Alternatives Analysis

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The study team would like to share updates on their progress, including the list of concepts being considered to improve waterfront access, next steps in the screening process, and the criteria to compare alternatives.  


With funding from the State, City and local partners the City of Edmonds has begun an analysis of alternatives to the at-grade rail crossings along the Edmonds waterfront at Main and Dayton Streets.  The analysis will be conducted by a team of consultants and is being guided and assisted by a 10-member Mayor’s Advisory Task Force and City staff.  This process, expected to last 14 to 18 months, will include a substantial component of public outreach and involvement.  This webpage will be a resource for the public and stakeholders to learn about the project, upcoming Advisory Task Force meetings and opportunities for public involvement, as well as information generated during the process.

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1992 Feasibility Analysis ~ Edmonds Ferry Terminal

The City of Edmonds has begun the process of analyzing alternatives that would resolve serious vehicular, pedestrian, and public safety issues and conflicts caused by at-grade railroad crossings located at Main and Dayton streets along the Edmonds waterfront. 

Growing volumes of train traffic block access to thousands of commuters, residents, employees, and visitors and prevent timely delivery of emergency services to the water side of BNSF tracks where, along with a State ferry terminal, we have:

  • the Senior Center,
  • the Marina with moorage for 894 boats, a nationally renowned salt-water dive park, and three separate waterfront parks,
  • several office buildings, three restaurants, two 4- to 5-story condominium buildings, and several single-family homes.

These waterfront developments are frequent users of paramedic, fire, and police services.

The ferry terminal is the last remaining location where ferry loading across at-grade train tracks takes place in the Washington State Ferry system. Currently, train passage completely halts ferry loading/unloading. Second busiest in the state, the Edmonds-Kingston run carries 4 million passengers annually and is the state’s top ferry freight route.

At present, about 40 trains go through Edmonds daily, shutting down access to the City’s waterfront for up to 2 hours/day, or even more if accidents or breakdowns occur. Train traffic could grow to 100 trains per day by 2030, which would shut down waterfront access for about 4 ½ hours in a 24-hour period. Action is needed now to address this eventuality.

After receipt of $500,000 from the State of Washington, as well as contributions from the Port of Edmonds, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Sound Transit, Community Transit, as well as City money, the City has been able to commence the Alternatives Analysis process that will roll out over the next 14-18 months. To help guide and lend expertise to the process, Mayor Earling has appointed a 10-member Advisory Task Force comprised of the following members:


  • Mike Nelson (Edmonds City Councilmember) and
  • Jim Orvis (Port of Edmonds).


  • Cadence Clyborne (Edmonds resident)
  • Lorena Eng (WSDOT)
  • Kirk Greiner (Edmonds resident)
  • Lynne Griffith (WSDOT – Ferries Division)
  • Phil Lovell (Edmonds resident)
  • Jodi Mitchell (Sound Transit)
  • Joy Munkers (Community Transit)
  • Rick Wagner (BNSF)
  • Joined by City of Edmonds staff members Rob English (City Engineer), and Patrick Doherty (Director of Economic Development and Community Services)

Over the ensuing months, with the professional work of a consultant team, guided by the Advisory Task Force and City staff, the City intends to study several alternatives that could address these at-grade crossing issues, which includes an emphasis on considering near-term approaches to provide emergency access as well. This process will include an ambitious, proactive effort to reach out to and engage the public.

This webpage will provide a schedule of Advisory Task Force meetings, meeting summaries, notices of public-involvement opportunities, and information produced during the alternatives analysis process.

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