Input sought on Seattle ferry terminal plans

Ferry riders can learn about improvement plans for Colman Dock, Washington State Ferries’ flagship terminal in Seattle, and provide comment on the recently released environmental assessment for the project.

Washington State Ferries published the Colman Dock environmental assessment, which documents the proposed project’s effects on the environment, on April 14. The project includes replacing the main terminal building, sections of the dock, the passenger-only ferry facility operated by King County and portions of the north ferry slip.

“Seattle’s ferry terminal is aging and seismically deficient, and it needs major work to ensure this vital transportation facility continues operating into the future,” said David Moseley, head of the ferries division.

Colman Dock served more than 8.5 million riders — including 4.4 million foot passengers — in 2013, making it the busiest terminal in the ferry system. Officials said that while construction is not expected to begin until late 2015, publishing the environmental assessment is a chance for the public to see and comment on the project plans.

The official public comment period runs to May 12.

A public hearing is planned for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Puget Sound Regional Council Board Room, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, Seattle. A court reporter will be available during the hearing to accept verbal comments.

Ferry riders who want to learn more can talk to project staff onboard the ferry on the Bainbridge Island-Seattle route on the 5:30 p.m. sailing Wednesday, April 23 from Seattle.

Information sessions are also planned for 3:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Colman Dock, main terminal building; and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 at the Bainbridge Terminal Building. A full schedule can be found on the project website, as well as the environmental assessment.

Comments can also be submitted online.

The project website is at


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