QUOTE(KevinKorell @ Apr 23 2012, 10:27 PM)
Doesn't the 99 bus (converted from the former 99 George Benson Waterfront Streetcar) still run along the waterfront in one direction? IIRC it was changed to run a circular route, northbound on First Avenue and southbound along the harbor. Getting to First Avenue on foot is no easy matter, as there is a large hill and some long stairways. By at least making that bus circular, they can carry people through the loop so that when they get to 1st they can transfer to other buses or walk another 2 blocks to the Downtown Tunnel to catch the Central LINK light rail.
For walk-ons getting off the car ferries, they have at least a head start getting up one part of the steep hill, with the bridge from the dock to 1st Ave crossing Western/Elliot Avenues. So perhaps if any of the city's Transit Master Plan ideas ever come to fruition(it's more of just the city's blueprint, with Metro and Sound Transit superseding them, I doubt any of their ideas will ever happen), The Center City 1(CC1) Corridor would have a streetcar(or BRT) running from Lower Queen Anne to Downtown using 1st Ave, which gets closer. The 16, 66, and 99 buses, the routes that serve Colman Dock, usually rate the standard 40ft bus, which could fill up fast. The way the transit tunnel was designed, does a disservice to this intermodal facility, as one has a choice of stations, University St or Pioneer Square. Pioneer Square Station has a route closer to the Foot Ferry dock, relatively flat, except the last block, and it's the side entrance(midway up the hill between 2nd and 3rd), that lands ont the North Mezzanine.