Old routes get new schedules

HANSVILLE — Kitsap Transit, which is reinstating new bus schedules for the Point No Point area in December, is seeking opinions from its riders.

HANSVILLE — Kitsap Transit, which is reinstating new bus schedules for the Point No Point area in December, is seeking opinions from its riders.

John Clauson, service development director for Kitsap Transit, led a Tuesday night meeting at the Hansville Community Center, presenting morning and afternoon bus service options to the ferries in Kingston and Bainbridge Island.

The choices are “to make connections with the bus to Bainbridge Ferry or to the Kingston Ferry,” Clauson said. “We want to concentrate efforts on one or the other.”

The bus agency is asking residents to decide on what ferry terminal they utilize most. Commuters can chose from three scheduling options. For example, riding a bus to Bainbridge in the morning offers the opportunity to catch the first, second or third ferry; the second third or fourth ferry; or the third, fourth, or fifth ferry in Winslow.

Kitsap Transit is then asking residents to complete a survey on the options.

Clauson pointed out that the schedule for the Bainbridge Ferry wouldn’t work to catch a Kingston Ferry and vice versa.

“If someone wanted to make a connection to Bainbridge Island, they can’t make a very good connection to Kingston,” Clauson noted.

But, he said, these are the options available and while they may get some tweaking, they will run as is when service begins on Dec. 8. Clauson said he hopes to add additional buses and routes next year.

To elicit a response, Clauson said the surveys and possible scheduling options will be placed on vehicle’s windshields at George’s Corner Park and Ride.

Bob Ferguson, the transportation demand management administrator for Kitsap Transit, said he is also working on the agency’s web site to get a voting system online. Users can find it at www.kitsaptransit.org.

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