Ferry project wins environmental recognition

Oct 02, 2013

The Federal Transit Administration recognized Washington State Ferries’ Mukilteo Multimodal Project for excellence in environmental documentation preparation on Sunday, Sept. 29, at an American Public Transportation Association meeting.

The final environmental impact statement for the Mukilteo Multimodal Project distinguished itself in a number of ways: It effectively communicated a complex project with visual information and plain language.

Multiple graphics and maps helped the reader understand the project, including the trade-offs among alternatives.

“I am proud of the accomplishments of the Mukilteo project team,” said David Moseley, WSDOT assistant secretary, ferries division. “Our successes are shared with our project partners and the communities of Mukilteo and Whidbey Island.”

To determine the winning projects, FTA used specific criteria, including:

• satisfied the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act

• designed to be useful to the public and decision makers

• effectively employed procedures to reduce paperwork and delay

WSF released the final EIS for the Mukilteo Multimodal Project in June 2013. The preferred alternative, known as a modified Elliot Point 2, relocates the ferry terminal one-third of a mile east of the existing terminal.

This fall, the FTA is expected to issue a record of decision, which completes the environmental review process and allows WSF to move forward with design and construction, once funding becomes available.

The Mukilteo-Clinton ferry route is the ferry system’s busiest route for vehicle traffic and has the second highest annual ridership.

The Mukilteo terminal has had no significant improvements since the early 1980s, and components of the facility are aging.

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 vehicles and pedestrians.

The new terminal is designed to improve operations, multimodal connections and safety.

For more information on the Mukilteo Multimodal Project, go to: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/ferries/mukilteoterminal/multimodal/

For more about the American Public Transportation Association, go to: www.apta.com/Pages/default.aspx

-Edited by Beacon staff

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