Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock Project - What to expect during construction

July construction update

The inside of the passenger terminal building is much smaller due to construction. If you are walking onto the ferry, you can avoid waiting in large crowds by arriving 5 or 10 minutes before your sailing.

    Driving on to the ferry? Entrance has moved to S. Jackson Street and Alaskan Way South

    This map shows how drivers access the designated passenger drop-off and pick-up area, also called the load zone, in front of the Seattle ferry terminal building this summer. / How to get to the designated passenger pick-up and drop-off area (load zone) in

    Drivers enter the new drive-on only lanes from westbound South Jackson Street and Alaskan Way South. This entrance is for vehicles driving onto the ferry only and replaces the former drive-on entrance at Madison Street. 

    • There are no changes to passenger load zones or pedestrian and bicycle entrances.     
    • All vehicles, including medical priority, motorcycles and vanpools, use the S. Jackson St. entrance.
    • No changes for walk-ons or bicycles.
    • Marion Street pedestrian bridge remains open
    • Colman Dock exits remain at Yesler Way and Marion Street

    Queuing exceptions for medical priority, vanpools and motorcycles 

    All drive-on customers use the same entrance and queuing lanes at South Jackson Street. During busy times, terminal attendants will direct emergency vehicles and customers with medical priority loading status, as well as registered vanpools and motorcycles to bypass the general queuing lane.

    Dropping off or picking up passengers at the dock? Enter at Madison Street and Alaskan Way

    The entrance for ride-share and for-hire vehicles, as well as anyone who is dropping off or picking up passengers at the terminal is at Madison Street and exit at Yesler Way. 

    • The passenger loading zone remains in front of the main terminal building entrance on Alaskan Way between Madison and Columbia streets.

      

    Tips for driving onto the ferry at Colman Dock:

    • There is a lot of congestion along the busy Seattle waterfront. Check traffic conditions before leaving, and be prepared to add up to 30 minutes of additional travel time to get to the dock. You can get information about current conditions on the Seattle/Bainbridge Island and Seattle/Bremerton routes on Twitter (@WSFerries) or, sign up for route alerts by email or text.. 
    • Take an off-peak sailing. Fewer people drive onto a ferry before 3 p.m. or after 7 p.m. 
    • Use northbound or southbound Alaskan Way S. to access the new S. Jackson Street entrance. There will be a traffic signal at the intersection. 

      

    Inside layout of the Seattle ferry terminal building at Colman Dock

    The passenger terminal building is now much smaller as crews rebuild the dock below and the new building itself. The smaller configuration remains in place from May 2018 through mid-2019.  

      Inside layout of Seattle ferry terminal at Colman Dock. This layout shows the building entrance at Alaskan Way. The ticket window is located at the top of the main ramp from Alaskan Way entrance. The waiting area for Bainbridge and Bremerton is in the sou

        

      Tips for walk-ons:

      • Even if there is a long line inside the passenger terminal building, you do not need to arrive very early to ensure a seat aboard the ferry. Arriving five or ten minutes before your sailing is sufficient. 
      • Check VesselWatch to see if your boat is on time, consider buying your ticket online in advance. 
      • There is plenty of room on the Bremerton and Bainbridge Island ferries to accomodate between 1500 and 2500 passengers. 
      • The only time we approach full walk-on capacity is during major events such as a sports team playoff or series championship games. 

      Terminal space is limited during construction through early 2023

      March 2018 through Mid- 2019 

      The passenger terminal building remains open, but it is much smaller and has fewer amenities. A smaller terminal building allows crews enough room to work as safely and efficiently as possible while we maintain full ferry service. Outdoor pile driving on the dock occurs  from August 1, 2018 through mid-February 2019. The passenger-only ferry dock, servicing the King County Water Taxi and the Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry, opens to the public in late fall 2018 or early winter 2019. 

      The passenger terminal building remains open, but it is much smaller and has fewer amenities. A smaller terminal building allows crews enough room to work as safely and efficiently as possible while we maintain full ferry service. Outdoor pile driving on the dock occurs  from Aug. 1, 2018 through mid-February 2019. The passenger-only ferry dock, servicing the King County Water Taxi and the Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry, opens to the public in late fall 2018.

      The smaller terminal building maintains:

      • Ticket sales
      • ADA accessible restrooms 
      • Some seating
      • Limited food options
      • Information booth
      • Visual paging services
      • Full ferry service with no cuts to the number of sailings
      • Pedestrian connections to Alaskan Way and the Marion Street Bridge 

      Primary construction activities:

      • Building the new passenger-only ferry dock for the King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry
      • Building the first section of the new main passenger terminal building.

      Mid-2019 until project completion in 2023

      The entire former terminal building is demolished. Full ferry service to and from Bainbridge Island and Bremerton continues to operate out of the southern half of the new terminal building. Elevated walkways connect to the King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry passenger-only ferry dock and to Alaskan Way and the Marion Street Bridge.

      The entire former terminal building is demolished. Full ferry service to and from Bainbridge Island and Bremerton continues to operate out of the southern half of the new terminal building. Elevated walkways connect to the King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Transit Fast Ferry passenger-only ferry dock and to Alaskan Way and the Marion Street Bridge.