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Why do we have a Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners and what does it do?
The Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers at the Norm Dicks Government Center at 345 6th Street, Bremerton. The Board holds a Study Session at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Board Meeting at 10:15 a.m.
The 10-member Board is comprised of nine elected officials and a non-voting member who represents the agency's labor unions, as required by state law.
The nine elected officials are:
- The three county commissioners
- The mayors of the incorporated cities in Kitsap County: Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo
- A member of the Bremerton City Council, as appointed by the City Council President
- An at-large member chosen by the Transit Board Chair from among city council members of all the three small cities, Bainbridge Island, Port Orchard and Poulsbo, who express an interest to the Board chair
- The nine elected officials serve Transit Board terms commensurate to the term of their elective office, except for the non-voting and at-large Board members; they serve for two-year terms.
The Board also has three active sub-committees: Finance & Personnel, Planning and Passenger-Only Ferry Sub-Committee. These are scheduled to meet the last Friday of every month at the main Kitsap Transit offices next to the Bremerton Transportation Center. Information on the sub-committees can be found by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.
The Transit Board is responsible for making and altering policies. In addition to considering operational topics ranging from large bus purchases to software upgrades, the board also deliberates on issues such as availability of routed or ACCESS services.
In terms of basic transit agency operations, unbudgeted items that will cost more than $50,000 must go to the Board for approval.
The Transit Board also considers items like:
- Changes in fares
- Federal and state grant applications
- Contracts for operating supplies like tires, filters and the printing of new route schedules
- Contracts with service providers, like Kitsap Harbor Tours which operates the Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry, and for professional services such as those from attorneys and engineers
- Land purchases and construction projects
- Going out to bid and later awarding contracts for activities such as rebuilding bus or van transmissions or auto body repair
Each month, the Board receives written monthly progress reports on agency finances, ridership and fuel costs. The Board also hears reports about upcoming/ongoing projects such as the Kitsap Transit's participation in the regional Smart Card or ORCA program, the results of customer service surveys in ACCESS or what is going on at the Legislature that affects Kitsap Transit. The Board also fulfills required duties like holding public hearings on required state reports like Kitsap Transit's Transit Development Plan or the required federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise plan.
Finally, the Board provides direction in making or changing policies about topics such as Routed and ACCESS service levels, employee compensation, the extent to which the agency allows the use of VanLink vanpools and what constitutes a prudent financial reserve.
All Board meetings are public and anyone may attend. You can read and download Board meeting agendas and materials at the links below.
If you have any questions about the Board, its sub-committees or the agency, please contact Kitsap Transit's Clerk of the Board, Jill Boltz, at 360-478-6230 or via email at email@example.com.