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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