Fast Ferry Program

Performance Indicators  

The Performance Indicators dashboard, which will be updated monthly, provides a statistical snapshot of the fast-ferry program in the Overview tab and sailing-by-sailing details on the Bremerton and Kingston tabs. The dashboard answers common questions like these:

  • How many riders use the service? Is ridership growing?
  • What percentage of scheduled sailings are completed instead of being cancelled?
  • How often does the fast-ferry service depart on time?
  • How full is each sailing? How does it vary by direction or time of day?

The dashboard is an evolving product. Kitsap Transit welcomes feedback from users on ways to make it more relevant and insightful. Send feedback to Sanjay Bhatt, Public Information Officer, at sanjayb@kitsaptransit.com.

Rich Passage Beach Monitoring 

Briefing for Property Owners (Jan 29-30, 2020)

The Rich Passage Wake Research project was designed to investigate the feasibility of fast-ferry service through Rich Passage.  Conducted over more than a decade and a half, the study involved extensive data collection, computerized wave and wake modeling, development and testing of a prototype low-wake vessel and ongoing monitoring of the effects of fast-ferry operations on the shorelines of Rich Passage. The research project has collected periodic measurements of beaches before and during operation of the low-wake optimized vessels. In January 2020 Kitsap Transit and its research project leader met with Rich Passage property owners to discuss the results of measurements taken between 2004 and 2019.

Southworth Fast Ferry

Kitsap Transit plans to launch fast-ferry service on the Southworth-Seattle route, a project that has several key elements:

  • construction of two 250-passenger bow-loading vessels, testing and crew training on the vessels
  • protocols with Washington State Ferries for use of Southworth Ferry Terminal dock and location and timing of bus pickups/dropoffs
  • development of additional bus service to support new fast-ferry service and reduce vehicle congestion at Southworth Ferry Terminal
  • protocols with King County Marine division for use of Seattle passenger-only ferry terminal dock
  • identification of alternative landing locations on the Seattle waterfront given existing congestion
  • long-term planning with Washington State Ferries on the potential for a second ferry slip at Southworth that will improve service reliability and allow for schedules that meet riders' preferences.

On September 18, 2020, the M/V Enetai was delivered to Kitsap Transit. The photo at right shows the bow-loader moored at the Bremerton passenger-only ferry docks. Following further testing of the vessel, Kitsap Transit's ferry crews will train on Enetai and conduct drills to prepare for passenger service.

A second bow-loader, the M/V Commander, is under construction and behind schedule due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time it is unclear when the second vessel will be delivered. Kitsap Transit plans to field a follow-up community survey on the question of launching the Southworth route initially without a spare vessel. 


M/V Enetai Fit Test at Southworth Dock (August 21, 2020)

Pre-Launch Survey Results (May 11, 2020)

Community Meeting Presentation (October 26, 2019)

To stay up to date on the Southworth Fast Ferry, subscribe to our Southworth Fast Ferry e-mail list via our GovDelivery service - CLICK HERE.

Community Meeting: Bremerton Fast Ferry Update

On May 11, Kitsap Transit held a community meeting to offer an update on additional fast ferries for the Bremerton/Seattle route and the agency's reservations system. Below is a summary of the meeting along with related documents. Kitsap Transit will provide updates as it makes improvements. Effective May 17, the reservation system will allow last-minute booking and cancellation of reservations. Click here for details.

Meeting Summary

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