Tuesday, September 12
2017-2018 September ITE Kick-off Meeting
Please join ITE Washington for our September 2018 Kick-Off at Salty’s where Carla Sawyer (Kitsap Transit Project Manager) and Mike Anderson (KPFF Marine Transit Consulting Group Project Lead) will be highlighting the latest updates on the Kitsap Transit High Speed Ferry service between Seattle and Bremerton.
Washington State Ferries high-speed passenger only service between Bremerton and downtown Seattle, operating from 1985- 2003, was very popular and created a stimulus to growth in Kitsap County. WSF discontinued the service after being ordered to slow the vessels to prevent vessel wake damage to the shoreline along Rich Passage between South Kitsap and Bainbridge Island. Then began a ten plus year research project to understand the natural and vessel created forces on the beaches of Rich Passage and to design, built and test a prototype vessel capable of operating at high speeds without impacting the beaches.
Four months of test operations in 2013 proved that the prototype vessel, Rich Passage 1, could operate at high speeds through Rich Passage without impact to the beaches.
Shortly thereafter, in 2014, Kitsap transit launched a comprehensive planning process to evaluate the feasibility and develop a business and long range financial plan for fast ferry services from ports in Kitsap County to downtown Seattle.
Last November the voters of Kitsap County approved a sales tax measure to support fast ferry service and Kitsap Transit began work to launch service on the first route and begin acquiring the capital infrastructure to fully build out the program.
The first route between Bremerton and Seattle began service on July 10th. Kitsap Transit plans to launch two additional fast ferry routes from Kingston in the summer of 2018 and Southworth in the summer of 2020.
Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket on Eventbrite by Friday September 8, 2017 at 5:00PM.
Grilled Wild Salmon
Roasted Rainbow Vegetable Medley
Sourdough Bread and Butter
Dessert: Salty’s Signature White Chocolate Mousse Cake