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Notice of Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners Meeting June 18, 2024

The Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners will continue meeting in-person with a virtual option at its 8:30 am, Tuesday, June 18, 2024, meeting.

The in-person meeting will be held in the Kitsap Transit Harborside, 2nd Floor Conference Room. The Harborside Conference Room, is located at,60 Washington Avenue Suite 200, Bremerton WA 98337.

The meeting agenda will be posted to the Kitsap Transit Board page no later than 4:00PM on the Friday prior to the meeting. 

June 18, 2024 Board of Commissioners Meeting Agenda

Members of the public can view the meeting online via Zoom. Information on listening, viewing, and providing public comment can be found on the Board page below. 

To attend the 06/18/2024 Board meeting virtually or to listen via telephone:

  • LIVE Stream:  Bremerton Kitsap Access Television (BKAT) click the “Live Stream” link or copy and paste the URL into your web browser  https://bremerton.vod.castus.tv/vod/?live=ch1&nav=live
  • On Demand: Bremerton Kitsap Access Television (BKAT) will host the video on their website along with past Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioner’s Meetings.  Please allow 24-48 hours for posting. 

Public Comment

As stated in the Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners Bylaws, section 5:I, below and RCW 42.30.240

“Public Comment - Members of the public shall have the right to make comments and statements regarding the affairs of Kitsap Transit in general, and matters on the Agenda in particular, during the portion of the meeting of the Board set aside for public comment. Unless a different length of time is announced by the Chairperson prior to the beginning of the public comment period, public comment by each speaker shall be limited to three (3) minutes. In the event a Member poses a question to such speaker, the Chairperson may extend such speaker's time as the Chairperson deems reasonable or necessary to enable the speaker to respond.”

How to Provide Public Comments

The Clerk of the Board accepts public comments on behalf of the Board in the following ways:

  • Email: Jacquelynb@kitsaptransit.com Include the following information: Subject: Public Comment and Date Board Meeting
  • Phone: 360-478-6230
  • Written Comment: Please submit comments by 4:00 PM the day prior to the meeting.
  • Live Public Comment: Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or virtually and provide comments during the Public Comment portion of the agenda.

Public Hearings

There are no public hearings currently scheduled. 

About the Transit Board

The Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 8:30 am. 

The 10-member Board is comprised of nine elected officials and a non-voting member who represents the agency's labor unions, as required by state law. 

The nine elected officials are comprised of 

  • Three members of the Legislative body of Kitsap County
  • The mayor of Bremerton
  • The mayor or a member of the city council, chosen by the council for Bainbridge Island, Port Orchard and Poulsbo
  • A member of the Bremerton City Council, as appointed by the City Council President
  • An at-large member is chosen by the Transit Board Chair from among the elected officials of the three smaller cities, Bainbridge Island, Port Orchard and Poulsbo, who express an interest to the board chair

The nine elected officials serve Transit Board terms commensurate to the term of their elective office, except for the non-voting and at-large Board members; they serve for two-year terms.

The Transit Board is a policy-making board. In addition to considering a variety of operational topics, ranging from large bus purchases to software upgrades, it also deliberates on policy issues such as how much Routed or ACCESS service the agency puts on the street.

In terms of basic transit agency operations, unbudgeted items that will cost more than $100,000 must go to the board for approval. 

The Transit Board also considers items like:

  • changes in fares
  • federal and state grant applications
  • contracts for operating supplies like tires, filters and the printing of new route schedules
  • contracts with service providers and for professional services such as those from attorneys and engineers
  • land purchases and construction projects
  • authorization to request bids and proposals, and later awarding contracts for activities such as rebuilding bus or van transmissions or auto body repair

Each month, the board receives written monthly progress reports on agency finances, ridership and fuel costs. The board also hears reports about upcoming/ongoing projects such as the KT's participation in the regional Smart Card or ORCA program, the results of customer service surveys in ACCESS or what is going on at the Legislature that affects KT. The board also fulfills required duties like holding public hearings on required state reports like KT's Transit Development Plan or the required federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise plan.

All board meetings are public and anyone may attend. You can read and download board meeting agendas and materials at the links above.

If you have any questions about the Board or the agency, please contact Kitsap Transit's Clerk of the Board/Public Records Officer, Jackie Bidon, at 360-478-6230 or via email at JacquelynB@kitsaptransit.com.

Current Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners

Robert Driskell, Teamsters Local No. 589, non-voting member
360-613-4062; robertd@teamsters589.org

Becky Erickson, Mayor, City of Poulsbo
360-779-3901; berickson@cityofpoulsbo.com

Charlotte Garrido, Kitsap County Commissioner
360-337-7080; cgarrido@kitsap.gov

Anna Mockler, Councilmember, City of Bremerton
360-473-5280; anna.mockler@ci.bremerton.wa.us

Robert Putaansuu, Mayor, City of Port Orchard, Vice Chair
360-876-4407; rputaansuu@cityofportorchard.us

Christine Rolfes, Kitsap County Commissioner
360-337-7080; crolfes@kitsap.gov

Clarence Moriwaki, Councilmember, City of Bainbridge Island
206-491-6131; cmoriwaki@bainbridgewa.gov

Ed Stern, Councilmember, City of Poulsbo, Member at Large
360-779-3901; estern@cityofpoulsbo.com

Katie Walters, Kitsap County Commissioner
360-337-7080; kwalters@kitsap.gov

Greg Wheeler, Mayor, City of Bremerton, Chair
360-473-5266; greg.wheeler@ci.bremerton.wa.us


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