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Transit annual report makes for good reading?

July 11th, 2013 by ed friedrich

Kitsap Transit came out with its first ever annual report recently, for 2012. It didn’t have to. It’s not a transit agency requirement. It just did, after 30 years of being in business, to give the public a snapshot.
“We just want the community to understand what they own,” said executive director John Clauson. “I thought that was a good way to do it. We’re just trying to be far more transparent.”
I was afraid it was going to be pages of fine print and words I don’t understand. Quite the opposite. It’s everything you need to know about Kitsap Transit in 10 minutes, with colorful, easy-to-read graphics.
There’s the agency’s time line, what it accomplished in 2012 and intends to achieve this year, key players and interesting facts.
Did you know, for example, that October was the busiest month last year? May and March finished in a dead heat for second. What do they have in common? 31 days. But so do July and August, in the heart of the summer. I would have put my money on those being the most crowded.
Did you know … that Kitsap Transit had 3.9 million boardings last year. Nearly two-thirds of them were on routed buses, as you would imagine. What’s the next service you think of? To me it’s Access, but Access is way down the line in terms of number of passengers. Second is the Bremerton-Port Orchard foot ferry (437,846), followed by worker-driver buses (394,730). Even vanpools (251,029) have more riders than Access (210,926).
Did you know … that the agency traveled 4.9 million miles in 2012. That’s the equivalent of 20 round trips to the moon. OK, I stole that right out of the report. How’s this? It’s one-fifth of the way to Venus. If you look through a really powerful telescope, you can see a little bus stop there.
Did you know … That Kitsap Transit consumed 765,000 gallons of fuel last year? That would propel a typical electric car about 76 million miles, or a Bugatti Veyron 16-cylinder two-seater 7.6 million miles. But a Bugatti would be more fun. Do you guys think fast is better than slow?
Did you know … that fares made up 20 percent of the agency’s revenue in 2012. That’s not a huge percentage, but it’s a little more than I expected. Sales tax accounts for 74 percent, which is why the Great Recession left Kitsap and most every other transit agency a mess.
Did you know … Kitsap Transit brought in $35.9 million in revenue last year … and spent $35.9 million.

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