King County Water Taxi Service from Kirkland-UW to be Studied

King County is considering expanding water taxi service to Lake Washington, including a dock at Kirkland's Marina Park. King5 News ran a story on the subject ( yesterday suggesting that King County could take three years to study the options of bringing pedestrian-only water taxis on Lake Washington from Kenmore and Kirkland to the UW and from Ballard to Downtown Seattle.

The King County Council will be getting a report on Ferry Expansion Options to provide:
•    An assessment of passenger-only ferry expansion options, consistent with the strategic plan adopted by the Ferry District, which builds on new transit options that are projected to be delivered through Sound Transit's University Link and other funded regional transit expansions being delivered in the next decade.
•    An assessment of facilities, service options, community interest and readiness and cost estimates for both capital and operations.

The Final Report on Ferry Expansion Options will help the County address the following goals and strategies from the Marine Division strategic plan adopted by the King County Ferry District:
•    GOAL: Integrate Water Taxi Service with Broader Regional Transportation System and Economy  
•    Strategy 16: Determine feasible routes for expansion of passenger-only service within King County
It is estimated that development of the Interim and Final Reports on Ferry Expansion Options has cost approximately $190,000.