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Grand opening on Kingston to Seattle fast ferry

Regular service between Seattle and Kingston starts on Monday, Nov. 26. (Kitsap Transit)

Local dignitaries had the chance to cruise around the Puget Sound on the new Kingston to Seattle passenger-only fast ferry on Monday, a full week before regular service begins.

The public will get a taste on a ceremonial sailing at 2 p.m. It’s unclear if the Bremerton Symphony will stick around for the afternoon sailing.

Voters approved a proposition in November 2016 for a sales tax to support the passenger-only ferry service to Seattle from Bremerton, Kingston, and Southworth.

Kitsap Transit launched service from Bremerton to Seattle in July 2017, cutting the ride time in half as compared to the car ferry. The trip between Bremerton and Seattle is 28 minutes. The trip from Kingston to Seattle is expected to take 39 minutes.

Check the regular service schedule for Kingston-Seattle

Service between Bremerton and Seattle had a rocky start with multiple cancellations. The Rich Passage 1 boat had mechanical issues, according to the Kitsap Sun. And the reservation system was clunky, but Kitsap Transit expects a smoother start for Kingston.

Kitsap County is hoping this new service will enhance its image as an alternative to King County for people looking for cheaper housing and a quieter lifestyle.

Coldwell Banker Bain has said developers are excited for the ferry service and what it means for a reasonable commute to downtown Seattle. With Seattle’s median home price at $668,000, according to The Seattle Times, an average home for $334,000 in Kitsap County seems downright cheap.

In July, Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent said the service is “going to mean more people living here, and jobs.”

Lent says in addition to providing new housing options for people who work in Seattle, the fast ferry service will help Bremerton attract new employers.

Service to Southworth will begin in 2020.

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