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News Roundup -- Bus fares go up on Feb. 1/Bowl ticket snatched up /Rescue was a tall order/

Bus fares go up on Feb. 1

It’s official: Kitsap Transit bus fares go up Wednesday.

Cash fares for regular routed bus service will increase from $1 to $1.25, and from 50 cents to 60 cents with a Reduced Fare ID. ACCESS and Dial-a-Ride fares will increase from $1 to $1.50. Passes go up to $31.50 for a regular monthly pass and $15 for a reduced fare pass.

The fare increase was approved Dec. 20 by Kitsap Transit’s Board of Commissioners

Bus transfers will also change. Formerly good for two -hours, transfers will now only be accepted at designated transfer points, and are valid for a free ride on the next available bus traveling in the same direction. Transfers will be given upon boarding to riders paying with cash or presenting a valid transfer.

For information on new fares for other Kitsap Transit services, call (800) 501-7433 or see www.kitsaptransit.org/NewFareStructure2-1-06.html.

Bowl ticket snatched up

Before a bidding war could break out, Franklin Chu’s Super Bowl ticket was grabbed for $5,000.

Now the self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Hope” for Caring Connection: Bainbridge to the Bayous, is ready to do more to help the residents of Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, La.

“Perhaps now I can sell autographs to raise more funds,” Chu said. “This project hopefully will be a long-term relationship building program.”

Chu, a Seattle Seahawks season ticket holder, earned the Super Bowl ticket in a team lottery, but put it up to auction to raise money for hurricane relief.

He immediately had a buyer, a fellow member of Bethany Lutheran Church and a part-time Florida resident, who wrote a $5,000 check to Abbeville’s St. Anne Catholic Church Hurricane Relief fund.

Chu then turned his attention to preparations for his Feb. 1 departure for Louisiana, where he and Kevin Dwyer, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, will unload the Hill Moving truck that brought goods donated by the Bainbridge community.

Rescue was a tall order

Bainbridge firefighters used the ladder truck to rescue an injured construction worker from a Vineyard Lane condo development Tuesday.

The worker suffered a broken femur. He was working on the fourth story of a partially built condo when a half-dozen wall panels tipped over and trapped his leg.

Firefighters were dispatched to the construction site off State Route 305 just before 11:30 a.m.

Fifteen members of the department, including the special operations rescue team, helped extract and stabilize the injured worker within 20 minutes.

The worker, who was conscious and talking with firefighters, was flown by helicopter to Harborview hospital in Seattle for further treatment of an injury firefighters considered non-life-threatening.

The department’s three-year-old ladder truck was a vital part of the rescue operation, said Fire Chief Jim Walkowski.

“The ladder truck is the ideal tool (for) rescues like this one,” he said. “It’s one of the reasons we bought it.”

Firefighters used a large, two-person basket attachment, which alowed firefighters to avoid pullting the approximately 250-pound worker through narrow passageways and scaffolding, Walkowski said.

—Tristan Baurick

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