Park-and-Ride Coming to Orcas Village Ferry Terminal

County-LogoSan Juan County Public Works (SJCPW) has been awarded a $760,000 grant by Washington State Department of Transportation which will be used to provide safe parking for Orcas Island ferry users.

The funds will go toward designing and constructing a park-and-ride facility; the first of its kind for San Juan County. An overwhelming need exists to eliminate the unsafe parking along Orcas Road that has historically occurred. As a remedy for the problem, a plan for a park-and-ride at this Washington State Ferries owned location, has been in the works for several years.

The intent of the project is to create an 80-100 stall parking area with reliable short and long-term parking solutions. In addition to providing safer and longer duration parking, the new Orcas Village Park-and-Ride will:

  • Discourage single occupancy vehicle ridership on the ferries and freeways
  • Improve traffic circulation in Orcas Village
  • Expand handicapped parking in the current 72 hour parking area at the ferry terminal
  • Preserve the natural beauty of Orcas Village
  • Accommodate electric vehicle charging needs

This Spring, utilizing the public process, SJCPW expects to incorporate citizen input into the design. The public process will include an online survey polling platform; another first for SJCPW.

To participate in the survey, please follow the link:

Or visit the current projects page of the San Juan County Public Works Webpage for a link to the survey.

The design of the park-and-ride will be performed by Public Works staff and aims to use innovative, context sensitive design principles. SJCPW aspires to have the park-and-ride open for use in the spring of 2017.

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm by

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