Daily Archives: September 9, 2008

BI schools struggling with overloaded buses

The Bainbridge Island School District is today attempting to fix problems with overloading on school buses.

I’m still waiting to discuss the issue with the district, but spokeswoman Pam Keyes explained in an email today that “the increased number of students on the secondary level runs is historically unprecedented and therefore unexpected.”

The district has recently consolidated some bus stops to save money on rising transportation costs. Changes in locations and schedules, and the unexpected crowding has frustrated some parents.

I’ll post a story when I learn more. In the meantime, I’d like to hear parents’ experiences. How has busing worked for your family so far this school year?

Prototype ferry still causing too much wake on island beaches

Kitsap Transit is going back to the drawing board to produce a ferry that both gives Bremertonians a 30-minute link to Seattle and satisfies Bainbridge Islanders who sued over the wake earlier fast ferries were kicking up.

Read Kitsap Sun transportation reporter Ed Friedrich’s story below.

Research Passenger Ferry to Be Scaled Back for Wake’s Sake
By Ed Friedrich

Kitsap Transit is reducing the size and speed of a prototype passenger ferry because computer modeling showed that the boat would create too much wake.

With all of the time and money spent developing a vessel that won’t harm Rich Passage beaches, wake performance can’t be compromised.

“First and foremost, the goal is to keep the faith of the program — getting a boat that goes through there without any damage,” said Kitsap Transit Executive Director Dick Hayes.

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