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Date:  Monday, April 14, 2014

Contact: Joy Goldenberg, communications, 206-515-3411

SEATTLE – Ferry users and other interested persons are invited to 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.

WSF, in coordination with the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration, today, April 14, published the Colman Dock environmental assessment, which documents the proposed project’s effects on the environment. 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, WSDOT assistant secretary, 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 WSF system. While construction is not expected to begin until late 2015, publishing the environmental assessment is an opportunity for public review and comments on the project plans.

Customers and community members are invited to learn more at an April 28 public hearing and upcoming information sessions. The official public comment period runs from April 14 to May 12.

Public information and comment opportunities
The environmental assessment is available on the project website and comments can be submitted online or at one of the following events.

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

Talk to project staff onboard the ferry

  • Seattle/Bainbridge route: Wednesday, April 23 on the 5:30 p.m. sailing from Seattle
  • Seattle/Bremerton route: Thursday, April 24, on the 5:35 p.m. sailing from Seattle

Information sessions

  • Colman Dock – Main Terminal Building: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29
  • King County Water Taxi Waiting Area at Pier 50: 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1
  • Bainbridge Terminal Building: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 5
  • Bremerton Terminal Building: 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information

Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations by contacting Elizabeth Faulkner at FaulknE@consultant.wsdot.wa.gov or 206-931-0815. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact WSF through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

Title VI

WSDOT ensures full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by prohibiting discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin or sex in the provision of benefits and services resulting from its federally assisted programs and activities. For questions regarding WSDOT's Title VI Program, you may contact the Department's Title VI Coordinator at 360-705-7082.

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