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Fast Ferry FAQs

 

Q: How do I pay to ride the Fast Ferry?

A: You pay for your ride when you board the vessel: Tap an ORCA card pre-loaded with E-Purse, Kitsap Fast Ferries monthly pass, Puget Pass, or employer-issued ORCA cards. You may also put exact cash fare in the farebox. Passengers also can present a ticket they purchase from a vending machine located at the ferry dock. The vending machine accepts debit and credit cards (VISA or Mastercard). 

Q: What does it cost to ride the Fast Ferry?

A: A single-ride fare is $2 eastbound (to Seattle) and $10 westbound (from Seattle). The price of a monthly fast-ferry pass is $168, while a monthly combined bus/fast-ferry pass is $196. Seniors, disabled, youth and low-income who show a current reduced-fare permit pay half price.

Q: Do you accept transfers from Kitsap Transit buses or the local foot ferries?

A: Transfer credits apply only when ORCA e-purse is used for payment.

Q: Is the Bremerton-Seattle schedule going to change or stay the same all year?

A: In the summer, Kitsap Fast Ferries will run during peak commute hours Monday through Friday and throughout the day on Saturday. Starting on Oct. 1, Kitsap Fast Ferries will be commuter service only until May 1 of the following year. 

Q: Do you accept the ORCA card?

A: Yes, Kitsap Transit accepts ORCA cards.

Q: How many bicycles does the fast ferry accommodate?

A: Bicycles are welcome aboard on a first-come first-served basis. Crews will direct passengers on secure placement of their bikes in one of the exterior racks.

Bremerton Fast Ferry: The current design holds 12 bike (each space with inside openings of 2.25"). The curent rack design makes it impossible to safely secure bikes with fenders, disc brakes, or balloon tires.

Bicycles that do not fit safely in the bike rack will not be allowed on the vessel. If you would like to test the bike rack and see if your bicycle fits, you may do so using the bike testing rack located on the Bremerton Dock gangway. Chaining your bicycle to the rail of the vessel is prohibited. 

Q: Can I pay my fare with Washington State Ferries (WSF) fare products?

A: Kitsap Transit does not accept WSF fare products.

Q: Can I bring a pet aboard?

A: Service animals are eligible to ride all Kitsap Transit buses and vessels. Passengers traveling with a service animal are responsible for the animal and may be held liable for the behavior and actions of the animal. Pets and service animals, regardless of training or certification, may be denied transportation if the animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. Small pets traveling with their owners are also allowed. However, your pet must be in a suitable carrier and may not exceed 25 pounds.

Q: Is the Fast Ferry wheelchair accessible?

A: Yes. There are elevators available to access the docks and a ramp to board the vessel. At the dock there is a ramp to board the fast ferry. The vessel can accommodate up to four mobility devices*.

*Mobility Devices are defined by the ADA as "a manually-operated or power-driven device designed primarily for use by an individual with a mobility disability for the main purpose of indoor and outdoor locomotion." Other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMDs) will NOT be allowed aboard the passenger only Rich Passage 1 to maintain the safety of all passengers and crew members. OPDMDs (i.e,  ATVs, Segways, mopeds, scooters, golf carts) infringe upon safe operation due to strict weight limits enacted and enforced by the United States Coast Guard, the high volume of pedestrian traffic, the design and operational characteristics of the vessel (there is no available storage to secure such devices), and the substantial risk posed by combustion-engines containing flammable liquid fuel that is a marine pollutant.

Q: Are strollers allowed on board the Fast Ferry?

A: Yes! The crew can easily accommodate strollers on board.

Q: Can I bring an electric bicycle aboard?

A: No, electric bicycles are not permitted on the Rich Passage 1 because they introduce uncertainty to the weight ratios within which the vessel needs to operate.

Q: Where are the schedules for the fast ferries sailing from Southworth to Seattle?

A: Schedules will be developed once Kitsap Transit is closer to launch of this route. Fast-ferry service is slated to begin in 2020 for Southworth.

Q: What is the seating capacity of your Fast Ferry?

A: On the Bremerton route, Rich Passage 1, Lady Swift and Reliance each seats 118 passengers. On the Kingston route, Finest operates with a capacity of 240 passengers. 

Q: If I buy a fast-ferry ticket and cannot get a seat, will Washington State Ferries honor my ticket?

A: No. However, If Kitsap Transit’s vessel is not able to sail due to mechanical breakdown, Kitsap Transit will provide its monthly passholders with tickets on the next available WSF sailing. Single-ride tickets on Kitsap Transit’s fast ferry are valid through the expiration date on the ticket.

Q: Does the Fast Ferry carry automobiles?

A: No, the service transports passengers only, not automobiles. 

Q: Why is there no service on Sundays?

A: Just like Kitsap Transit’s buses, Kitsap Fast Ferries do not run on Sundays. We are currently reviewing bus ridership and evaluating the pros and cons of Sunday bus service.

 

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