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Work begins on new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 09:49

Ian Sterling, WSF communications, 206-714-1556

Better transit access, seismic updates coming to busiest route for vehicle traffic

MUKILTEO – Tribal leaders and elected officials joined Washington State Ferries today to celebrate construction of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal.

The celebration represents a decade of planning and partnerships to deliver a project that respects tribal lands and artifacts, and provides critical safety improvements at the state’s busiest car ferry terminal. 

“This is a great day for commuters, businesses and visitors who rely on the Mukilteo ferry terminal every day,” said U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Investing in transportation infrastructure creates jobs and keeps our economy moving.

“This new terminal is a critical investment in the region’s mobility network and will build upon the work of the City of Mukilteo and other stakeholders to increase the public’s access to the waterfront.”

New ferry terminal

The Mukilteo/Clinton ferry route moves more than two million vehicles and nearly four million riders annually between Whidbey Island and the Seattle-Everett area. The current terminal received its last significant improvements in the early 1980s. WSF worked with stakeholders including the City of Mukilteo, the Port of Everett and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to develop the new site.

“This project is the culmination of years of work to replace an aging and seismically vulnerable terminal” said WSF Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton. “It’ll also make things easier for drivers and safer for people who walk on, all while freeing up Mukilteo’s waterfront.”

The new ferry terminal – located one-third mile east of the existing ferry dock – is designed to better withstand earthquakes. The new facility’s location near the Mukilteo Sounder Station will provide better access to transit and more space for vehicle holding than the current facility. The design also separates boarding for pedestrians and vehicles for safer, more efficient loading.

The $139 million budget for the Mukilteo Multimodal Terminal is comprised of a mix of federal and state funds. In 2016, Gov. Inslee and Washington State Legislature approved funding to complete the project as part of the Connecting Washington transportation funding package.

Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries 24 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. For breaking news and the latest information, follow WSF on Twitter.

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