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NOTICE: SolTrans Internet & Phone Lines Down

Effective March 28, 2019 11:00 AM – Until Further Notice

SolTrans is experiencing an internet and phone outage. This is impacting our Scheduling, Dispatch and Customer Service lines. Our IT has been fervently working on fixing the issue. We will keep you posted.

For those of you trying to reach us by phone, please stay on the line to leave a voicemail and our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Press Release: SolTrans Welcomes New Board Member

SolTrans New Board Member Robert McConnell

McConnell Press Release

Vallejo, CA – On Thursday, March 21, the SolTrans Board and staff welcomed a new member to their board, Vallejo City Council Member Robert McConnell.
The SolTrans Board is comprised of a six-member Board of Directors with four City Council members from Benicia and Vallejo and two members from regional planning agencies boards of directors, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and the Solano Transportation Authority (STA).
Councilmember McConnell has been serving as on the Vallejo City Council since 2011 and has been very active in the community since being elected.
“We are very excited to have Council member McConnell on our board and anxious to have his input.” said Beth Kranda, SolTrans Executive Director.
Congratulations to Councilmember McConnell on his recent appointment.
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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Spring Newsletter

Here is our latest edition, just click on the masthead to download the PDF Newsletter.

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Sereno Tree Lighting/Open House & Transit Center Beautification Project

Some images from our holiday open house and Transit Center Beautification Project

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Employee profile

John Sanderson


Q: John,  everyone is anxious to meet you and find out more so why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

A: I grew up in the East Bay, in Albany, and went to college at City College of San Francisco and then SF State. I started out studying graphic design, before switching my major to political science. I mostly listen to Classic Rock now, and some Heavy Metal, but in the early-mid-nineties, I was a huge U2 fan. I live in Richmond. I’m married with two dogs and a cat. In my free time, I like exploring the East Bay hills, cooking, and woodworking.

Q: We know you came from transit, but where and how does it compare to SolTrans?

A: Before SolTrans I worked at SamTrans (San Mateo County Transit) for a number of years, and at the San Francisco Paratransit broker’s office before that. Each agency has its own unique culture and way of doing things. In general, at a smaller agency you work on a wide variety of tasks and at a larger one, you specialize a bit more. For me, that makes it much more interesting to work for a smaller agency like SolTrans. There is also a big difference in perspective between the public agency and private contractor sides of the industry, both of which I’ve experienced. I think both sides bring something valuable to the table, and it’s important to understand and engage with both viewpoints, to get the best results.

Q: Why SolTrans?

A: When the opportunity to work at SolTrans came across my radar, it just looked too good to pass up. It’s exciting to be working for an agency where I feel like the things I do can have a real impact. SolTrans is obviously a very young agency, but I think we’re ready to take some big steps in a number of interesting areas. We’re small enough to be nimble, which presents some fun possibilities, and we’re very lucky to have a Board of Directors who are forward-thinking and supportive of our trying new things. We also have a fantastic staff, and a great partnership with our contractor, so I think we’re well positioned to do some amazing things in the near future. I’m really looking forward to seeing what SolTrans becomes over the next few years and being a part of that.

Q: What are some of your goals for your tenure here at SolTrans?

A: I hope to help SolTrans as it modernizes and grows into itself a bit. Being a very small agency, and a young one, a lot of our processes are still being defined. I generally take a result-oriented but process-focused approach to things – I’m interested in how well the process supports the desired result, and look for any areas that can be streamlined or simplified. Overall, I think SolTrans basically does a good job, given the resources we have available. I’d like to help SolTrans get to the next level by updating a few of our policies and procedures, seeing that they’re aligned with our overall goals, and making sure our team is well equipped to be successful at whatever we do. I’d also like to strengthen SolTrans’ ties to the rest of the Bay Area transit scene, both to bring back good ideas and to share whatever we learn along the way.

Q: Any other thoughts you want to share about the goals and changes you plan to do?

A: Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was built to last. The public transit industry is changing quickly – by public transit industry standards. I think now is an important time to look hard at “the way we’ve always done it” and determine as objectively as possible if we’re doing it the right way, or at least in the best way available to us now. It’s important to remember that what comes next requires both motivation and patience. Lasting change often feels painfully slow, but you can’t always see the full effect until you look back toward where you started. I think the real test of our success now will be to look back in a few years and see the progress that SolTrans has made from today.

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Rider Story

Courtney Rucker

One of Vallejo’s newer residents is also one of SolTrans newest riders. Courtney Rucker moved to Vallejo in 2017 from San Diego to take biology classes at Solano Community College (SCC), She would like to become a surgical oncologist. Attracted to SCC’s program and having family in Vallejo helped make her decision to move here much easier. Not having her own car presented an opportunity and SolTrans offered the solution for her to get to and from SCC, around Solano county, and the Bay Area.

