Washington State Ferries has decided that it will no longer consider moving the Mukilteo ferry terminal to Edmonds or Everett.
The ferry system announced in October that it was looking at options for upgrading or replacing the Mukilteo ferry terminal with one that provides better access to train and bus connections, and that one possibility would be moving the terminal from Mukilteo to either Everett or Edmonds.
“Scoping comments demonstrate overwhelming support for keeping the terminal in Mukilteo,” the ferry system said in its January 2011 Mukilteo Multimodal Project Scoping Report posted on the WSF website. “As a result, we are no longer considering sites in Edmonds or Everett.”
City of Edmonds officials made it clear during a public meeting with ferry officials on Oct. 27 that they had no interest in absorbing the aesthetic and economic impacts of an additional ferry run. In their comments, both Mayor Mike Cooper and Economic Development Director Stephen Clifton included a long list of potential impacts from the increased ferry and vehicle traffic that the 17 new Edmonds-Clinton ferry runs per day would bring. Additional congestion on Highway 104, air and water pollution, view interruptions and environmental lighting were just a few of the items mentioned,