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SR 20 Spur - Anacortes Ferry Terminal Building and Overhead Loading Improvements

This project is in the planning stage.
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December 2013 

  • Learn more about the project by reading our fact sheet (pdf 160 kb).



WSF and FTA are designing a new ferry terminal building and overhead loading facility in Anacortes. The environmental review process for this project was reinitiated in 2011 after being on hold since 2008 due to lack of funding. The project will be analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Documented Categorical Exclusion (DCE). WSF also prepared a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist and Determination of Non-significance (DNS).

Why is WSDOT considering replacing the Anacortes Ferry Terminal?

The Anacortes Ferry Terminal serves four destinations in the San Juan Islands and an international route to Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. The terminal served more than 1.8 million riders in 2011 and future usage is expected to increase by 43 percent by 2030. During the peak summer months, ridership soars and customers often wait several hours for a sailing.

The Anacortes ferry terminal building is more than 50 years old and was originally planned for replacement in 1999. The terminal needs key repairs to improve efficiency and meet security and accessibility requirements. Congestion and vehicle and pedestrian conflicts near the terminal create safety concerns and affect on-time ferry performance.

The End Result

A new terminal facility that meets current code requirements for security and accessibility, adequately addresses current and future ridership demands, and revises the layout of the existing terminal to reduce conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians – improving current safety concerns and ferry delays.

Project Benefits

The new terminal would:

  • Improve ferry operations, including the efficiency with which vehicles and passengers can board and disembark
  • Improve safety for passengers
  • Offer better and safer access for pedestrians and bicycles, convenient transit connections for riders who travel without a car, and easier pick up/drop off facilities
  • Be designed and constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver criteria
  • Improve accessibility by providing a new overhead loading connection
  • Create a more comfortable and attractive waiting area

What is the project timeline?

  • 2011-2012 – Environmental Review
  • 2012-2013 – Design
  • 2013-2015 – Engineering and Construction

Financial Information

Funding for design and environmental review is provided by a $3.1 million FTA grant. Funding for construction has not yet been identified. Once the environmental review process is complete, this project is competitive for additional federal funds due to its improvement of mass transit connections and its boost to the local economy.

How can I get more information?
Hadley Rodero
WSF Communications Manager

Lei Lu
Senior Marine Engineer

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