SolTrans Unveils Buses of the Future

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

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