Routed Bus FAQs


Q: What are Kitsap Transit routed buses?

A: Routed buses are buses that travel a set schedule and route at regular intervals on the days they operate. A routed bus might operate hourly or might be designed to serve departing and arriving ferries. Paper schedules are available for each routed bus Kitsap Transit operates. Schedules and route maps are also available by clicking here. Routed buses are designed to connect to each other and to the Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry so passengers can connect from one community to another.

Q: Where do Kitsap Transit routed buses go?

A: Kitsap Transit routed buses serve Kitsap County from Kingston to Southworth and all points in between. Commuter service is offered to major employment centers and to connect to state ferries. Hourly and mid-day service operates to neighborhoods, shopping areas and medical centers.

Q: How can I catch a Kitsap Transit routed bus?

A: Kitsap Transit's trip planner makes it simple to plan a trip on a routed bus. You can use the trip planner in the far right of the main menu on this website to get started. Simply enter your origin, destination and the time you need to travel and the planner will show you which bus to ride. 

You can also look at Kitsap Transit's system map. Find the route you want then check out the schedule. 

If there is a bus stop near you, look up! The numbers posted below the sign are the route numbers of the buses serving that stop. The schedule will tell you when the bus comes. The map will show you where the bus is going.

Q: How do I read a Kitsap Transit bus schedule?

A: Kitsap Transit bus schedules show a map of the route the bus travels and a schedule of times the bus serves locations along the route. Schedules read from left to right, as the bus travels. The locations listed across the top are timepoints. The locations of those timepoints are shown on the schedule's route map. The bus will make stops between timepoints along the route. Listed below the timepoints are the times the bus will be at that location. Use the timepoint before your location to estimate when the bus will arrive at your stop. Three dashes (- - -) indicate that the bus doesn't serve that time point on that trip. Call and we'll be happy to help you!

Q: What does it cost to ride a routed bus?

A: The fare is $2.00 one-way full cash fare or $1.00 one-way reduced fare for eligible riders. Fares are payable with cash or with a monthly pass or E-purse loaded on an ORCA card. ORCA users receive a free two-hour transfer to connect to other buses or the Foot Ferry.

Riders paying with cash can request a paper transfer. Paper transfers are valid at transfer centers  and transfer points only for the next connecting bus or foot ferry.

Q: How do I know if my bus is late or service has been changed?

A: If Kitsap Transit is aware in advance of road construction projects or other issues that will impact bus service, we will notify riders with rider alerts. Alerts are available on board vehicles, and at stops, transfer centers or park & rides affected by a change. You can also receive email alerts by subscribing here. At this time, Kitsap Transit cannot notify passengers of up-to-the-minute delays caused by traffic, accidents or other unexpected events. 

Q: What other transit services do Kitsap Transit routed buses connect with?

A: Kitsap Transit makes connections with Jefferson Transit in Poulsbo, with Mason Transit at the Bremerton Transportation Center, with Pierce Transit in Purdy and with Washington State Ferries departing Southworth, Bremerton, Bainbridge Island and Kingston. And of course, buses connect with the Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry in Bremerton, Port Orchard and Annapolis.

Q: Can riders with disabilities use Kitsap Transit routed buses?

A: Of course! Every Kitsap Transit bus has a wheelchair lift or ramp. Coach operators are trained to assist people with disabilities in boarding and tying down their mobility aids. Many buses can "kneel" or be lowered to help you reach the first step. Just ask the driver if you need the lift, ramp or kneeling. 

For your safety, the coach operator will use all four tie-downs for your mobility aid, where available and feasible.

By federal law, coach operators announce intersections and destination points along each route. If you ask the coach operator, they will let you know when the bus reaches the stop you want to get off at.

If you require a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) to assist you when you travel, they can board with you free of charge if you have an American's with Disabilities Act card or Regional Reduced Fare Permit ORCA card designating that you require PCA assistance.

Q: Does Kitsap Transit offer assistance to riders who need help learning to ride the bus?

A: Yes. Kitsap Transit's Bus Travel Training program is a free, self-paced training service for people who want to learn to travel independently using the routed bus system. Kitsap Transit is committed to providing the information and support you need to feel comfortable and successful using our transportation services. Contact ACCESS at 360-479-7272 for details.

Q: Are bikes allowed on Kitsap Transit routed buses?

A: All buses in our routed service have bike racks. You load and unload your bike yourself. For safety reasons, the driver can't leave the bus to help you, but can offer verbal instructions. Unfolding the rack and loading the bike safely takes only a few seconds, once you are familiar with it. To unload your bike you simply reverse the loading procedure. Click here to watch an instructional video.

There is no extra charge for the bike; you pay only the regular fare.


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