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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Date: September 18, 2014
Contact: Rebecca Pirtle, Commissioners' Office
  360.337.4650 or rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us
If unable to reach the contact person please contact Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager at 360.337.4598
No: 2014-100

County Commissioners host ferry forums
Community input sought on long-range plan

(Port Orchard, WA)  As the Washington State Department of Transportation updates its Ferries Division Long-Range Plan, Kitsap County is engaging residents in discussions about local ferry priorities. The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners will host a series of five forums in partnership with the cities of Bremerton and Bainbridge Island and Ferry Advisory Committee members. Meetings will be held in each of the local ferry communities and one in Silverdale, to explore several ferry system issues of particular interest including: communications, vessels, fares/tariffs, schedules, service standards, parking and terminals.

Meeting Schedule

  • Bremerton: September 23, 5:30 p.m., Bremerton City Hall, 345 6th Street #600
  • Silverdale: September 24, 6 p.m., Silverdale Community Center, Evergreen Room, 9729 Silverdale Way
  • Kingston: October 7, 6:15 p.m., North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Station, 26642 Miller Bay Road NE
  • Southworth: October 9, 6 p.m., Harper Church, 10384 SE Sedgwick Road, Port Orchard
  • Bainbridge Island: October 22, 6:15 p.m., Bainbridge Island City Hall, 280 Madison Avenue North

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend these forums, intended to serve as an opportunity for open conversations with a focus on identifying local interests and priorities.

Commissioner Charlotte Garrido points out that, “With four ferry terminals in Kitsap County, we are experts on ferry services, and have some great ideas to offer for this update of the WSF Long-Range Plan.” Kitsap County Commissioners, mayors, and the Kitsap County Ferry Advisory Committees will facilitate these discussions. The public can ask questions and provide feedback on the long-range plan. Input from these meetings will be compiled into a report presented to WSDOT during its update process.

The current Ferries Division Long-Range Plan, adopted June 30, 2009, is available here or go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/planning/ESHB2358.htm. For more information on these forums, contact Eric Baker at 360.337.7080.

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Last Updated:  September 18, 2014