BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A new ferry service is now carrying passengers between Bremerton and downtown Seattle.

Kitsap Transit launched the passenger-only Bremerton Fast Ferry with early sailings Monday morning.

The ferry can carry about 118 passengers. The crossing time is about 28 minutes. The ferry runs on weekdays and Saturdays.

Kitsap Transit is planning a network of fast passenger-only ferries across Puget Sound after voters approved a local sales tax increase in November. Voters approved raising the sales tax by three-tenths of 1 percent to pay for the ferries.

The plan calls for six ferries to run between Kitsap County and downtown Seattle over the next several years.

Service between Kingston and Seattle is expected in 2018, followed by service between Southworth and Seattle in 2020.

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