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Speaking of Ferries Between Port Orchard and Bremerton

This in from intrepid transportation reporter Ed Friedrich:

“Kitsap Transit plans to grow its ferry operation between Bremerton, Port Orchard and Annapolis.

The agency’s board of commissioners gave it permission Tuesday to buy the ferry Admiral Pete and expand it to carry 115 passengers, up from its current capacity of 82. The boat, owned and operated by Kitsap Harbor Tours and leased by Kitsap Transit, is the route’s workhorse. The ferry, which often nears capacity during peak-time sailings, would be extended 15 feet to carry at least 30 more passengers. …

Kitsap Transit’s Bremerton-Port Orchard ferry ridership grew 12 percent in the past year, from 477,000 boardings to 524,000, Clauson said. It is quicker for passengers and less expensive for the agency than buses. It would take three or four buses to carry a ferry load of people, 10 to 12 buses to match the frequent departure times and the ride times would be much longer, Clauson said.”

Do you ride the foot ferry regularly? Occasionally? How important is the ferry to you? Has that changed because of the recession?

Chamber/City Fight Cutback in Foot Ferry Service

The Port Orchard City Council at its Feb. 17 work study meeting will discuss upcoming cutbacks in the Kitsap Transit “foot ferry” service between Port Orchard and Bremerton. Sunday service will be eliminated after Feb. 8. In addition, the 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening round-trips are being eliminated. In addition, the 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening round-trips are being eliminated beginning Feb. 21.

According to Coreen Johnson, director of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, a number of groups interested in maintaining the connection between the two towns want to “float” alternatives to the cutback routes by Kitsap Transit officials.

The Kitsap Sun’s transportation reporter Ed Friedrich will be writing about the foot ferry cutbacks shortly. Stay tuned.

Here is the press release forwarded from Kitsap Transit:

Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry
Sunday Service Eliminated & Saturday Evening Trips Cut
Effective February 15, 2009
At a December 15, 2008 meeting, Kitsap Transit’s Board of Commissioners approved service reductions to respond to a shortfall in the sales tax revenues that make up the majority of Kitsap Transit’s operations budget.
Sunday service will be eliminated on all Kitsap Transit buses and the Foot Ferry.  This includes Sunday service on the Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry operating between Port Orchard and Bremerton.  The last day Sunday service will operate is Sunday, February 8.
In addition, the 8:00pm and 8:30pm Saturday evening round-trips are being eliminated.  Starting Saturday, February 21 the last foot ferry departing Port Orchard on Saturdays will be at 7:30pm.  The last foot ferry departing Bremerton on Saturdays will be at 7:45pm.