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

Construction update

Construction continues to shift into high gear this fall. We closed the 53-year-old terminal building for demolition, and all walk-on service and ticketing has moved into the first part of the new terminal building. There were no changes for people driving onto a ferry. 

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View photos and video of crews building your new Colman Dock.

The first section of the new terminal building is now open, including new elevators near the passenger-only ferry facility at Pier 50. There are no changes to the vehicle entrance

The first section of the new terminal building opened to the public on Sunday, Sept. 15. This new building and pedestrian bridge will remain in use until the project is complete in 2023. Walk-on passengers will get a new modern building, but because it's only part of the final structure, it will offer much less space. This first section of the terminal has limited capacity and 65 seats. Passengers should plan to arrive about 15 minutes before departure to avoid standing in line for long periods of time.

Walk-on customers have several options to enter and exit the new building:

  • The pedestrian bridge between Colman Dock and and First Ave at Marion Street.
  • Elevators and stairs at the southwest corner of the dock near the new passenger-only ferry dock at Pier 50.
  • Stairs on Alaskan Way near Columbia Street connecting the street to the terminal level.

Map of walk-on passenger changes starting fall 2019 until early 2023

What to expect in the smaller terminal building

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.

Map of interior of new portion of Colman Dock terminal building

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 pedestrian bridge

No change for vehicle access to the toll plaza

People who drive onto a ferry will continue to enter at South Jackson Street from northbound or southbound Alaskan Way. This configuration remains in effect until the project is complete in early 2023. The next change to vehicle exit routes is anticipated in summer 2021.

Construction noise, vibration and odor

Following the move into the new terminal building, the noisiest construction activity will be pile driving necessary to build the new dock and demolition of the existing terminal building. Pile-driving work will be limited to daylight hours, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., through mid-February. Other nighttime work activities may also be needed for demolition. Removal of creosote-coated timber piles can also cause vibration and odors. Our contractor will use best management practices to minimize these impacts. Terminal staff will have earplugs available for the public during this time.

Reasonable accommodation information

As a member of the public, you may request reasonable accommodation to access WSF activities, programs or services. Requests may include but are not limited to:

  • Sign language interpreters
  • Assisted listening devices
  • Printed materials in alternative formats
  • Ferry passenger access

To make a reasonable accommodation request, please contact Sarah Nagpal at or (206) 515-3437.  WSF attempts to accommodate all requests; however, we are better able to fulfill requests made with at least two weeks advance notice.