Transportation & Shipping

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Kitsap County is connected to major shipping routes via land, sea, and air. Accessible local highways give businesses fast access to Tacoma, Seattle, and interstate trucking routes. Commercial vehicles, with some restrictions, are also welcome aboard Washington State ferries.


Washington State Ferries travel from four Kitsap terminals, making access to suppliers, workforce, visitors, customers a less stressful trip that those on crowded freeways.

  • Seattle-Bainbridge
  • Seattle-Bremerton
  • Edmonds-Kingston
  • Southworth-West Seattle

Kitsap Transit foot ferry makes the commute between Port Orchard and Bremerton shorter and avoids traffic.

Highway Connections

  • State Highway 16 south to Tacoma over the Narrows Bridge, spanning the Tacoma Narrows.
  • State Highway 3 southwest to Shelton and on to Olympia, the state capital.
  • State Highway 3 northwest across the Hood Canal Bridge to the scenic Olympic Peninsula and its centuries-old rain forests in Olympic National Park.

International, Commercial and Commuter Airports

Rail Service

  • Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad, owned by Rail America and headquartered in Elma, Washington, provides rail service to a number of locations in the southern and central portions of Kitsap County, including Olympic View Industrial Park, adjacent to Bremerton National Airport. The railway’s routes are:
    • Bremerton Jct – Bremerton, WA (4.6 miles)
    • Centralia – Elma – Aberdeen – Hoquiam, WA (73.5 miles)
    • Elma – Shelton – Bremerton Jct – Bangor, WA (68 miles)
    • Centralia (Lakeside Siding) – Chehalis, WA
    • Chehalis – Curtis, WA
    • Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad routes intersect in Centralia with BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad; and in Shelton with Simpson Timber Company’s railway line.

Water Transport

  • Kitsap County has expedited access to three deep-water ports in Grays HarborSeattle and Tacoma
  • Multiple marinas throughout the county create welcoming havens for boaters and tour boats

Parcel Carriers

  • Several private trucking lines serve the county, carrying supplies in and  product out
  • Federal Express and United Parcel Service have distribution centers in Bremerton, servicing the entire county
  • Commuter air cargo is also available from Bremerton National Airport to Seattle Tacoma International airport.
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