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 Update Community Meeting

Presentation (October 26, 2019)

Kitsap Transit continues to work toward launching fast-ferry service between Southworth and Seattle in 2020, as envisioned in its fast-ferry business plan. There are multiple moving parts that must come together before the service can launch. Here is a status update on some key elements:

  • Vessels: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is under contract to design and build two 250-passenger bow loaders. One will be the primary vessel operating the Southworth/Seattle route; the other will serve the Kingston/Seattle route. Delivery is slated sometime in 2020.
  • Terminals: Kitsap Transit is exploring joint operation at the Southworth Terminal with Washington State Ferries, including facility improvements, coordination of vessel arrivals and departures, and management of passenger boarding and queuing. King County Metro has opened a new passenger-only ferry terminal at Pier 50 that can accommodate two vessels at the same time.
  • Schedules: Kitsap Transit is looking at options for a Southworth Fast Ferry schedule that will not adversely impact the existing ferry schedules of King County Water Taxi and Washington State Ferries. Kitsap Transit is also exploring how it can adjust its bus service to connect with a future Southworth Fast Ferry schedule.

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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