Marine is Mukilteo’s voice on waterfront | Letter

Oct 30, 2013

Editor, The Beacon:

I am in support of renovating Mukilteo’s waterfront and look forward to moving the ferry terminal. The land once taken over by ferry, which actually belongs to us, will be returned to us.

The Mukilteo-Clinton ferry route is part of SR-525, the major transportation corridor connecting Whidbey Island to the Seattle-Everett metropolitan area. It is WSF’s busiest route for vehicle traffic and has the second highest annual ridership. Future usage is expected to increase by 73 percent by 2030.

The Mukilteo terminal has not had 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 vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The new terminal will improve operations, multimodal connections and pedestrian safety.

At the table with the stakeholders, Marine has been leading with his strong voice, in Mukilteo citizen’s best interests, on how best to renovate the waterfront. Even Mel Shelton of the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors said, “Mukilteo has the best mayor ever!”

Mukilteo Sounder Transit Station is one of the stakeholders at the table.

Sounder commuter rail service started at Mukilteo Station in 2008, operating from a single platform on the north side of the tracks with interim parking and shelters for commuters.

The next phase of the project is underway and includes a second platform on the south side of the tracks, a pedestrian bridge over the tracks connecting the two platforms, permanent passenger shelters and public art.

It will be located adjacent to First Street and east of Mukilteo Speedway, along the existing rail tracks.

The mayor has brought your insights and voice to this table. He is working for you and ensuring that our needs are met. The relationships he has developed with them do us well, and I’m very thankful for his leadership.

Another one of the stakeholders at the table is National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration down on the waterfront, which has a building in serious need of replacement.

Research at Mukilteo, a field station for the unique Northwest Fisheries Science Center, focuses on understanding the life cycle of marine species, the impacts of ecosystem stressors on anadromous and marine fish and invertebrates.

We are so fortunate to have a mayor who works very well with the stakeholders, understands the complexity of what it means to be mayor and pursues the best interest of his constituents with compassion.

Thank you, Mayor Joe Marine. Here’s to another four years!

Sherry and John Grosso,

Mukilteo

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