Bremerton-Seattle Mar 10, 2013 23:34:43 GMT -8
Post by Steve Rosenow on Mar 10, 2013 23:34:43 GMT -8
The original configuration for Colman Dock (prior to its expansion) was that all lanes underneath the building were for Bremerton-bound traffic, the lanes adjacent the building on the north side of the terminal were for Bainbridge.
I'm actually not sure if they had very specific lanes for each route. I guess that like today, they'd have a basic area to where the first cars get sent, and they they fill it from there. But the main disadvantage of Bremerton is the day traffic. Ed-Ki and Sea-Bi are gateways to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond, but Bremerton is only there for more local traffic to/from the Kitsap peninsula. Reducing service to one boat during a typical weekday from ~9:30 to ~1:30 would not cause overloads at all, except maybe during the summer. Of course it would have a terrible impact on both sides of the sound but it would be the best option to save money.
As for Bremerton route being there for local traffic, I wouldn't say that's necessarily true. Bremerton is just as equally a gateway to the Olympic Peninsula as is Winslow or Kingston. Bremerton also has several large tourist draws that Winslow nor Kingston has (which is a potential I don't think has been advertised nor realized to its full potential yet; one of them being the Bremerton Boardwalk and the U.S.S. Turner Joy). It's also a half hour away from Hood Canal, which is the true Gateway to the Olympics. It is also the longest ferry run in Puget Sound in distance and duration (not counting the San Juans), which - if advertised right - could be used to a huge economic benefit to both the ferry system and to south Kitsap County.
While it is true that the Bainbridge and Kingston route are the most popular, Bremerton isn't really that far behind, and at No. 3 on the list of most traveled runs in the system, there's a huge untapped potential for the possibility of economic benefit, shall a larger ferry be placed on the run in the future.