Free rides on fast ferry to end Aug. 1

BREMERTON — Kitsap Transit is reminding commuters that beginning Aug. 1, the agency will begin collecting fares on its Bremerton-Seattle fast-ferry service.

Since starting service July 10, Kitsap Transit has not collected fares during the introductory period. When fares begin to be collected, customers can pay with exact cash or tap an ORCA card pre-loaded with E-purse, Kitsap Fast Ferries monthly pass or PugetPass, said Sanjay Bhatt, the agency’s spokesman.

Bhatt also said riders will be able to buy tickets later this summer from vending machines at the ferry docks in Bremerton and Seattle. Kitsap Transit does not accept Washington State Ferries fare products.

ORCA monthly passes for the fast-ferry service go on sale July 15 for August sailings. Full fare for a monthly pass is $168; reduced fare is $84. Customers who expect to ride Kitsap Transit buses/local ferries and the fast ferry may consider buying a combined bus/fast-ferry monthly pass for $196. Reduced fare is $98.

ORCA passes can be purchased online at www.orcacard.com, by phone at 888-988-6722, at Kitsap Transit’s customer-service office in the Bremerton Transportation Center or by visiting a participating retail outlet.

Customers who have an ORCA pass subsidized by their employer should check with their benefits administrator to see if their pass will cover the fare to ride on Kitsap Transit’s fast ferry.

Due to a heavy demand for seats on the fast ferry, Kitsap Transit official said, customers are encouraged to book reservations for the month’s sailings first before buying a monthly pass. The agency said it generally does not provide refunds on its fare products.

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