The Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on July 5 and vote on proposed changes, effective Sept. 1 to the agency’s fare policy.
The first change would allow anyone under age 19 to ride free of charge on all Kitsap Transit services. By doing so, Kitsap Transit would be able to receive formula and grant funds from Move Ahead Washington, the state transportation funding package that allocates $3 billion to public transportation over the next 16 years, said agency spokesman Sanjay Bhatt.
Bhatt said the second proposed fare policy change would impact the agency’s vanpool program. The proposed structure would simplify fares into four tiered bands, with a fixed monthly rate per rider based on daily roundtrip miles. Kitsap Transit is asking for public comment on three different options for the tiered bands and plans to recommend one of them to its board.
The current structure has hundreds of fares that vary by vehicle capacity, number of passengers and distance traveled.
The agency will discuss the proposal at two public meetings at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, via Zoom. For meeting information, visit kitsaptransit.com/meetings.