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Park-and-ride lots may solve traffic problem | Letters | Feb. 17
My recent experiences driving on Winslow Way, particularly during ferry loading/unloading, prompt me to dust off a proposal I first made 15 years ago.
To a person, nobody gave it the time of day – not politicians, not Kitsap Transit, nobody.
I propose two park and rides. One north and one south. I know potential locations and they are feasibly available.
The large buses would run continuously from these two locations. Numbers and frequencies to be determined. Anyone wishing to go to the bus turn-around at the ferry terminal could ride. Fee to be determined. Same for parking.
There would be a spot for drop off and also for area circulation buses to unload passengers in each park and ride.
Area circulation buses are those small buses which would circulate in and around the north and south ends picking up people to take them to the park and ride.
People who want to go to Winslow would have to walk to downtown from the bus area at the terminal. There could be some means for truly handicapped. Maybe a downtown circulation bus.
The city would lose the huge revenue from the Diamond lot. Diamond would lose even more. Parking rates would drop (they were $5.80 per month when I moved here 40 years ago).
Downtown merchants would likely see more traffic because parking would be somewhat alleviated.
I know this is a terrible idea. However, it was getting very dusty and I thought I should give it air and light.