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Gearing up for summer construction at Colman Dock

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 07:00

Broch Bender, WSF communications, 206-305-5516

More changes to terminal building, new toll plaza entrance for vehicles

SEATTLE – People walking and driving onto a ferry in Seattle will have their routine changed this spring and summer as construction heats up on Colman Dock. The indoor waiting area will be for ticketed passengers only and the vehicle entrance moves six blocks south in early summer.

The changes inside and outside of the terminal building allows contractor crews working for Washington State Ferries to replace sections of dock currently used to hold vehicles waiting for ferries, and begin partial demolition of the terminal building. The existing ferry terminal remains open and operational to the public throughout construction.

A few more changes for walk-on passengers

Earlier this year, crews reduced the interior of the terminal building by half and created one waiting area for both Bremerton and Bainbridge Island departures. Starting in early May through mid-2019, customers should expect the following additional changes inside the building:

  • New waiting area, more turnstiles: Bainbridge Island and Bremerton combined waiting area moves to the southwest corner, with two more standard turnstiles for a total of 10, plus two accessible paddle gates and one manual gate. The new waiting area will be designated for ticketed passengers only. Public restrooms will remain available to all.
  • New ticket window location: Ticket sales window and ticket kiosks move closer to the terminal passenger entry doors, across from Puget Sound Provisions. The new location helps maximize space in the terminal by separating people waiting in line to purchase ferry fares from the ticketed-only passenger waiting area.
  • Expect indoor crowds: Less public space brings more crowding during the afternoon commute and large sports events. Customers can avoid crowds by pre-purchasing their return tickets, and arriving at the terminal no more than 15 minutes before departure.

There will be no changes to how pedestrians enter or exit the terminal building, and the existing Marion Street pedestrian bridge to First Avenue remains in place until mid-2019.

Changes this summer for people who drive onto the ferry

While there are no shifts to vehicle access now, starting in early summer, the entrance to the toll plaza access lanes for drivers moves six blocks south from Madison Street/Alaskan Way to S. Jackson Street/Alaskan Way. Drivers who are dropping off or picking up passengers at the loading zone in front of the terminal building will continue to use the Madison Street entrance. View a map (760 kb pdf) of the new entrance location.

Colman Dock is Washington State’s largest ferry terminal and supports transportation across Puget Sound between downtown Seattle and communities in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula. More than 9 million people use the terminal each year, but it is aging, and vulnerable to earthquake damage. Construction to replace the terminal began in August 2017 and will continue until 2023.

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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