THE SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH APRIL – AUGUST, 2016
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In an effort to support the community and the arts in Vallejo, SolTrans will be offering free rides every 2nd Friday of the month on April (8th), May (13th), June (10th), July (8th) and August (12th) from 4 PM until the last bus of the evening (local fixed routes only) just by showing your “Art Passport” for the event. Visit the Vallejo Art Walk website at www.VallejoArtWalk.com.
Please don’t tag your Clipper card. Clipper cards tagged during the promotion will be charged the regular fare.
**Please note that the Free rides are not available for Solano Express Multi-Zone routes.**
CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE PASSPORT:
2nd Friday Vallejo Art Walk Passport 2016
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Sunday, March 27, 2016
SolTrans buses will NOT operate on March 27, 2016 Easter Sunday.
Regular service will resume on Monday, March 28, 2016.
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Route 80 may experience delays during the Caltrans scheduled maintenance. Please plan accordingly. More information is available at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/carquinezzampabridgesmaint/
20160321 I80 Carquinezzampa Traffic Advisory
20160325 I80 Carquinezzampa Traffic Advisory
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22nd 2016
Contact: Alan Price, firstname.lastname@example.org
SolTrans Orders First 2 Electric Buses
Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has made an historic decision to purchase two forty foot zero
emission electric buses from the global electric vehicle leader BYD Coach & Bus. Delivery of
their first two battery electric transit buses is expected in the summer of 2016. “This is an
historic moment for Solano County,” said Mona Babauta, Executive Director of SolTrans. “This
decision, supported by the SolTrans Board of Directors, is an excellent example of the
forward thinking attitude towards technology and transportation that contributes to making
Solano County a great place to live.”
The electric buses are to be built by Southern California bus manufacturer BYD Coach & Bus, the U.S.
based manufacturing arm of global electric vehicle leader, BYD Motors. The BYD K9 40 foot bus is the
most popular electric bus platform on earth, with more than 6,000 now running in revenue
service in cities from Los Angeles, to London and Hong Kong. “Our decision to go electric
includes taking positive steps towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing our dependence
on petroleum, and cleaner air,” continued Babauta, in addition “these buses are
whisper-quiet, and will drastically reduce noise pollution along their daily routes.” BYD
Coach & Bus Vice President Macy Neshati commented, “all of us at BYD Coach and Bus are
thrilled to be working with SolTrans, they are a first-class transit agency, and are taking a
bold step in leading the way on zero emission technology.”
BYD’s Battery Electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in house by a staff of
more than 15,000 R&D engineers and includes the BYD Iron Phosphate battery which boasts the only
12-year-battery warranty in the in dustry. Combined with BYD’s proprietary in-wheel hub motors
and regenerative braking system, the BYD battery electric bus offers the lowest life cycle cost
of ownership. The BYD electric bus delivers a host of operational and environmental benefits
for public transit riders, bus operators and residents of the community – it is very quiet and
ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations, jerks or the noise associated with the conventional buses and combustion engines. The bus can also drive for more than 155 miles, even in heavy city traffic, on a single charge. As of April 1st, 2015, BYD bus fleets have completed greater than 100 million miles “in revenue service” and have been evaluated by more than 150 cities in 36 countries around the world. To date, BYD has built over 7,000 electric buses globally, making it by far the most popular electric transit vehicle on the planet.
ABOUT BYD Motors Inc.:
BYD Motors Inc. is an American manufacturing company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of
BYD Company Ltd., the largest domestic auto-manufacturer and electric-bus manufacturer in China.
BYD is a publicly traded company, with the Hong Kong listed stock 60% of which is owned by
U.S. investors, and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway as the largest single shareholder at 9.9%.
BYD K9 40ft battery-electric transit bus which will be delivered to SolTrans Q3 2016 (Photo: Business Wire)
Solano County Transit (SolTrans) is the public transportation provider for the cities of Benicia
and Vallejo. SolTrans provides local fixed route bus, regional express bus, complementary
paratransit, dial-a-ride service, and subsidized taxi programs. We deliver safe, reliable and
efficient transportation services that link people, jobs, and our communities. The agency is a
Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that is governed by a six-member Board of Directors. The Board is
composed of two representatives from each member city, Solano County’s representative on the
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and a representative from the Solano Transportation Authority.
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Effective Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 8:30 pm
Cubic will be updating the Clipper program. The update process will affect the Clipper website (both desktop and mobile versions) and the Clipper phone system.