SolTrans is particularly attractive for SCC students because they are able to access the various bus systems in Solano county via an SCC program that pays for their fares via their student fees, therefore they are able to ride for no additional costs. SolTrans allows Courtney to get to school and to work with nothing more than her student ID. Which is a great incentive to take public transportation for all of the SCC student body. So, far the SolTrans has been a great way for her to get around and she likes the MyStop mobile phone application that allows her to see where the bus is in real time.

While SolTrans is a great way for her to get around, Courtney does have some suggestions for us. She would like to see the buses run later and more frequently. SolTrans is already hard at work on both of those suggestions. Later service hours and redesigning routes for more efficient service proposals are currently out for public comment for summer 2019 changes . Courtney will be graduating this spring so she will not be able to enjoy those changes to get to and from SCC but hopefully, she will be able to ride the New Red Line as she continues her education at UC Berkley this fall.

Keep up the hard work Courtney and SolTrans will keep working hard for you and the rest of the Vallejo/Benicia communities.

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Red Line Coming Soon

Today, SolTrans’ Route 80 runs between the Vallejo Transit Center (VTC) and the El Cerrito del Norte BART station, and Route 85 runs between VTC and Fairfield. This summer Routes 80 and 85 will merge to form the new Red Line, which will provide service between Fairfield/Suisun and El Cerrito del Norte BART via VTC hourly and will continue to provide service between VTC and El Cerrito del Norte BART more frequently during commute hours.

After the change, patrons will be able to take a one-seat, single-fare ride from El Cerrito del Norte BART to Fairfield. Stops along the Route will include Curtola Park and Ride, VTC, Six Flags Crest Via Hwy 37, Solano Community College, Fairfield Transportation Center, Suisun Amtrak Station and Solano Town Center Mall.
The new Red Line service will begin operating between El Cerrito del Norte BART and VTC on Sunday, June 30. Service from El Cerrito del Norte BART to Fairfield will begin on Monday, July 1.

Customers can find out more at http://www.soltransride.com/planning/solanoexpress-corridor-study/

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SolTrans Requests Public Feedback: COA Proposed Local Route and Service Changes

On Monday, January 21, 2019 SolTrans released the Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA): Proposed Local Route and Service Changes with a request for public comments. The proposed changes affect Routes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 20, as well as Benicia General Public Dial-A-Ride and include a proposal to increase service hours on local routes until 9:00 p.m. weekdays.

The route and service proposals are the result of a comprehensive study that began in July 2018. The proposed changes are a result of three working papers that began with a study of the demographics of Benicia and Vallejo, an analysis of the productivity of current local service with public input gathered from various meetings held last summer, and a proposal of service alternatives.

SolTrans would like to invite the public to comment on the proposed route and service changes during the public comment period between January 21st and March 21st, 2019. Information about the proposed changes can be found by clicking COA: Proposed Route and Service Change, Request for Public Comment from the SolTrans website homepage. A summary is available in print from the Vallejo Transit Center Ticket office at 311 Sacramento Street, Vallejo.

To learn about and comment on the proposed changes, attend a Community Meeting workshop at fixed meeting locations within Benicia and Vallejo or talk with staff on the bus during one of the many Bus Town Hall rides.  A list of available workshops can be found from the Community Meetings link from the website page mentioned above.  Information about the changes may be obtained, or comments submitted, by emailing info@soltransride.com, calling Customer Service at 707-648-4666, or by completing the comment form at the bottom of each page of the website.

 

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Special Discount Fares and Promotions

March:

  • 2nd Fridays Art Walk FREE Rides through August with your Art Walk Passport- 4 p.m.- end of local service

April:

  • Earth Day at downtown Vallejo Farmer’s Market-Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • Earth Day at Solano Community College Fairfield- Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • 2nd Fridays Art Walk FREE Rides through August with your Art Walk Passport – 4 p.m.- end of local service

May:

  • Bike to Work Day SolTrans hosted Energizer Station- Friday, May 17, 2019 6:30 a.m.- 10 a.m.
  • Benicia Open Studios special event shuttle- Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2019 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Benicia Memorial Day Ceremony Community Shuttle- Monday, May 27, 2019, 7:45 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • 2nd Fridays Art Walk FREE Rides through August with your Art Walk Passport – 4 p.m.- end of local service

June:

  • Pista Sa Nayon at the Vallejo Waterfront Green- Saturday, June 1, 2019 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Juneteenth at Martin Luther King Jr. Park Vallejo- Saturday, June 15, 209 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Summer Slice Reduced Youth Passes- Fare promotion June 10- August 31, 2019
  • New Red Line- Effective Sunday, June 30, 2019
  • 2nd Fridays Art Walk FREE Rides through August with your Art Walk Passport- 4 p.m.- end of local service

 

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