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About Us

Kitsap Transit has been operating friendly, convenient public transit since 1983. We pride ourselves on providing a reliable service to Kitsap County’s commuter base and a sustainable, green travel option for the environmentally conscious.  Whether you’re catching a bus for work or taking a scenic ferry trip, we strive to create enjoyable experiences for our riders. Specialized services are available for commuters and for qualified elderly and disabled riders. 

Our Mission

Provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation choices that enhance the quality of life in Kitsap County.

Our Vision

Kitsap Transit leads the delivery of a quality, coordinated and sustainable transportation network to serve the changing needs of Kitsap County residents.

Our Goals - 2018

Bus Service Planning/Improvements

  1. Adopt Comprehensive Route Analysis recommendations
    1. Public outreach and education
    2. Phase in implementation
  2. On-going recuitment for drivers
    1. Continue to recruit for drivers to support current operations
    2. Phase in additional driver recruitment to coincide with phased-in service
  3. Wheaton Way Transit Center under construction

Passenger-only ferry projects

  1. Complete construction of hybrid ferry for the Port Orchard/Bremerton operation
  2. Annapolis Ferry Dock Upgrade Project under construction
  3. Second RP-Class vessel under construction
  4. Begin Kingston service Summer 2018
  5. Begin construction of bow-loading vessel

Environmental Sustainability

  1. Convert all buses and/or fleet vehicles to bio-diesel
  2. Perform pilot test of full-size electric transit bus

Administration

  1. Maintain full staffing, with zero open positions and on-going operator recruitement

Quarterly System Report

Kitsap Transit prepares a quarterly report of system ridership and fares.  Click here for the most recent quarterly report.

Funding

Kitsap Transit is owned by the citizens of Kitsap County. For information on the agency's revenues and expenditures, click here.

Our History

Kitsap Transit is a Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (PTBAA) established by public vote in 1982. Kitsap Transit's initial mission was to provide public transportation services in the greater Bremerton and Port Orchard areas. Since then, Kitsap Transit has expanded through a number of annexations to cover the entire county.

Transit in Kitsap County prospered in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, particularly with the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a primary naval port. The county's economy declined between the1950s and 70s, mirroring the ups and downs seen on a national level.

In 1982, voters formed the new public transportation authority and authorized 0.3 percent of sales tax funding to support it. The system carried around 600,000 riders yearly. Today, Kitsap Transit transports more than 3.5 million riders a year, backed by a sales tax of 0.8 percent for transit and 0.3 percent sales tax for passenger-only ferries.

The agency offers a robust, multi-program system which:

  • Operates routed buses, both regular full-day service countywide and custom rush-hour service for ferry commuters.
  • Operates ACCESS services for people who are frail, elderly and disabled throughout most of the county.
  • Operates a rideshare program composed of Worker/Driver buses, vanpools, SCOOT cars and participation in a Regional Ridematch Program.
  • Manages a park & ride lot system with more than 2,500 spaces.
  • Operates local passenger-only ferries, between Bremerton, Port Orchard and Annapolis, as well as a cross-sound passenger-only ferry between Bremerton and Seattle. Additional cross-sound fast ferries are planned between Kingston and Seattle (2018) and Southworth and Seattle (2020).
  • Carries out transit-oriented developments to produce the best and highest transit use of real property.
  • Contributes to the smart growth development of Kitsap County, especially in urban areas.

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Offices

60 Washington Avenue, Suite 200, Bremerton, WA 98337 Visit our office Phone: (360) 373-2877 or 1-800-501-RIDE