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What’s on the Kitsap Transit agenda

February 14th, 2011 by ed friedrich

Kitsap Transit’s February meeting on Tuesday could be interesting. Staff will ask if they can pursue quotes for new worker-driver buses, accept a bid to remodel the passenger ferry Admiral Pete and design a boat just like it to use as a spare, to get going on designing and building a transit center in Silverdale to replace one at Kitsap Mall, and they’ll officially appreciate retiring county commissioner Steve Bauer for his work on the board.

The existing worker-driver buses, 1983 Gilligs, are antiques. All but five of the 34 have more than 1 million miles on them, topping out at 1,419,389. Kitsap Transit wants to replace them with newer, used 40-foot tour-bus-type coaches.

Transit got one bid for the Admiral Pete work, which staff any consultants have deemed acceptable. It’s for no more than $844,000 for the Pete and $70,000 for the design work.

The fun starts at 9:45 a.m. at the Norm Dicks Government Center council chambers.

2 Responses to “What’s on the Kitsap Transit agenda”

  1. Sharon OHara Says:

    A transit center in Silverdale makes sense, so does the passenger ferry plan and I’m for both.

    The part I don’t understand is the 40 foot big bus plan since maintainance costs usually far exceed the cost of buying a vehicle – I thought the bigger buses cost more to run.

    The comments I recall from Kitsap folks is that the buses don’t fill up and that we should go to smaller buses to keep the costs down and transport the same amount of people.

    Is that right? Why the bigger buses?
    Sharon O’Hara

  2. Skydancer Says:

    Regarding commuting: Often I use the Bremerton-Seattle ferry to go to Seattle for job interviews, and, to attend meetings for a professional organization I belong to that relates to my work. That is what I did yesterday, taking my car onto the ferry ($12.30 each way). I took the 9:05 p.m. ferry from Seattle back to Bremerton. If the Governor’s proposal to cut ferry runs after 9 p.m. is successful, that means I would have to drive around via the freeway and burning gasoline which is now $3.20 a gallon or more. My point is: we NEED our ferry runs after 9:00 p.m. No ifs, ands, or buts. When I work in Seattle, sometimes I am forced to come home late after 8:30 p.m. I am really concerned about transportation issues for our area.