New ferry terminal opens in Mukilteo

VIDEO: New ferry terminal opens in Mukilteo

A brand new, state-of-the-art ferry terminal opened in Mukilteo on Tuesday after two decades of planning.

It’s the first time in 40 years that Washington State Ferries has unveiled a new terminal.

The terminal cost just over $187 million and was paid through federal and state funding.

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According to WSDOT, ferry traffic is expected to surge 25% in the next two decades. They say the goal with the new terminal is to keep passengers safe and happy for many years to come.

One of the biggest changes for passengers is the new boarding process. Unlike at the old terminal, there are now two lanes to board the ferry: one for walk-ons and one for drivers.

With faster boarding, there will likely be far fewer backups and traffic headaches than before.

The new terminal also has earthquake upgrades and connects to a new transit center.