• Report recommends changes for troubled Kitsap fast ferry

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    BREMERTON, Wash. - A consultant is recommending changes to the Kitsap Transit fast ferry service.

    The report was presented to the Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

    Recommendations include:

    • Securing an agreement with King County Marine Division to run the service.
    • Leasing the division's backup boat until more vessels can be built.
    • Scrapping the reservation system and finding a new one.


    The ferry has had several issues that have delayed or canceled service since it started in July, including overbooking its January sailings.

    KIRO 7 Traffic RealTime Traffic Anchor Rachel Calderon spoke with some frustrated passengers.

    “It’s unfortunate, especially as someone who supported and voted for the fast ferry and the taxation that came with it,” said passenger Jade Quisano.

    Kitsap Transit is urging those who already have a reservation and don't need it to cancel. 

    The first 30 people each day who cancel their reservation for the 5:10 p.m. sailing leaving Seattle will receive a $10 Washington State Ferries ticket.    

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