The Mukilteo/Clinton ferry route is Washington State DOT’s busiest for drive-on passengers, carrying 2.3 million vehicles and 4.2 million riders, respectively, each year. But it hadn’t been updated in several decades.
The new $187 million ferry terminal increases efficiency by loading pedestrians and vehicles simultaneously and improves access to transit by locating the ferry terminal closer to the Sounder commuter rail station and providing a bus transit center. The project also replaced a 63-year-old, seismically deficient terminal built on eroded timber piles with a safer, more efficient facility. Washington State DOT also worked with local tribes to feature “cultural motifs” and interpretive boards conveying tribal history within the terminal’s design.