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The Bremerton Transportation Center serves:
+ The Washington State Ferries Bremerton to Seattle route, including passenger only decks and automobile and larger vehicles on the lower decks.
+ Kitsap Transit passenger only ferries from Bremerton to Port Orchard and from Bremerton to Annapolis
+ Kitsap Transit bus routes serving the Bremerton area. Connecting bus routes go as far north as Silverdale, with further connections linking Silverdale with Poulsbo. Further connections from there lead to Port Townsend.
+ Mason Transit has a single bus route that connects the Belfair area with Bremerton several times each work weekday and Saturdays.
The facility is on two levels. If you are taking your car onto the ferry, you enter through a gate where you pay the fee for taking your car across. Almost the entire lower area of the ferry terminal is dedicated to the waiting area for vehicles to get on the ferry.
On the lower level of the structure, further towards the water, you will find a concrete walkway that runs along the water. This connects the ferry terminal with the marina and several other locations. Directly towards the water from this walkway is the segment of the ferry terminal that is reserved for the small passenger only ferries to Port Orchard or Annapolis. Currently, these ferry routes depart every half hour on weekdays.
The upper level of the Bremerton Transportation Center is dedicated to passenger boarding, as passengers without vehicles board the Washington State Ferries on the upper decks at this facility. There is a small indoor waiting room with seats where Kitsap Transit has its ticket and customer service office. Passengers for the ferries wait in a long glass corridor without seats, but you don't necessarily have to wait in line there. You can have a seat inside or outside the facility, and when the ferry arrives you know they will start boarding soon. Announcements will be made indoors so that you can sit in the Kitsap Transit section of the facility. All waiting in line in the corridor does is guarantee that you will be one of the first to board, in the event that you want one particular seat over the several hundred available on the ferry.
There are stairs and an elevator on the northeast side of the transportation center to get people between the upper and lower levels of the facility. If you are coming off of the ferry, go into the passenger terminal, turn right when you get to the end of the walkway from the ferry to the building itself. You will then enter a waiting room with a number of seats, and the Kitsap Transit Customer Service desk. Go all the way to the end of this room. Here you will go outside to find the staircase going down, or the elevator going down. The restrooms are also located at this end of the building.
As the upper level of the transportation center is where the passengers board and disembark the Washington State Ferries, that is also where the buses go when they come to the transitportation center. There is a long ramp on each side of the ferry terminal to get the buses to this upper level.
Also located on the ramps on each end of the building are sidewalks connecting the upper level of the building to the surrounding area, including stores and restaurants on the northeast side of the building, and a public park and museum on the southwest side of the building.
The main photo for this tip shows the Bremerton Transportation Center as it appeared on October 7, 2011, and as seen from downtown Bremerton. The upper level of the transportation center is where you see the buses, and this is the passenger area of the terminal. The ramp going down is actually the exiting area for vehicles that have come off the ferry. At the left side of the building you will see a covered glass area. This is where the stairs going down to the lower walkway are located. The waiting area with seating is in the waiting room of the main building, just to the right of this glassed in area. Passengers to and from the Washington State Ferries board and alight from the end of the building that is to the right. Further right and off the side of the photo is the Harborside Fountain Park and Puget Sound Navy Museum. Further left and off the side of the photo there is a hotel, several restaurants and a store.
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