Why is WSF replacing the Fauntleroy terminal?
The Fauntleroy ferry terminal was built in the 1950s and needs (PDF 379KB) substantial work to preserve the terminal and maintain safe and reliable ferry service. The terminal currently faces several challenges:
- Rising sea levels – debris from high tides, rising sea levels and increasing intensity and frequency of storms could damage the structure.
- Parts of the terminal are aging and overdue for replacement – the terminal’s main structural elements are at or approaching the end of their service life.
- Seismically vulnerable – the terminal does not meet current seismic or structural design standards.
- Operational challenges – the terminal only holds enough dock space for 80 cars, making it challenging to process vehicles and load ferries.
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The purpose of this project is to preserve and upgrade the terminal and provide operational efficiencies to maintain safe, reliable and efficient service on SR 160 between Fauntleroy, Vashon Island and Southworth terminals consistent with WSF’s 2040 Long Range Plan. WSF plans to meet the project purpose by:
- Replacing aging terminal structures to meet current seismic, storm and tsunami design standards.
- Raising the elevation of the terminal to accommodate future sea level rise and increasing frequency and intensity of storms.
- Providing operational efficiencies that support reliable service while meeting service levels projected in the Long Range Plan.
- Providing efficient and safe loading and fare processing for pedestrians, vehicles and bicycles.
- Improving multimodal connectivity and providing investments in technology that enhance the customer experience and accommodate ridership growth, consistent with the Long Range Plan.