With news, I mean.
There was a bunch of stuff I wanted to get in the story that ran
in today’s paper about Tuesday’s Kitsap Transit board meeting, but
there just wasn’t room for it. So here you have it.
There seems to be some misunderstanding or misinformation out
there about what exactly would be cut. Several people have
expressed concern about losing service, only to find out they
won’t. Particularly Access service.
Access changes are “really minor and don’t affect 99 percent of
the riders,” said executive director Dick Hayes. A lot of questions
were raised Tuesday, he said, “most of which we have excellent
Outlying areas from which ridership is moderately good might go
from three trips per two per day, he said. And places like Lofall,
where’s there’s nearly no ridership, could be knocked back to
service three days a week.
“We’re not proposing to cut everything out, but some people were
told we were cutting everything out,” Hayes said.
There is only one route that would be completely cut and not at
least partially picked up by another bus. That would be the No. 23
Kariotis route that goes down Sylvan to Pine, drops into Tracyton
and back to McWilliams and John Carlson roads. It carries a modest
11 passengers per hour, but runs just every other hour. Riders
claim there are a lot more people on the hill that could be picked
up, especially with many former Westpark residents moving there.
That’s one that the board will probably be taking a good look
Suzanne Chinick, a bus driver and union steward, presented
petitions with about 2,000 signatures to the board that urge it not
to cut service. They were gathered at the county fair and a couple