Thursday, October 27, 2011

Water Taxi saves the Commute during Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition

OK, so maybe the demolition of the Viaduct isn't quite like this (why, oh why can't we import Godzilla to do the job?), but those in Seattle have been feeling the pinch of traffic caused by the closure of the southern section of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Since August, King County, the City of Seattle and the State Department of Transportation have been pushing us to look to alternate commute options.  Well, since April I've been taking the West Seattle Water Taxi in the mornings, and just added it in the evenings to avoid sitting on a bus on the West Seattle Bridge.

Well, Monday morning, I was joined by 149 other eager riders.   The numbers have dropped off somewhat since Monday, likely as people shift commute hours, or find other means, but the numbers are still good.  I'm hoping that they stay somewhat high so that the King County Ferry District can add more runs and routes.

Let's face it, taking a boat across the sound is a great way to commute!

Here are the ridership numbers for this week.

Morning commute addendum:  After three days of the media crawling all over Seacrest park in the morning, it looks like they've decided we're old news.  Not a camera or reporter in sight.