FTA Approves WSF Ferry Terminal Plans

By George Backwell
Monday, September 01, 2014
Olympic-class ferry: Photo credit Vigor

In the latest Washington State Ferries Weekly Update, Capt. George A. Capacci, Interim Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division briefs as follows:

"FTA approves plans to replace Mukilteo ferry terminal

The 60-year-old Mukilteo ferry terminal is one step closer to replacement. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has 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

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 the Tokitae 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."

Source: Washington State Ferries Weekly Update

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