Kitsap Transit Executive Director John Clauson held a quarterly meeting with community members in Kingston at the Village Green Community Center to discuss transit routing in the area and the imminent arrival of a fast ferry connection between the small, waterfront town and downtown Seattle this summer.
During the meeting, Clauson painted a picture of a county transit system struggling to cope with its lack of immunity to a national downturn in ridership. This wasn’t always the case though, Clauson said. “It wasn’t but a couple years ago, on a national basis, that ridership was the highest that it’s ever been. In fact, it was higher than right after WWII, in the big heyday of transit, where everybody was riding.”
Clauson pointed to a number of contributing factors, however he regarded two as being particularly influential in the public’s decision to use or forego transit: cost and convenience.