Washington State Ferries is looking at options for upgrading or replacing the Mukilteo ferry terminal with one that provides better access to train and bus connections, and one possibility is moving the terminal from Mukilteo to either Everett or Edmonds.
You can learn more about the “multimodal ferry terminal” concepts that the ferry system is considering during public meetings this week. The one closest to Edmonds will be in Mukilteo Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 5-7 p.m. at Mukilteo City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way.
During the meeting and “public scoping” open house you can:
• Learn about the project purpose and need.
• Help “scope” out the issues to study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
• Review the concepts under consideration.
• Provide feedback.
For those who don’t want to travel to Mukilteo, the ferry system is hosting a “virtual open house” online on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m., during which time participants can review all meeting materials, view a live presentation and provide comments electronically. Register online for this meeting here.
Why is the ferry system considering improving or relocating the Mukilteo Terminal? According to information provided by WSF, the ferry route is part of State Route 525, the major transportation corridor connecting Whidbey Island to the Seattle-Everett metropolitan area. The ferry system’s second busiest route for vehicle traffic, SR 525 also has the third largest annual ridership, and future use is expected to increase by 73 percent by 2030.
“The Mukilteo terminal has not had significant improvements since the early 1980s and components of the facility are aging,” Washington State Ferries said. “The current terminal layout makes it difficult for passengers to get in and out of the terminal and contributes to traffic congestion, safety concerns and conflicts between vehicle and pedestrian traffic.”
By building a new terminal, the ferry system aims to improve operations and multimodal connections and accommodate future growth. Among the components that would be included:
- One operational ferry slip (with future option for two)
- New multi-bay transit area
- Pick-up/drop-off area
- Holding lanes with dedicated staging for bicycles, carpools and priority vehicles
Construction wouldn’t begin until 2015, with an estimated completion date of 2019.