Fast Ferry Program

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Southworth Fast Ferry

NEWS: Southworth Fast Ferry expected to launch in first quarter of 2021

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. 


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.

Seattle Fast-Ferry Terminal Siting Study

Kitsap Transit is exploring potential Seattle landing sites for existing and possible new Fast Ferry routes. This project is in an early stage. CLICK HERE to learn more.

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.

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