The newest fast-ferry service from Kingston to downtown Seattle is now up and running.

Fast Ferry

Photo Courtesy of Kitsap County Commissioner

Commissioner Robert Gelder joined local officials, including Governor Jay Inslee, and members of the public for a special preview ride.

According to the Commissioner’s office, the fast-ferry winter schedule includes three round trips in the morning and three in the afternoon. The summer schedule is planned to add evening and Saturday sailings.

The Kingston route does not use a reservation system, due in part to the larger capacity of the route’s vessel, which can hold up to 350 passengers when fully staffed. For now, Kitsap Transit is opting to keep the passenger count and staffing lower but as ridership grows, there is the ability to expand capacity, according to the Commissioner’s office.

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Thumbnail photo by Blake Handley via Creative Commons