Transportation Briefs

Parking lease extended through January

Washington State Ferries has been unable to secure a new management company for the Kingston parking lot at 1st Street and Ohio Avenue by Dec. 31 and has extended Kitsap Transit’s lease on the lot. Kitsap Transit has agreed to continue managing the lot and will collect a daily $4 parking fee through Jan. 27. WSF now plans to assume management of the Kingston lot Feb. 1.

Kitsap Transit will not remove the lot’s payment equipment until Jan. 30-31 and will not charge a daily parking fee at that time. KT will also honor the initial announcement that no daily fees will be charged Dec. 26-30.

January parking passes will be pro-rated to $53. Kitsap Transit’s customer service office will contact pass buyers who used automatic ordering to determine if they would like to order for January. For those who purchase with Pass-By-Mail, send only $53 for a January monthly parking pass.

Kitsap Transit will continue to accept parking coupons through Jan. 27 but the coupon books are no longer available for sale.

Registered rideshare vehicles not honored

WSF has decided it will not honor Kitsap Transit registered rideshare permits for free parking once they assume management of the Kingston lot in February. Rideshare signs will be removed in late January. Kitsap Transit will continue to renew registrations on request. For those who don’t want to remain a registered carpool, simply ignore the renewal notice when received. For information about parking fees, lot operations and potential future rideshare considerations starting Feb. 1, 2006, contact the Washington State Ferries.

Kitsap Transit holiday service schedule:

All services and offices closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1:

• Kitsap Transit routed and ACCESS buses will not operate Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

• Kitsap Transit’s customer service offices, administration office and transit information phone lines will also be closed.

• ACCESS will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day but will take next-day trip reservations 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday service Dec. 26 and Jan. 2:

• Kitsap Transit routed and ACCESS buses will operate on Sunday schedules Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

• Dedicated shipyard bus routes worker/driver buses will not operate.

• Kitsap Transit’s information phone lines and Bremerton customer service office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Kitsap Transit will not collect parking fees at the Kingston parking lot.

• ACCESS buses will operate Sunday hours. All repeating rides scheduled for Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 will be cancelled. ACCESS will take next-day trip reservations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on these days.

PSNS Closure Schedule:

• The dedicated shipyard trips will not operate when the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard closes from Dec. 27-30.

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