Fast ferry ‘Finest’ out for repairs starting Tuesday

Fast ferry ‘Finest’ out for repairs starting Tuesday

Vessel could be out for an entire week for repairs to be completed

Starting Tuesday, Kitsap Transit will take the 240-passenger fast ferry Finest out of service for repairs that could take the entire week to be completed.

During the Finest’s absence, the 172-passenger Melissa Ann will operate the Kingston to Seattle fast-ferry route, according to Kitsap Transit. Based on recent ridership trends, Kitsap transit anticipates the vessel will reach capacity on the 5:05 p.m. departure from Seattle and may reach capacity on the 7:05 a.m. departure from Kingston.

Customers who have flexibility in their travel plans are encouraged to consider less-popular sailing times, such as the 5:25 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. sailings from Kingston, as well as the 3:25 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. sailings from Seattle.

Those who need to take the 7:05 a.m. fast ferry from Kingston should consider riding a KT bus to the terminal since bus riders receive priority boarding, the release states. Alternatively, fast-ferry customers may consider taking the Bainbridge Island ferry operated by Washington State Ferries.

If the Kingston Fast Ferry reaches capacity on its 5:05 p.m. sailing from Seattle, customers can ride WSF. Fast-ferry passholders can obtain a WSF ticket from an information agent at the Seattle Passenger-Only Ferry Terminal.

From Bainbridge, customers can board a #91 bus that drops off at Suquamish Park & Ride, George’s Corner and Washington & East 1st Street in Kingston. Due to Colman Dock construction and a temporary shift in WSF’s schedule, KT will shift bus departures as well. Some late ferry trips may not be served. Check the #91 schedule on KT’s website for details.

Those who need to reach West Kingston Road or Bayside Community Church Park & Ride should take the Kingston Fast Ferry because the #91 does not travel there. Route 302 serves the Bayside Community Church.

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