Mukilteo ferry receives $4.7 million in federal funds

Jun 02, 2014

A project to relocate the Mukilteo ferry has garnered another $4.7 million.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has announced that Washington State Ferries will receive $4.7 million in federal funding to improve the ferry terminal in Mukilteo.

Murray said it will also receive grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to support ferry system improvements in Edmonds and Seattle. Edmonds will get roughly $2.3 million and Seattle will get $3 million.

"This critical funding for ferries in Washington state will help to maintain and modernize ferry facilities around the Puget Sound," Murray said. “I’m pleased we are making the necessary federal investments in our infrastructure to improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of the nation’s largest ferry system.”

The $4.7 will go toward the Mukilteo Multimodal Project, which includes moving the ferry terminal one-third of a mile east to the Tank Farm. A new terminal is estimated to cost $140.9 million.

So far, Washington State Ferries has secured $26.3 million and identified over $100 million more for the project.

Although WSF still has a funding gap, there are plans to demolish the Tank Farm pier starting this year. It will take about 18 months to remove.

Redevelopment plans for the 18.8 acres on the northern Mukilteo-Everett waterfront also include a transit station, parking garage and waterfront promenade, new NOAA facility and park memorializing the signing of the Elliot Point Treaty.

More information is available at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/ferries/mukilteoterminal/multimodal.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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