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Letters To The Editor
Toll increase adds up fast for bus company

To whom It May Concern:

The headlines of the February 1, 2013 edition of the Kitsap Sun indicate “Bridge tolls set to rise again.” This means that if tolls are increased as projected, our busses will pay a $4.50 crossing fee. Our busses cross the Narrows Bridge an average 25 times per day. Currently, the Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter, Inc. pays a $4.00 crossing fee, for an average total of $3100.00 per month. A $.50 increase will increase our fees to nearly $3500.00 per month.

Tolls were raised from $2.75 to $4.00 on July 1, 2012. Soon thereafter, the Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter, Inc. filed with the WUTC for a $0.25 increase in our fares to recover the increase in tolls (TC-120816). Our tariff increase request was suspended and an investigation was ordered. The WUTC subsequently denied the “pass through” increase citing the increase might injuriously affect the rights and interests of the public and would result in rates that are not fair, just, reasonable and sufficient and we were verbally told that we were currently in an “overearning” position. A quarter of a dollar? Our average passenger fare is $0.40 per mile, possibly the lowest in the nation. We subsequently withdrew our request for this increase in fares.

We will not request any further increase in fares if the proposed $0.50 toll increase is approved. It is not worth the time, effort and expense involved in doing so. Rather, a discounted future toll for Auto Transportation Companies and other frequent users would be greatly appreciated.

Richard E. Asche
President, Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter, Inc.

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