Transit Meeting Overflowed

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 answers for.”

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 at.

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 stores.