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New ‘front door’ to State Ferries’ flagship terminal opens tomorrow

Jun 07, 2023

SEATTLE ­– When Washington State Ferries opens its new Colman Dock entry building and elevated walkway tomorrow, walk-on passengers will be able to seamlessly connect to the ferry from Alaskan Way. Throughout six years of construction on the Colman Dock Project, WSF has maintained ferry service on two of its busiest routes, but passengers have been shifted around the facility to make way for construction.

Ferry riders will be able to finally enjoy the project as envisioned, with:

Work continues near Colman Dock on several elements, led by the city’s Seattle Waterfront office:

“Washington State Ferries is thrilled to welcome our passengers to the new entry building and elevated pedestrian connector,” said David Sowers, WSF’s director of terminal engineering. “Our flagship terminal on the waterfront is a gateway to Bremerton, Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. Our customers have shown patience and flexibility during six years of construction. Now they can experience the benefits, amenities and expansive views.”

Built in stages as the old terminal building was torn down, the new facility improves safety by meeting current seismic standards and provides more efficient passenger circulation and queuing. This video highlights some of the technology in the new facility.

The Colman Dock multimodal project connects to a regional bicycle path, King County Metro buses, fast ferries for King County and Kitsap Transit and Sound Transit’s light rail stations on Third Avenue.

Crews began construction work in 2017 to replace the seismically vulnerable terminal at Colman Dock. Since that time, the project has:

WSF, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries tens of millions of people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. For breaking news and the latest information, follow WSF on Twitter and Facebook.