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About Us

Kitsap Transit has been operating friendly, convenient public transit since 1983. We pride ourselves on providing a reliable service to Kitsap County’s commuter base and a sustainable, green travel option for the environmentally conscious.  Whether you’re catching a bus for work or taking a scenic ferry trip, we strive to create enjoyable experiences for our riders. Specialized services are available for commuters and for qualified elderly and disabled riders. 

Our Mission

Provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation choices that enhance the quality of life in Kitsap County.

Our Vision

Kitsap Transit leads the delivery of a quality, coordinated and sustainable transportation network to serve the changing needs of Kitsap County residents.

Our Goals - 2019

Bus Service Planning/Improvements

  • Increase ridership by 3 percent
    • Phase implemenation of service additions based on staffing abilities
    • Develop and implement marketing plan to announce and educate community on phased implementation of service expansion
    • Fully roll-out DoubleMap passenger information system
  • Complete construction, with planned service modifications, of Wheaton Way Transit Center
  • Research long-term operating base siting

Passenger-only ferry projects

  • Addition of three new vessels to the Marine Services fleet

Environmental Sustainability

  • Develop policy on percentage of biofuel blend
  • Increase percentage of alternative fuel vehicles by expanding ACCESS fleet to 75 percent (75%) propane by the end of 2019
  • Develop plan for infrastructure options to implement an electric bus fleet

Administration

  • Review reserve policies with draft update presented to Board by end of year
    • Current reserve policy - increase to prepare for possible recession?
    • Right-of-Way acquisition funds
    • Equipment replacment reserve

Goals adopted by Resolution No. 18-64

Quarterly System Report

Kitsap Transit prepares a quarterly report of system ridership and fares.  Click here for the most recent quarterly report.

Funding

Kitsap Transit is owned by the citizens of Kitsap County. For information on the agency's revenues and expenditures, click here.

Our History

Kitsap Transit is a Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (PTBAA) established by public vote in 1982. Kitsap Transit's initial mission was to provide public transportation services in the greater Bremerton and Port Orchard areas. Since then, Kitsap Transit has expanded through a number of annexations to cover the entire county.

Transit in Kitsap County prospered in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, particularly with the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a primary naval port. The county's economy declined between the1950s and 70s, mirroring the ups and downs seen on a national level.

In 1982, voters formed the new public transportation authority and authorized 0.3 percent of sales tax funding to support it. The system carried around 600,000 riders yearly. Today, Kitsap Transit transports more than 3.5 million riders a year, backed by a sales tax of 0.8 percent for transit and 0.3 percent sales tax for passenger-only ferries.

The agency offers a robust, multi-program system which:

  • Operates routed buses, both regular full-day service countywide and custom rush-hour service for ferry commuters.
  • Operates ACCESS services for people who are frail, elderly and disabled throughout most of the county.
  • Operates a rideshare program composed of Worker/Driver buses, vanpools, SCOOT cars and participation in a Regional Ridematch Program.
  • Manages a park & ride lot system with more than 2,500 spaces.
  • Operates local passenger-only ferry service between Bremerton and Port Orchard and Bremerton and Annapolis.  Also operates cross-sound passenger-only ferry service to Seattle from Bremerton, Kingston, and Southworth (2020).
  • Carries out transit-oriented developments to produce the best and highest transit use of real property.
  • Contributes to the smart growth development of Kitsap County, especially in urban areas.

Reasons to Use Kitsap Transit

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Offices

60 Washington Avenue, Suite 200, Bremerton, WA 98337 Visit our office Phone: (360) 373-2877 or 1-800-501-RIDE