Transit operator shortages continue to hit agencies across the region and nation. Kitsap Transit is yet another provider that will be partially reducing service because of pandemic-induced staffing challenges. Service reductions will hit four commuter routes, so the agency is advising that riders use alternative services, where available. However, Kitsap Transit also plans to increase service slightly between Bremerton, Annapolis, and Port Orchard. Several other routes will get some additional trips while others will only have minor time adjustments. Changes will go in effect on Monday, November 29th.
The full slate of changes to go in effect late this month are as follows:
|Annapolis Foot Ferry||For the Annapolis Foot Ferry, new trips each way between Annapolis will be added on weekdays. In the Bremerton direction, trips will be added at 5:15am, 5:30am, 3:02pm, and 3:17pm. In the Annapolis direction, trips will be added at 5:22am, 5:37am, 2:55pm, and 3:10pm. This allows for 15-minute frequencies from 5:15am to 7:15am and 3:02pm to 5:20pm in the Bremerton direction and from 5:22am to 7:07am and 2:55pm to 5:30pm in the Annapolis direction. However, staffing shortages mean that Kitsap Transit won’t be able to start service at 5:00am like many riders have requested and the 7:30am trip from Annapolis had to be cut for now.|
|81||Route 81 (Annapolis Commuter) will receive two extra trips each way way between the Annapolis Ferry Dock and Port Orchard Armory. Two trips from the Port Orchard Armory will depart at 5:05am and 5:20am to connect with the 5:15am and 5:30am Annapolis Foot Ferry departures, respectively. Two trip trips from the Annapolis Ferry Dock will depart at 3:02pm and 3:17pm to connect with the 3:00pm and 3:15pm Annapolis Foot Ferry arrivals, respectively.|
|86||Route 86 (Southworth Shuttle) will receive one extra trip on weekdays.|
|184||Route 184 (Harper Shuttle) will be fully suspended due to staffing shortages. The route provides service between the Harper Church Park-and-Ride and the Southworth Ferry Terminal. Riders can alternatively use Route 85, which covers the same corridor.|
|212||Route 212 (Bremerton/Silverdale West) will receive five extra trips on weekdays.|
|217||Route 217 (Bremerton/Silverdale East) will receive two extra trips at 7:00pm and 8:00pm on weekdays.|
|221||Route 221 (Perry Avenue) will receive two extra trips at 6:00am on weekdays. Other small changes will be implemented.|
|222||Route 222 (Gateway Express) will be fully suspended due to staffing shortages. The route provides service between the Bremerton Transportation Center and Bremerton United Methodist Church Park-and-Ride. Riders can alternatively uses Routes 26 and 202, which cover similar corridors and serve the park-and-ride and transportation center.|
|223||Route 223 (Kariotis) will receive six extra trips on weekdays. Other small changes will be implemented.|
|225||Route 225 (Sheridan Park) will receive one extra trip at 6:00am on weekdays. Other small changes will be implemented.|
|229||Route 229 (Trenton Commuter) will be fully suspended due to staffing shortages. The route provides service between Wheaton Way Transit Center and Bremerton Transportation Center. Riders can alternatively use Route 221, which covers similar areas and serves the transit center and transportation center.|
|338||Route 338 (Gateway/Bainbridge Express) will be fully suspended due to staffing shortages. The route provides service between Gateway Fellowship Park-and-Ride and Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal. Riders can alternatively use Routes 333 and 390, which generally cover the same corridor.|
|93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 106, 301, 333, 344, and 390||Small changes will be implemented on these routes.|
Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.