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Renovated and updated ferry terminal officially open in Portland

PORTLAND (WGME) -- A renovated and updated ferry terminal is now officially open in Portland.

On Thursday, the Casco Bay Lines had its ribbon cutting ceremony for the facility.
 
CBS13 was at the ceremony and explains the changes on the waterfront.

Big glass windows and wide-open doorways are all brand new additions to the renovated Casco Bay Ferry Terminal.

This bright new facility has been in the works for about three years now and cost a total of $3 million.

It's been open for about a month but today Casco Bay Lines had its official grand opening.

Senator Susan Collins helped secure a federal grant to fund the project.

Sen. Collins says: From the vibrant Portland waterfront to the tranquil islands of Casco Bay this defines the very best of Maine.
 
The new terminal is double the size of the old faculty that was built more than 25 years ago.

The original terminal only accommodated about 500,000 passengers.

The renovated faculty will accommodate the one million visitors and 27,000 cars that board the boats every year.

Passengers CBS 13 spoke to on Thursday like the new improvements.

Tom Pomerleau, ferry passenger, says: "We like it! It seems very nice! First time down here so it seems very nice"

Barbara Woodruff, ferry passenger, says: "I love all the windows. So that you can see all around and what's happening and it's bright and cheery and the ticket booth is very convenient. So I love it here. It's great."

The project is not yet complete; phase two of renovations will improve older parts of the terminal and also improve the loading and drop off zones.