NEW Whidbey Island Main Base Facility
Whidbey Main Base Facilities Project Island Transit was awarded $17.92 million in FY11 State of Good Repair federal funds for our greatly anticipated new main base facilities project. The project facilities house all administrative, operations, and maintenance functions for both Whidbey and Camano Island.
The construction process started in April 2012
Island Transit moved into their new office facilities June 2013
We are in the last stages of construction as of December 2013
Click HERE to see the construction of our new facility! Pictures from the ground up!
Whidbey Main Base Facilities Project Synopsis
- Federal State of Good Repair Grant Awarded October 12, 2011!!!! Total amount awarded: $17,920,000. The total estimated project cost is $22.4 million.
- FTA requires facilities be designed to a minimum 20 year build-out to ensure future service demands are met.
- This facilities project provides the resources, technologies, and tools needed to meet growing regional transportation demands for the next 30 years and beyond.
- These new facilities will house administrative, operations, and maintenance functions for both Whidbey and Camano Island services:
o 37,748 SF fully-equipped Maintenance Facility with 12 service bays
o 5,737 SF Bus Wash & Fueling Facilities
o 15,520 SF Administration & Operation Facility, with public meeting space available
- This Project addresses existing challenges and brings our system into a State of Good Repair:
o Environmentally friendly, well-equipped facilities
o Appropriate office space
o Fire control systems to protect vital records and other resources
o Full integration of system wide surveillance systems and Intelligent Transportation
- A detailed benefit cost analysis supporting the need for this facilities project is available for review.
- The Project enables Island Transit to effectively meet the requirements of Lead Transportation Coordinator for Island County in an emergency or natural disaster.
- 660 people estimated to be employed during project construction, thus re-energizing businesses in our rural communities.
- The Project is located on 13.83 acres within the boundaries of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, a non-traditional unit of the National Parks System and the first of its kind in the nation.
- Island Transit is working in partnership with Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve (Ebey’s Reserve) on the Parker Road Realignment and Transit Park project and other projects, furthering the purposes of both partners by fostering an understanding and appreciation of the area’s unbroken cultural and historical integrity.
- This Project has come to fruition by establishing and maintaining productive partnerships with federal, state and county governments, Ebey’s Reserve, the National Park Service, the
Whidbey Camano Land Trust, and the Native Plant Stewards, as well as other private and public organizations and individuals.
- 7.5 of the 13.83 acres are under a restrictive easement as a result of the Private Lands Initiative of 2002, which allows the military to work with public and private organizations to establish compatible use buffer areas around active training and testing areas.
o This enabled a critical partnership between Island Transit, Plum Creek Timber Company, the US Navy, and the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, and allowed each partner to achieve their specific goals.
- A small portion of the Project property contains a remnant of the delicate prairie ecosystem (camas, chocolate lilies, etc.) in Smith Prairie. In partnership with the Native Plant Stewards we are ensuring remnants of the landscape the Native American tribes and first settlers saw on Whidbey Island are protected.
- The innovative building design of the Facilities complements the architectural and cultural goals of the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.
- The State-funded Parker Road project will provide secondary access/egress to the new main base facilities and for our neighbors Longview Timber, realign an unsafe intersection of SR 20, and create a transit park called Smith Landing.
- Smith Landing will have a bike and ride transit park, new bus pullouts, some vehicular parking, informational kiosks, paths, and viewpoints. This is also the Southern Gateway to Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.
- Island Transit operates regular Fixed Route, Specialized Paratransit, Route Deviation, and cross county regional connector services. In addition, we provide a Vanpool and Rideshare program.
o Our buses from Whidbey and Camano Islands connect to other modes of
transportation and providers through the regional, cross-jurisdictional services.
o We pioneered the Regional Tri-County Connector and Everett Connector partnerships
between Island, Whatcom and Skagit Transits.
o Our vanpools travel over the Greater Central Puget Sound Region to multiple
employment sites including, but not limited to Seattle, Bremerton, and Everett.
In 2010, our vanpools traveled 1,189,836 miles.
o Island Transit provides commuter services through our vanpool program, regional
connectors, and our direct connections with both the Clinton/Mukilteo and the
Coupeville/Port Townsend ferries.
o In 2008, 239,449 Mukilteo / Clinton ferry customers purchased transit passes,
89% of all the passes sold in the entire WSF system, which equates to a potential
of 7,422,919 annual trips not made with a single occupancy vehicle.
o According to WSF officials, if Island Transit was not here today and these same
commuters drove their own vehicle, WSF would have to add an additional 11.64
ferry runs on this route daily.