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Washington State Ferries weekly update
FTA approves plans to replace Mukilteo ferry terminal
The 60-year-old Mukilteo ferry terminal is one step closer to replacement. On Friday, Aug. 22, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) signed a Record of Decision allowing WSF to design and construct a new Mukilteo ferry terminal. Thank you to all of our project partners, consulting tribes, and the public for collaborating to reach this milestone. We’re looking forward to building a safe and efficient new terminal that opens the Mukilteo waterfront and improves multimodal connections. The first phase of construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2015. Visit the project website for more information.
Construction of third Olympic Class ferry moves forward
This week, we signed the Notice to Proceed document for construction of the third Olympic Class 144-car ferry. Work will begin late this year. Along with theTokitae and Samish, this vessel will replace the 1950s-era Evergreen State Class ferries, which are approaching the end of their service lives. The third, unnamed ferry will be constructed at Vigor Industrial by a consortium of Puget Sound shipbuilders and subcontractors and is expected to be complete in early 2017. Don’t forget to submit your ideas for the name of the newest ferry by Sept. 12 to the Washington State Transportation Commission.
Plan ahead for Seahawks opening game
On Thursday, Sept. 4, the Seahawks will take on the Green Bay Packers, kicking off the NFL regular season. We anticipate heavy ferry traffic as fans pour into the city for this two-day celebration, starting Wednesday, Sept. 3. Customers are advised to plan ahead and expect delays through downtown Seattle. We are preparing by adding terminal staff, enhancing security, and increasing communications with passengers. This involves sending more detailed travel alerts so customers can plan ahead. Make sure you are subscribed to our travel alerts to receive updates.
WSF made a top 10 list for best boat trips in the world!
The San Juan Island route ranked #5 among the 10 top boat trips to take around the world. The Herald Sun says, “Boasting a great variety of views, the Washington State Ferries from Anacortes, Washington, to the San Juan Islands are a great excursion for visitors to the Pacific Northwest.”
I am writing to acknowledge the excellent service I received today from Mr. Jared Fernley, WSF Web Agent. I placed a call to WSF at 7AM and reached Mr. Fernley who helped me with the payment process for a car pool pass. Mr. Fernley was informed, willing to make an extra effort to assist me, and throughout the process was extremely professional. I would appreciate your help in sharing with Mr. Fernley my appreciation for his efforts.
Faith [Jackson, Terminal Supervisor] at the Mukilteo ferry center was so helpful. I lost my wallet on the Ferry, and she was kind, personable, and helpful. I am constantly impressed by the Ferry staff, and she went above and beyond to help me out. I just wanted to say thank you!!
Captain [Stephan Erland] and his team turned around to help another boat in Bainbridge. They did an awesome job and I really appreciate the good work. They kept us informed. It was wonderful to see how skilled our driver is.
Labor Day weekend
Here’s to a safe and restful holiday weekend. If your plans call for ferry travel, remember to check our terminal conditions website for wait times and number of available vehicle spaces before heading out.