The in basket: Ron Mumford of Hansville said in an e-mail,
“Kitsap Transit is implementing a Saturday service schedule for
Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observation of Veteran’s Day.
“Being a veteran myself, I appreciate the acknowledgment of my
service to our country, but most companies do not observe Veteran’s
Day as a non-working holiday. Kitsap Transit’s decision to use
a Saturday service schedule leaves most commuters with no public
transportation alternative during the commute hours on a regular
suggested that if the Bremerton shipyard is closed then perhaps
curtailing service to that area might suffice.
The out basket: Ron also sent his complaint to the transit office,
and three others did as well. All got the following response from
Service Development Director John Clauson.
“The decision to reduce service on Veteran’s Day to the hours that
are normally run on Saturday is due to the economy and the savings
Kitsap Transit would experience, not only in direct service hours
but in the underlying costs as well(maintenance, supervisors,
“In looking at ridership numbers for Veteran’s Day in particular,
Kitsap Transit carried 8,834 people in 2008 on that day.
Ridership for a normal weekday in November was around 13,491.
As you can see, the ridership is 35 percent lower than a regular
”We then separated the morning commuter ridership numbers
out, and they came to 1,491. Assuming that 100 percent of these
riders returned in the evening, the commuter representation still
amounts to only a little more than 33 percent of the day’s
“When Kitsap Transit staff approached the public with budget
constraints and service reductions last winter, there were six
holidays on the list for elimination - Martin Luther King
Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, and
“Within that list there were ‘major’ and ‘minor’ holidays and the
public encouraged us to run at least some level of service on the
Discussions at community meetings and transit board meetings in
November and December led to board approval of retaining
Saturday-level of service on Martin Luther King Day, President’s
Day, and Veteran’s Day, he said.
“I appreciate the fact that these are holidays that are not
observed by everyone, and that there will be some needing to get to
and from work,” John wrote. “I also recognize that, though lack of
transit service would be an inconvenience, there typically would be
parking available at ferry terminals, etc. I apologize for
“Hopefully, as the economy begins to improve, we will be able to
financially go back to a higher level of service on these
days. As it stands now, however, this is the level we are
able to provide.”