Kitsap Transit Fast Ferries
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What's Happening

Nov. 29: Proposition 1 approved by voters, election results certified

Nov. 10 statement: Proposition 1 passing in unofficial results

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#fastferry measure on November ballot
The only place in Kitsap County with ferry service to downtown Seattle in about a half hour is Bainbridge Island. It wasn’t always that way.

In response to public demand, Kitsap Transit has developed a business plan to provide cross-sound, passenger-only ferry service to Seattle from Bremerton, Kingston and Southworth.

November’s ballot measure would cut current travel times in half, fund Kitsap Transit’s existing foot ferries, and provide for 23,000 hours of new bus service.

Learn about the plan. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the service’s launch!

Travel Time to Downtown Seattle from Kitsap Peninsula



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*Based on lowest-priced route on Washington State Ferries and other public transit

How much will a ride cost?

Two dollars will be collected in Kitsap County and $10 in Seattle. Half price fares will be offered to seniors, disabled, youth, and low income. Riders can pay with ORCA. Bus riders boarding the ferry will get credit for their bus fare.

The cost would be $12 roundtrip. But monthly-pass holders would pay much less, depending on how many trips they took.

For the first time, low-income will ride on cross-sound ferries for half price.

When can I ride?

Ride all day, evening and Saturday from May through September and year-round during commuting hours.

Ride all day, evening and Saturday from May through September and year-round during commuting hours. #fastferry

Launch Dates

  • Bremerton: July 2017
  • Kingston: July 2018
  • Southworth: July 2020

Proposed sales-tax increase would add 3 cents to a $10 purchase. #fastferry

How will we pay for this?

Fares and local sales tax will cover the cost of operations. The ballot measure calls for adding 3/10 of 1 percent to local sales tax (3¢ on a $10 purchase). Sales tax isn’t collected on things like groceries, housing, heating, electricity, prescription drugs, or health care.

On average this is less than $5 a month for an adult in Kitsap County.

How does this benefit our community?

National studies show transit investments generate economic benefits for communities, such as higher productivity from travel time saved and improved access to new workers, employers and suppliers.

Convenient #fastferry
  • Get directly to downtown Seattle in half the travel time
  • More frequent sailings from the Peninsula mean more choices for Kitsap travelers
Locally Controlled #fastferry
  • Local funding means local control of service and fares
  • Frees up $1.5 million annually for more than 23,000 hours of new bus service
Connecting Communities #fastferry
  • Greater access to jobs, education, retail and health care in Seattle
  • Other communities that launched ferry service have seen new business investments
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