Passenger-Only Ferry Plan

Passenger-Only Ferry Plan

Kitsap Transit is finalizing a business plan and long-range strategy for passenger-only ferry (POF) service between Kitsap County and downtown Seattle.  As part of the process, two online surveys were conducted to better understand community priorities and interest in POF service.  Feedback from the surveys helped guide the business plan, including recommendations for routes, service priorities and fare programs.  Kitsap Transit's Board of Commissioners received a presentation on the plan on September 26, 2014.  Check back for the full report. 

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Developing the Plan

  • In June 2014, nearly 1,300 Kitsap residents completed the first of two online surveys to better understand interest in passenger-only ferry service.  Almost two-thirds of survey respondents ride the ferries one to five or more days a week, and many respondents strongly agreed that a 35-minute or less trip and a passenger-only ferry service is important for access to jobs.
  • A second survey, conducted in September 2014 and focused on gathering feedback on schedules, fares and funding.  Nearly 1,000 Kitsap residents participated.

  • At meetings throughout the summer the Transit Board Passenger-Only Ferry Subcommittee heard findings on the elements of the plan including ridership, terminals, vessels, service schedules and operations, service implementation and the costs of implementing and operating the proposed service. Key themes from interviews with Kitsap County community leaders were also discussed.

  • In late September, the Passenger-Only Ferry business plan and long range strategy was presented to the Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners.

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