The Water Taxi will add a second boat to its normal Saturday, Aug. 11, schedule to help carry thousands of fans to and from free concerts at Alki Beach in celebration of Sub Pop Records’ 30th Anniversary. Riders should travel early and prepare for potential crowding and possible delays on each sailing and bus trip.
On Saturday, Aug. 11, a seven-block portion of Alki Avenue Southwest will be completely closed to traffic for the iconic label’s SPF30 celebration, and some of the surrounding streets also will be closed or restricted.
That means the easiest, least-congested, least-stressful way to reach the beach party is to leave your car at home and hop aboard the Water Taxi, which departs downtown Seattle throughout the day to Seacrest Park. The Water Taxi accepts several forms of payment including ORCA cards, mobile tickets (Transit GO Ticket app), credit cards at the ticket machines on the dock (riders are encouraged to buy their return tickets on the way there) and cash on the boat using exact fare. Visit the Water Taxi’s website for more fare information. Riders should plan ahead for potential crowding on each sailing and travel early to make sure they arrive on time for the event.
Take in the sights – Elliott Bay’s blue waters, the Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier – as the Water Taxi delivers you to West Seattle in 15 minutes. Once the vessel docks, fans will be able to hop aboard a shuttle to the free, all-ages event along Alki Beach. The event is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday.
And you can catch the Water Taxi back to downtown Seattle later that night. Simply return to Seacrest Park by 11 p.m., to be in time for the last boat of the night.
Metro also will add frequency on its Route 50 to and from Alki. Fans can ride transit to the beach party via Metro’s Route 50 from the Othello light rail station or from the Alaska Junction. On Saturday, Route 50 buses will operate every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to midnight.
Fans can also ride the RapidRide C Line between South Lake Union, downtown and West Seattle to connect with Route 50 or with the SPF30 private shuttle at the Alaska Junction.