Fast Ferry Updates and Survey

July 12, 2018

Bremerton Fast-Ferry Service Marks One-Year Anniversary

Kitsap Transit has carried more than 250,000 riders and completed 95 percent of scheduled sailings since launching its fast-ferry service a year ago this week.

The 118-passenger Rich Passage 1 is running nearly full on its commuter trips with passengers originating travel from Kitsap County: In June the ferry ran at 93 percent capacity to Seattle in the morning and 98 percent capacity returning to Bremerton in the afternoon.

Check out the fast-ferry performance indicators dashboard by CLICKING HERE.

Watch highlights from last year’s Fast Ferry Grand Opening and Launch by CLICKING HERE.

Kingston Fast-Ferry Service Survey

Kitsap Transit is conducting an online survey to gather community feedback that will help us develop the sailing schedule for fast-ferry service between Kingston and Seattle. The survey also will help Kitsap Transit plan for transit services to and from the Kingston ferry terminal.

The survey, which closes on July 31, can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.

Kingston Fast Ferries

While no specific date is set for the launch of fast-ferry service from Kingston, Kitsap Transit is working diligently on multiple fronts to prepare for the launch later this year:

  • Dock improvements are planned at the Port of Kingston's dock to allow Kitsap Transit to operate and moor its fast ferry under a 50-year lease.
  • Kitsap Transit is hiring staff to crew the vessels and process passengers on the dock.
  • The 350-passenger M/V Finest is undergoing a top-to-bottom overhaul at a Whidbey Island shipyard and is anticipated to be delivered in late September. Kitsap Transit initially plans to cap the passenger load on the Finest to 150, which is more than sufficient capacity based on ridership projections.

Did you know? The boat was part of the flotilla of ferries that evacuated Lower Manhattan on 9/11. 

  • The 172-passenger M/V Melissa Ann, which Kitsap Transit has leased, will be a back-up vessel to the Finest.

Did you know? The Melissa Ann has served as a commuter ferry in Honolulu and, closer to home, on the Seattle-Vashon route.

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