BREMERTON, Wash. -- Kitsap Transit commissioners have approved spending $9.5 million on ferries, vans and a park-and-ride lot expansion.
All the money approved Tuesday comes from federal and state sources. The transit system is buying 73 Rideshare vans, and will contract with All American Marine of Bellingham to build a new $5.3 million passenger ferry and test it in Rich Passage. The system wants a high-speed boat that won't kick up a huge wake that could damage the shoreline in the narrow passage south of Bainbridge Island.
The system also is expanding a park-and-ride lot near the Southworth ferry terminal, and commissioners agreed to buy a used, backup ferry for the Bremerton-Port Orchard route.