Why do we have a Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners and what does it do?
The Kitsap Transit Board of Commissioners meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the first-floor Council Chambers of the Norm Dicks Government Center in downtown Bremerton. In 2013, the Board is scheduled to first meet at 9:00 a.m. for a Study Session, followed by a 10:15 a.m. Board Meeting. There will be no Transit Board meetings in August this year.
The 10-member Board is comprised of nine elected officials and a non-voting member who represents the agency's labor unions, as required by state law.
The nine elected officials are:
The nine elected officials serve Transit Board terms commensurate to the term of their elective office, except for the non-voting and at-large Board members; they serve for two-year terms.
The Board also has three active sub-committees: Finance & Personnel, Planning and Passenger-Only Ferry Sub-Committee. In 2013, these are scheduled to meet the last Friday of every month at the main KT offices next to the Bremerton ferry terminal. Information on the sub-committees can be found by clicking on the links above.
The Transit Board is a policy-making board. In addition to considering a variety of operational topics, ranging from large bus purchases to software upgrades, it also deliberates on policy issues such as how much Routed or ACCESS service the agency puts on the street.
In terms of basic transit agency operations, unbudgeted items that will cost more than $50,000 must go to the board for approval. The Transit Board also considers items like:
Each month, the board receives written monthly progress reports on agency finances, ridership and fuel costs. The board also hears reports about upcoming/ongoing projects such as the KT's participation in the regional Smart Card or ORCA program, the results of customer service surveys in ACCESS or what is going on at the Legislature that affects KT. The board also fulfills required duties like holding public hearings on required state reports like KT's Transit Development Plan or the required federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise plan.
Finally, the board provides direction in making or changing policies about topics such as Routed and ACCESS service levels, employee compensation, the extent to which the agency allows the use of VanLink vanpools and what constitutes a prudent reserve.
All board meetings are public and anyone may attend. You can read and download board meeting agendas and materials at the links above.
If you have any questions about the Board, its sub-committees or the agency, please contact KT's Clerk of the Board, Cathie Knox-Browning, at (360) 478-6230 or via email at email@example.com.
May 13, 2013
Phone: (360) 373-2877 or 1-800-501-RIDE