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Bremerton, what does your foot ferry future look like?


Remember that sleek little ferry (pictured) that ran from Bremerton to Seattle for “research” in the summer of 2012? Well, Kitsap Transit still possesses that vessel, the Rich Passage 1. And it wants you to help figure out what should be done with it.

Kitsap Transit is writing a business plan for passenger ferry service and is seeking opinions from area residents. The survey’s short and sweet. Click here to fill it out.

The bottom line is that it’s going to cost money to run the 117-passenger vessel. But having that service would mean Seattle would be reachable in 35 minutes, rather than the current hour aboard the state ferry system.

Could Bremerton host the 2022 Winter Olympics?

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Could the Olympics come to Bremerton? Well, no. STEVE JOHNSON / KITSAP SUN RENDERING

With the conclusion of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, I am feeling energized. But I never imagined how jazzed I’d get when Elliot Smith, a dear Twitter friend from Bellingham, noted that Pyeongchang — site of the 2018 Winter Olympics — has around 44,000 people in it.

That, he said, would be like Bremerton — population 39,000 — hosting the Winter Olympics.

To which I replied: Why not Bremerton?

Like any sane person, I took the ball and ran with it. On Twitter, at any rate. “Let’s go for it!” I wrote, using what will become one of the great hashtags of our time: #BremertonOlympics2022

I even asked Bremerton native Bree Schaaf, bobsledder who competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, what she thought of the idea.

I like it!” Schaaf said to the idea on Twitter. “Gonna take some serious bake sales and spaghetti feeds to match Putin’s billiondy dollar games…” she added. 

Former Kitsap Sun Sports Editor Chuck Stark has already begun planning venues for the games. He suggested bobsled races down Burwell Street, curling aboard the Bremerton-Seattle ferry route and building an Olympic-sized hockey rink at the old East High School site.

Others weren’t so supportive of the idea. Shaun Guerrero told me via Twitter, “Bro just cause it’s legal doesn’t mean you should start so early,” referring to my early morning tweet — and an apparent drug problem he thinks I have. Rod, a.k.a. Torpedoman69, tried to divert the Bremerton 2022 campaign to Seabeck.

“I think Seabeck would be great for the Olympics,” Rod said, adding the Seabeck Conference Center would do well as the Olympic village.

None were so hurtful, however, as Kitsap Sun Sports Writer Annette Griffus, who tweeted simply: “No. Just no.”

When I responded to her that the Olympic fire had already been lit, she even threatened to play saboteur.

“I can douse it,” she tweeted.

But many were supportive, and I’m thankful for that.

“Can’t be worse than Sochi right?” Cooper tweeted.

Truth be told, I know Bremerton hasn’t a snowball’s chance. But just for fun, I asked Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, at the conclusion of a recent phone call, if the city could play host.

“I don’t think so,” she said.

But we discussed the very real possibility of Seattle hosting big sporting events like the Olympics. Bremerton would benefit economically, with its ferry link, she said. She also mentioned that the town ballooned during the 1962 World’s Fair.

“We would be well positioned,” for such an event, she added.

Not gonna happen, I’m afraid. STEVE JOHNSON / KITSAP SUN RENDERING

VIDEO: 12th man overwhelms Bremerton en route to parade



The Seahawks faithful bursted Bremerton at the seams this morning. Fans scrambled for parking, invaded local coffeehouses and formed the longest line for the Bremerton ferry to Seattle that anyone can remember. Over on the Seattle side, the Seahawks held their first Super Bowl champions parade ever.

The Bremerton ferries carried 7,981 people through its first six sailings of the day, according to the Washington State Ferries. Gotta be some kind of record. The Kaleetan packed in 2,000 people at capacity while the Chelan could only hold 1,076, as the two boats alternated the trek back and forth to Seattle.

The ferry system actually held cars back from the run to accommodate more walk-on passengers, my colleague Ed Friedrich told me.

The economic impact on downtown was palpable. For four hours, a line snaked through Fraiche Cup, the nearby coffee shop, with $550 in sales in one hour alone (between 8-9 a.m.).

“We’ve at least tripled our business for the day,” said Manager Amanda Boustead. “And the day’s not over yet.”

The coffee house had almost 500 purchases between 5 a.m. and noon, and went through 36 gallons of milk.

Here’s video of the Bremerton line. Were you there?