Kitsap Transit
May 11, 2021 7:15 AM
John Clausen
Kitsap Transit

Kitsap Transit has been operating friendly, convenient public transit since 1983. We pride ourselves on providing a reliable service to Kitsap County’s commuter base and a sustainable, green travel option for the environmentally conscious.  Whether you’re catching a bus for work or taking a scenic ferry trip, we strive to create enjoyable experiences for our riders. Specialized services are available for commuters and for qualified elderly and disabled riders. 
Our Mission
Provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation choices that enhance the quality of life in Kitsap County.
Our Vision
Kitsap Transit leads the delivery of a quality, coordinated and sustainable transportation network to serve the changing needs of Kitsap County residents.
Our Goals - 2020
Kitsap Transit develops goals on an annual basis to help guide the budget development process, providing financial and staff resources to accomplish those goals.  Only three months into 2020, our nation began to feel the impacts of COVID-19.  Kitsap Transit immediately began efforts to mitigate the impacts of the virus to our staff, riders and financial resources.  A hiring freeze and a spending freeze were implemented for projects and procurements that were not essential to the day-to-day operations of the agency.  Many of our 2020 Goals went incomplete; however the perseverance of our staff allowed us to continue momentum where possible and not lose sight of the importance of these goals.  With the uncertainty of what 2021 would bring and many of the 2020 Goals incomplete, we felt it was in our best interest to finish what we started, without adding to the list.  The final status of the 2020 Goals as of the year end is as follows:

Bus Service Planning/Improvements
Complete design phase for Silverdale Transit Center in preparation for environmental assessment - 100% Complete
Increase ridership by 3 percent - 0 % Complete
Reduce Average Claim frequency by 40 percent (40%) - 85% Complete
Fully implement Drive-Cam or similar system in Routed and ACCESS services - 50% Complete
Adoption of long-term base siting plan - 85% Complete

Passenger-only ferry projects
Implement ferry service between Southworth and Seattle - 80% Complete
Complete alternatives analysis for additional KT vessel capacity on Seattle waterfront - 10% Complete
Environmental Sustainability
Transition to paperless employee module for payroll information - 10% Complete
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent (5%) - 100% Complete
Adoption of plan for infrastructure options to implement electric bus fleet - 100% Complete (for Charleston Base)

Migrate to new, cloud-based platform of Financial Edge financial software system - 75% Complete
Develop and implement a marketing campaign for the Southworth Fast Ferry Launch equal to/greater than the one developed for the Kingston Fast Ferry Launch - 80% Complete
Refresh KT website - 10% Complete
Develop and distribute a monthly electronic newsletter to riders - 0% Complete
Goals adopted by Resolution No. 19-87

Quarterly System Report
Kitsap Transit prepares a quarterly report of system ridership and fares.  Click here for the most recent quarterly report.

Kitsap Transit is owned by the citizens of Kitsap County. For information on the agency's revenues and expenditures, click here.

Our History
Kitsap Transit is a Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority (PTBAA) established by public vote in 1982. Kitsap Transit's initial mission was to provide public transportation services in the greater Bremerton and Port Orchard areas. Since then, Kitsap Transit has expanded through a number of annexations to cover the entire county.

Transit in Kitsap County prospered in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, particularly with the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a primary naval port. The county's economy declined between the1950s and 70s, mirroring the ups and downs seen on a national level.

In 1982, voters formed the new public transportation authority and authorized 0.3 percent of sales tax funding to support it. The system carried around 600,000 riders yearly. Today, Kitsap Transit transports more than 3.5 million riders a year, backed by a sales tax of 0.8 percent for transit and 0.3 percent sales tax for passenger-only ferries.