It seems to me that the Washington State Department of Transportation has not made a very good case for spending $140 million of our money on a new ferry terminal.
The justification seems to be two items: safety and convenience.
I can’t believe that the state should feel responsible to protect pedestrians attempting to cross the street in the face of oncoming traffic. Surely it is no different from crossing any other street. Common sense dictates whether it is safe to cross or not. And I am not aware of pedestrians getting hurt running the gauntlet.
As to the inconveniencing of other road users at the Mukilteo terminal, surely all of us can wait a minute or two until the traffic clears. We, and they, have been living with this system for years and it seems to work.
This vast amount of money would be better spent building two new ferries for the system, or failing that, building more schools and hiring more teachers.