskan Way Viaduct, where you may pick up or drop off passengers. When using this loading zone, drivers must remain with their vehicles.
The Spirit of Kingston is a foil-assisted catamaran that holds 147 passengers, 16 bicycles, and a crew of three. With a cruising speed of 24 knots, she crosses between West Seattle and downtown Seattle in about 10 minutes.
Inside, the Spirit of Kingston has a combination of theater-style seats, bench seats with tables, and facing seats on two interior decks. She also has one interior accessible restroom, two exterior restrooms on the rear of the first deck, and outdoor seating on the rear of the upper deck.
The Spirit of Kingston has four 740-horsepower propulsion engines that meet Tier 1 pollution standards. The vessel is also equipped with two radar systems, a GPS plotter, a depth sounder, a wired remote steering and propulsion controller, and an automated information system transponder. She is inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The King County Ferry District acquired the eight-year-old vessel at no capital cost through an agreement with the Federal Transit Administration for the West Seattle/Downtown Seattle route.
Length: 65 ft.
Beam: 25.6 ft.
Draft (deepest): 3 ft.
Weight: 70 tons
Diesel oil: 1,400 gal.
Potable water: 150 gal.
Holding tank (sewage): 150 gal.
Holding tank (bilge water): 50 gal.
At cruising speed, the Spirit of Kingston uses about 80 gallons of fuel per hour.
The King County Water Taxi’s newest vessel, the MV Doc Maynard, will be dedicated by King County Executive Dow Constantine, County Councilmember Joe McDermott, and others in a ceremony on Sept. 18. It will serve the growing number of riders along the West Seattle-Downtown Seattle route.
The Doc Maynard is one of two new water taxis built with grant money from the Federal Transit Administration. The grant covered 80 percent of the cost of the two vessels. The new boats can carry 278 passengers, and they have increased bicycle storage capacity, wider doors for faster boarding, and low-emission engines.
After a public vote, the vessel was named for one of Seattle’s early pioneers, David Swinson “Doc” Maynard, who helped shape the Seattle we know today and advocated for naming the city after Chief Seattle.
MV Doc Maynard dedication
Sept. 9–On Friday Sept. 18 at 11:30 a.m. we’ll welcome our new vessel, which will serve the West Seattle Route. Celebrate with us at the King County Water Taxi dock on Pier 50 in downtown Seattle (801 Alaskan Way).
Got a great photo of your water taxi trip?
Aug. 14–Whether it was for your daily commute or just for fun, share it with us on Instagram!