Passenger-only ferry terminal now open in Seattle

The new terminal serves Kitsap fast ferry routes to Kingston and Bremerton

The long-awaited passenger-only ferry terminal at Colman Dock in Seattle opened last week.

The terminal serves Kitsap fast ferry routes to Kingston and Bremerton, and King County Water Taxi routes to Vashon Island and West Seattle. Fast ferry service is expected to expand to Southworth next year.

The $45 million project includes a new building and float for boats to dock. The Puget Sound Regional Council contributed $21.6 million in regionally managed Federal Transit Administration funds to the project. The new covered facility has more space and ADA features, including an elevator, tactile path and signs for the visually impaired, and an ADA assistance station.

During construction, crews removed more than 7,000 tons of creosote-treated timber piles and capped contaminated sediments, working to minimize impacts to marine mammals, project officials said. The project is part of a larger effort to renovate Colman Dock, which is expected to be completed by 2023.