Kitsap Transit Sunday service should be a priority

When Kitsap Transit officials gather together today, they’ll be discussing a topic North Kitsapers are passionate about. A victim of financial circumstance, Kitsap Transit has been slashing service and routes to accommodate its ever-shrinking budget.

A laundry list of lesser-used scheduled runs on routes in North Kitsap — including some in the Poulsbo/Silverdale, Poulsbo/Bainbridge, Kingston/Bainbridge, Poulsbo/Kingston/Suquamish and Poulsbo/Kingston areas were eliminated as recently as last month.

Kitsap Transit receives about 80-85 percent of its revenue from sales tax, according to Kitsap Transit Executive Director Richard Hayes. People aren’t spending money the way they used to, resulting in increased fares, reduced services and laying off 15 employees.

Where the hurt really happens, however, is the loss of Sunday service altogether. For about a year before Kitsap Transit axed Sunday service, members of the elder population who rely on Kitsap Transit to make it to church and elsewhere, began protesting. And rightfully so. Without Sunday service, some have become shut-ins, cut off from the fellowship they crave. But there’s a bigger issue here. For the elderly — and anyone who depends on Kitsap Transit as their primary means of transportation — they are without any means of transportation for one day a week.

That simply isn’t fair.

Kitsap Transit officials should reinstate Sunday service as soon as the economy allows.

It’s the fair thing to do.

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