Free rides are over for Kitsap Transit's new fast ferry service from Bremerton to Seattle starting Tuesday.
The ferry runs weekdays and Saturdays. Passengers were able to ride for free throughout July. Starting August 1, a trip on the ferry will cost $12.
"This is the heart of maritime innovation in Kitsap County and we are so excited that the citizens of Kitsap County are taking another step forward in uniting our great state," Governor Jay Inslee said at the grand opening ceremony.
"This is one of the highest-tech ferries ever invented – it's going to travel at 38 to 40 knots through Rich Passage with minimal wake, it is a high-tech solution to a growth problem in Puget Sound," Inslee said. "And I look forward to the day when people can have reduced housing costs, who might be working in Seattle, or spending a half an hour commuting, and getting a very reasonably-priced waterfront property in Kitsap County—isn't that a great vision?"
This route is the first of three that aims to cut the travel time in half on public transit between the two places, Kitsap Transit said in a statement. It's expected to take 28 minutes one-way.
"I think people know I'm a fan of every ferry boat ever invented," Inslee said. "If you come to my office, you will see a piece of the deck plate of the Kalakala."