Kitsap Transit inaugurates the Silverdale Transit Center

Kitsap Transit officials were joined by federal and state transit officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Silverdale Transit Center, which the agency calls the “missing link” in its bus network.

Kitsap Transit vehicles currently use a transfer hub on a dead-end spur which the agency says poses potential risks to safe access and pedestrian accessibility.

The future Silverdale Transit Center will improve the reliability and accessibility of transit services and improve access and mobility in Silverdale, which is a designated regional growth center. The project also provides for a signalized intersection and pedestrian crossing, reducing safety risks for pedestrians and motorists. The transit center also has a dedicated access ramp for Kitsap Transit buses to travel south on SR 303.

Silverdale Transit Center will include up to eight bus bays, shelters, vehicle parking, stormwater management facilities, ADA accessible site improvements, sidewalks, bike lanes, bike storage and a checkpoint. convenience for bus drivers.

“This project is another example of how we are reducing emissions that harm our planet, reducing pollution that harms our communities, and improving people’s ability to get to work and school,” said the Washington Governor Jay Inslee. “Kitsap Transit, in particular, has done an outstanding job of switching to clean fuels on buses and passenger ferries. Kudos to everyone who has contributed to these efforts.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) provided a grant of $4.5 million for right-of-way acquisition and $2.5 million for construction; Kitsap Transit’s local contribution is $1.5 million for design and engineering and $4 million for construction and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has provided nearly $10 million to support the project .

“This new transit center is a big step forward for Silverdale and the region,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. “Replacing a smaller, less well-located facility with a new, community-focused bus hub means a better transit future for residents of Silverdale and the Kitsap Peninsula, connecting them to more jobs, jobs, and more. education and health care options, as well as with their friends and family.

The transit center will be the first in Western Washington to offer automatic wireless charging of electric buses using underground charging technology developed by Momentum Dynamics. The agency says this wireless charging technology will become more important as it transitions its fleet from clean diesel to electric. Kitsap Transit now operates two electric buses and plans to have a fleet of 30 electric buses by the end of 2024.

“In addition to being the first transit system in Western Washington to deploy Momentum’s in-floor charging technology, Kitsap Transit will be the first wireless charging installation, in the United States, that conceals totally power electronics and switching gear into the design and removes cabinets from the transit platform,” said Todd Daniel, director of transit solutions for Momentum Dynamics. “This unique design offers an approach Clean Streets “for battery electric vehicle charging and is truly innovative engineering.”

The new Silverdale Transit Center is expected to open in fall 2023.

Melvin Z. Madore