|Locale||Kitsap County, Washington|
|Service type||Bus, foot ferry, vanpool, paratransit|
|Operator||Kitsap County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority|
Kitsap Transit is a public transit agency serving Kitsap County, Washington, part of the Seattle metropolitan area. The system is based in Bremerton and operates bus service on 40 fixed routes, a foot ferry, a vanpool system, worker-driver services, and dial-a-ride services.
Beginning in 1971, the city of Bremerton operated a municipal transit system that had been bought out from a private company.
A countywide public transportation benefit area (PTBA) was formed in 1978 to explore a transit system for Kitsap County as a whole. A 0.2 percent sales tax was put before voters in May of that year for a countywide system, but was rejected. A second attempt was put on the September 27, 1982 ballot, with a 0.3 percent sales tax and a limited PTBA serving Bremerton, Gorst, Port Orchard, Poulsbo and Silverdale. The PTBA was approved by 55.6 percent of voters, and service began in January 1983, taking over the Bremerton municipal system.
In 1992, Kitsap Transit became the first transit agency in the United States to install a traffic signal preemption system for bus priority, beginning with 40 buses and 42 traffic signals in a year-long trial of the "Opticom" system.
Kitsap Transit formed a public-private partnership with Kitsap Ferry Company to operate a passenger ferry service between Bremerton and Seattle in 2004, replacing a former Washington State Ferries passenger run that was suspended the previous year. The service was suspended in 2007, after voters rejected a sales tax increase to fund the ferry's rising fuel costs. Kitsap Transit is looking to revive the service, and will place a 0.3 percent sales tax on the November 2016 ballot to fund fast ferry service.
In 2008, Kitsap Transit purchased Horluck Transportation, the operators of a foot ferry from Bremerton to Port Orchard and Annapolis, for $1.52 million.
During a period of declining sales tax revenue following the Great Recession, Kitsap Transit made major service cuts to make up for a budget shortfall. Sunday and holiday service was discontinued in February 2009, low-performing routes were consolidated or eliminated later that year. Fares were raised twice to $2, and employees were laid off.
Kitsap Transit oversees the operations of these services:
- Routed bus service (40 routes; 120 buses)
- Foot ferry service (Bremerton to Port Orchard and Annapolis)
- ACCESS (Door-to-door/curb-to-curb service for elderly and disabled)
- Worker/Driver (21 commuter routes operating to and from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard/Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton; Drivers are full-time shipyard employees who are also part-time Kitsap Transit operators)
- TIP (Transit Incentive Program), a program for employees at federal work sites.
- SCOOT (Smart Commuter Option of Today), a commuter alternative program
In addition, Kitsap Transit also connects its routes to Jefferson Transit, Mason Transit Authority, Pierce Transit and the Washington State Ferries terminals in Bremerton, Bainbridge, Kingston and Southworth.
Kitsap Transit is overseen by a ten-member executive board composed of the three county commissioners, the mayor of Bremerton, a Bremerton City Council member, appointed representatives from the cities of Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Poulsbo, an at-large member from the three smaller cities, and a non-voting member representing the agency's labor unions.
|750–751||2003||Gillig||35' Low Floor|
|752–761||2004||Gillig||35' Low Floor|
|762–766||2005||Gillig||35' Low Floor|
|770–774||2004||Gillig||40' Low Floor|
|775–779||2005||Gillig||40' Low Floor|
|780–787||2016||Gillig||30' Low Floor|
|7000–7016||2010||Arboc||Spirit of Mobility SOM26D|
|7017–7025||2012||Arboc||Spirit of Mobility SOM26D|
- "Kitsap Transit Quarterly System Report: 4th Quarter, 2015" (PDF). Kitsap Transit. January 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 16, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
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- Garnick, Coral (August 5, 2016). "With a fast ferry on the ballot, commuting from Kitsap County may get easier". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
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- "First new heavy-duty transit buses in over a decade hit the road" (PDF) (Press release). Kitsap Transit. August 12, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2016.