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WSDOT: Hood Canal Bridge Project transit plan ‘Star struck’

The State Route 104 Hood Canal Bridge Project will elevate the level of transit service in Kitsap County provided during the six-week bridge closure, according to a Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) news release.

Seattle-based Starline Transportation has signed on to provide buses between the water shuttle dock at Lofall and Port Gamble, Kingston, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island and Silverdale, as well as non-emergency medical transportation services to Kitsap County hospitals. Starline brings professional bus drivers and a fleet of vehicles that can be expanded as needed during the closure.

“We were able to use the flexibility created by this change and the community’s feedback to fine-tune our Kitsap-based transit service,” said Kevin Dayton, Olympic Region Administrator for the WSDOT. “We revisited our schedules and adjusted them to better meet riders’ needs.”

Kitsap Transit is now giving WSDOT technical advice and providing onsite management services at the Port Gamble park and ride during the bridge closure.

For more information, including a complete transit schedule, an online interactive map and videos on getting around during the closure, visit www.HoodCanalBridge.com. The Hood Canal Bridge retrofit and replacement project is now 90 percent complete. The new bridge construction is meant to improve the existing east half, making it wider, safer and more reliable.

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