When? July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 or until supplies last
What? Buy One Get One Free Solano Express 31-Day Pass
Who? You are eligible to apply if you:
- Live or work in Contra Costa County.
- Are 18 years of age or older.
- Would otherwise drive alone to/from work if SolTrans Routes 78 or 80 were not available.
- Agree to complete a post-program survey to determine the effectiveness of this promotion.
To download the application, click HERE
- One free pass per person and per household during promotion period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 while funding is available.
- SolTrans must serve your home-to-work and/or work-to-home commute.
- Please be advised verification of the information you provide may be required.
- SolTrans and 511 Contra Costa reserve the right to make any changes to the rules or to terminate this promotion at any time without prior notification.
- If you have participated in 511 Contra Costa BOGO or Drive Less incentive program during the promotion period, you are not eligible for this BOGO offer.
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The SolTrans buses of the future have arrived, and they’re here to get you across Solano County, Contra Costa County and beyond in clean and efficient comfort.
You might have noticed a new look to several of the SolanoExpress commuter coaches, a new fleet of green, white and silver commuter buses with a sleek and ultramodern design. These new SolTrans commuter coach buses are here for the long haul, making the lengthy intercity trips across Solano County and to BART, the San Francisco Bay Ferry, Amtrak and downtown San Francisco.
The arrival of these new SolanoExpress commuter coaches was quickly followed by the unveiling of SolTrans’ zero-emission, all-electric buses at the groundbreaking of a fueling station facility that will help transition from diesel-fueled buses to buses that run on compressed natural gas. These new and improved buses are all part of SolTrans’ ongoing effort to upgrade its transit fleet to a cleaner, greener, more fuel-efficient ride.
You’ll notice these new taller, longer commuter coaches on Interstate 80 to Fairfield, crossing the Carquinez Bridge to El Cerrito del Norte, on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge to Pleasant Hill or Walnut Creek BART, and on the Bay Bridge to San Francisco. These are the SolanoExpress routes—the I-80 Express, the I-680 Express, the Fairfield Express and the late-night San Francisco Express. And they’re being upgraded with a spotless new batch of commuter coach vehicles that make trips of more than 30 miles—in style and with affordable fares.
The upgraded, modernized buses on the Route 85 Fairfield Express connect Vallejo and Fairfield, and run Monday through Saturday. With stops at the Serano Transit Center, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Solano Community College Fairfield campus and the Fairfield Transit Center, the Route 85 gets you between Fairfield and Vallejo in well under an hour at just $5 for a one-way fare.
The new modern buses are also found on the lines of the Route 80 I-80 Express connecting the Vallejo Transit Center to the upper East Bay with service to El Cerrito del Norte BART. Also just $5 for a one-way fare, the Route 80 runs seven days a week with additional stops at the Serano Transit Center and the Vallejo Transit Center’s Curtola Park & Ride.
For BART connections in central Contra Costa County, the Route 78 I-680 Express connects Vallejo and Benicia to both the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill BART stations. Additional stops include the Curtola Park & Ride and City Park in Benicia, with select routes stopping at Pleasant Hill’s Diablo Valley College.The Route 78 also runs seven days a week, with one-way trips just $5.
For late-night San Francisco Bay commuters, there’s a last-chance SolanoExpress option when you’ve missed or can’t make the last San Francisco Bay Ferry of the evening. The newly added Route 82 is a lifesaver, adding late-night service between Vallejo and downtown San Francisco on weeknights. Departing the Vallejo Transit Center at 9:25 p.m., the Route 82 arrives at the San Francisco Transbay Terminal at 10:18 p.m., then at 10:30 p.m. heads back toward the Vallejo Transit Center, with a final stop at the Sereno Transit Center at 11:38 p.m. Additional stops in both directions include the Curtola Park & Ride and El Cerrito del Norte BART station.
The new SolanoExpress commuter coaches are sleek, comfortable and super high-tech for your long trips from Solano County across the Bay Area. More of these modern commuter coaches will be added to the SolanoExpress fleet soon, and the zero-emission electric buses are beginning to arrive. Those silver, white and green buses are green in more ways than one, and money you’ll save on these intercity trips will go a long, long way.
Story Contributors: Joe Kukura and Gayle Peterson
Posted under Our Stories
SolTrans Press Release: Beth Kranda to Head Agency
July 24, 2017
Vallejo, California — The Board of Directors of Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has announced the selection of Beth Kranda as its new Executive Director, effective August 28, 2017.
Kranda’s appointment follows a nationwide search and she succeeds Mona Babauta who left in April for a position with Golden Gate Transit.
“We are extremely pleased to have found a new Executive Director with the knowledge of transit operations and funding issues of Ms. Kranda,” said Bob Sampayan, SolTrans Board Chair. “Her expertise in mobility solutions for senior citizens, persons with disabilities and persons of low income will be invaluable for our agency.”
Kranda brings a wealth of experience to her new role. She currently serves as Deputy Director of Transit, the City of Santa Rosa’s senior transit position. There, Kranda is responsible for over 70 employees, a $14 million capital and operating budget, 32 fixed route vehicles and 13 paratransit vehicles.
Previously, she served for five years as the CEO of Valley Transportation Services (VTrans) in San Bernardino County and was responsible for the start up of the agency, hiring all staff, and developing a robust program of services. Under her leadership, VTrans received a National Association of Counties (NACO) achievement award in 2014 and was named by the California Transit Association as “Transit Agency of the Year” in 2015.
In addition to her work at VTrans, Kranda served as a Transit Analyst at the San Bernardino Associated Governments for five years. There she worked closely with six transit agencies in developing projects and funding packages and plans with direct responsibility for local, state and federal transportation funds and projects including Federal Transit Administration and CalTrans grant programs. Kranda also served as the Assistant Transportation Manager with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority and had oversight for over three hundred Metro division operators and six supervisors.
“I am excited to work with the SolTrans Board of Directors and the dedicated professional staff in ensuring that SolTrans will remain a central and accessible service within the Vallejo and Benicia communities,” remarked Kranda. “SolTrans has done an amazing job in not only modernizing their facilities and bus fleet, but also working with the community in growing the agency and adapting to the needs of riders.”
Kranda has served as an elected member of the CalACT Board of Directors and is also an active member of the American Public Transportation Association, California Transit Association and the Community Transportation Association of America. She holds a MBA from University of Redlands.
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 August 1, 2017 through May 31, 2019
Bus Bay Reassigned, Route 80/82
Due to construction at the El Cerrito del Norte BART station, AC Transit will be temporarily reassigned to SolTrans Bus Bay #2 until May 2019.
SolTrans Route 80/82 will continue to use SolTrans Bus Bay #1.
Posted under Service Alerts
Effective Monday, July 10, 2017
Temporary Detour Route 7 Westbound
Due to City of Vallejo repairs to a water main, Route 7 Westbound will detour temporarily and will not serve the Redwood at Admiral Callaghan Lane (824001) stop. Please use Redwood at Foothill (824043) instead.
Route 7 is scheduled to resume regular service on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
Posted under Service Alerts
UPDATE: CHP has reopened all I-80 Westbound lanes. Route 80/82 Southbound will no longer detour. Please expect residual delays.
Due to car accidents with injuries on westbound I-80 east of San Pablo Dam Road in San Pablo, all westbound I-80 lanes have been closed. Route 80/82 Southbound will temporarily detour, please expect delays.
Posted under Service Alerts