The update process will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29th. While the process is expected to take approximately 6 hours, the website and phone outages may last until 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.
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SolTrans will be unveiling a prized piece of art by local artist, Mark Eanes, on March 23, 2016. Mark’s piece is entitled, “Wheel of Time,” and it will be prominently placed at the front entrance of SolTrans’ Operations and Maintenance Facility located at 1850 Broadway in the City of Vallejo. He describes this piece as “a historical narrative of South Solano County’s mass transit program for over a century.”
As the Agency unveils this piece to the public, Mark wants to ensure that credit is given to James Kern, Executive Director of Vallejo Naval Historical Museum and Elizabeth d’Huart of Benicia’s Camel Barn Museum. They were both very generous with their time and resources, and this piece could not have been done without them.
To provide some background into the creation of “Wheel of Time,” SolTrans issued a Call to Artists in the fall of 2015 for public art concepts for the building’s front entrance. “When employees and members of the public enter our new and improved facility, we want to greet them with a beautiful piece of art that speaks to the mission of SolTrans, which is to provide “safe, reliable, and efficient transportation services that effectively link people, jobs, and our communities,” noted SolTrans Executive Director, Mona Babauta. She further emphasized, “There’s a lot of incredible talent in our local community. So, we only invited artists from Vallejo and Benicia to participate in the Call, and we were far from disappointed when the submissions came pouring into our office.”
In fact, custom artwork was submitted for consideration by over 20 local artists. Mark Eanes was announced as the winner this past November.
“All of the artists’ submissions were beautiful and impactful; it was so hard to pick just one.” stated Mandi Renshaw, Program Analyst with SolTrans and a member of the selection panel, which unanimously chose Mark Eanes’ piece. The selection panel, of which Renshaw was a member, was composed of artists, a member of the public, SolTrans employees, as well as Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson and Vallejo Councilmember Jess Malgapo, both of whom are also SolTrans Board Members.
Mark Eanes is a painter, printmaker, photographer, curator, and educator who has been living and working in Benicia over the last 20 years. Mark is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He has been an active member of the Benicia community, and is the former president of Arts Benicia (a non-profit arts organization) where he continues to serve on its Board of Directors. He has shown his paintings throughout California, as well as nationally and internationally. His most recent project is a twenty-five foot mural installed at the new wing of Vallejo’s Kaiser Hospital. His work may be found in numerous private and corporate collections.
The public is invited to attend the unveiling on Wednesday, March 23rd at 5:00 p.m., at the SolTrans O&M Facility, at 1850 Broadway in Vallejo.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Mark Eanes and the other extraordinary local artists who participated in SolTrans’ Call to Artists.
Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has been the public transportation provider for south Solano County since July 2011. SolTrans provides local and regional fixed routes, complementary paratransit, dial-a-ride service, and subsidized taxi programs. The agency is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that is governed by a six-member Board of Directors, composed of two representatives from the cities of Benicia and Vallejo, Solano County’s representative on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and a representative from the Solano Transportation Authority.
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Effective March 9th, 2016 for permits purchased for March, April or May 2016
Purchase a Monthly Parking Permit for the SolTrans Curtola Park & Ride Hub and receive $40 off your 31-Day Solano Express (Multi-Zone) Pass.
How to receive your discount:
(1) Purchase a Monthly Parking Permit for March, April or May
(2) Present your confirmation email (digital or hardcopy) at the Vallejo Transit Center Ticket Office
(3) Receive $40 off your 31-Day Solano Express (Multi-Zone) Pass purchase
One discounted pass per parking permit. One time only. Not valid with Clipper.
Posted under Promotions
SolTrans Routes 3, 78 and 80 will serve the new Hub while maintaining the current schedule and existing stops. However, Route 3 will no longer serve the Lemon and Carlson Street stop, but will utilize the Hub instead.
Please be mindful of the new traffic environments on Lemon Street and Curtola Parkway.
Click here for information on obtaining parking permits.
Transit Service Resumes at CP&R
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The signal lights at the SolTrans Curtola Park & Ride Hub are now operational. Please be mindful of the new traffic environments on Lemon Street and Curtola Parkway.
New signal light on Curtola Parkway
You may see buses turning into the transit platform, as we commence our safety run-throughs.
Stay tuned for more information on the restoration of transit service at this facility!
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