It is with great sadness that SolTrans and National
Express Transit announces the passing of Keith O. Ward Jr. He has been part of
the team with SolTrans and National Express, helping to provide public
transportation in Vallejo and Benicia, for over a decade. Keith started with
the team as a driver and has transitioned from Analyst to Scheduler, during his
Keith was born in Mason City, Iowa in 1953 but grew
up in nearby Minnesota, where he developed a love for playing hockey. He
attended both Bob Jones University and the University of Minnesota. He had a
diverse background before joining the SolTrans team, which included working in
his uncle’s butcher shop, selling men’s clothing, driving a Trailways bus,
managing a lumber yard, and owning his own construction business. Whatever he
did, Keith did it passionately and loved coming to work every day.
Keith’s commitment to his job showed and he was
well regarded and respected by his co-workers and the public for his enthusiasm
to whatever task he was given. He will be long remembered for his kindness,
generosity, humor, and thoughtfulness to those around him and will be dearly missed
by his family, his friends and his co-workers. Keith leaves behind his parents,
his sister and two daughters.
SolTrans is excited to announce that they will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in National Get On Board Day on Thursday, April 25.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2019 National Get On Board Day is a day that encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits it brings to communities. Each weekday in the U.S., 34 million people board public transportation.
“Our riders are very important to us and we want to encourage everyone to ride with us on April 25 and join the millions of people across the nation celebrate their local public transportation. Our staff works hard to make our riders comfortable and safe and we will continue to strive to go that extra mile for them.” SolTrans Executive Director Beth Kranda said.
Public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.
For complete SolTrans bus routes and schedules please visit soltransride.com or call (707) 648-4666.
The annual Vallejo Art Walk is here again, and SolTrans has partnered with the artist community in an effort to support their event in downtown Vallejo. SolTrans will be offering free rides every 2nd Friday of the month on all local routes. SolTrans invites all to join the activities in downtown Vallejo on April (12th), May (10th), June (14th), July (12th), August (9th), September (13th), October (11th), November (8th), and December (13th) from 4 PM until the end of local bus service (local fixed-routes only) by showing your “Art Walk Passport” for the event. Riders can get an Art Walk Passport from the Vallejo Transit Center Ticket Office, Empress Theatre, the Visit Vallejo Kiosk at the Ferry Building and various galleries that will be open for the popular Art Walk.
The Art Walk is located in downtown Vallejo, a very walk-able distance from the Vallejo Transit Center. Just hop on one of the local routes with your Art Walk Passport to downtown Vallejo to be immersed in some of the best talent the Bay Area has to offer. The map showing the various stores, galleries and restaurants is available on the Art Walk’s website: vallejoartwalk.org.
Program Analyst for SolTrans, Mandi Renshaw had this to say about the Art Walk, “Our main focus at SolTrans is to encourage local ridership and to promote Vallejo’s monthly Local Artists Art Walk. By making it easier and more convenient for people to attend community events like the Art Walk, we hope to inspire people in the community to come out and experience them. We want to get you out and about in our community. We’re excited to be a part of Art Walk and other great, upcoming events in Vallejo.”
There are a couple exceptions to this promotion: the passport is not valid on SolanoExpress Routes; and Clipper riders and 31-Day pass holders should not tap their card if they are utilizing the promotion. Just present your Art Walk Passport and board.
For more information about the Art Walk visit the website, vallejoartwalk.org or their Facebook page Vallejo Art Walk. For complete SolTrans bus routes and schedules please visit soltransride.com or call (707) 648-4666.
In their continuing effort to make their transit centers and bus shelters clean, safe and attractive for the community, SolTrans has added some enhancements to Sereno Transit Center. This past week SolTrans added three beautiful planters filled with colorful, drought-tolerant perennials, more outlets for riders to charge their cell phones and more trash cans.
“We are pleased to be a member of the community and are committed to keeping our transit areas safe, accessible and beautiful,” stated Pat Carr, SolTrans General Services Manager. “We have further improvements planned for the Sereno site, including painting the four shelters, adding additional trash receptacles and converting two tall poles into LED lighting. Real-time signs that tell our riders exactly when their bus will be arriving are also on the horizon,” said Carr.
A big congratulations to SolTrans for their continued efforts to improve their riders’ comfort and safety!
For complete SolTrans bus routes and schedules please visit soltransride.com or call (707) 648-4666.
SolTrans is creating fiscal years 2020 through 2022 goals and is requesting feedback from Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms in the Vallejo and Benicia area. If you are a member of the DBE vendor community, we want to hear from you.
On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at 1600 Franklin Street (in the Board Room), Oakland, CA
You need not attend the event to provide input. Comments may be submitted via Comment Card
If you have any questions about the DBE process or would like the proposed goals sent to you, please contact the SolTrans DBE Liaison Officer Dennis Ybarra at (707) 736-6984. We look forward to hearing from you.
*It is the policy of the BOC members that small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals are provided equal opportunity to participate in the construction, professional service, and procurement activities of their agencies.
The new Clipper Card minimum balance will be $2.00 for Adult, Youth and Reduced Clipper card holders across the Napa- Solano County agencies.
Clipper cash is available on SolTrans Local and Outside County Express trips. Due to programming restraints Clipper is not available on Solano County Express Travel for cash fares nor passes. Visit SolTrans Fare Schedule for more information about the pass that best fits your travel plans.
Current scrip vouchers will be replaced with a pre-paid, refillable taxi debit card.
This change will provide ease and flexibility to pay for trips and purchase additional scrip.
You will no longer have to wait in line to purchase intercity taxi scrip.
ADA qualified, Ambulatory and non-Ambulatory riders will now have access to intercity transportation.
There is NO CHANGE to the cost for the program.
When will these changes take place?
July 2018, for ADA qualified SolTrans customers living in Benicia and Vallejo.
What do I have to do?
Current ADA qualified customers using Intercity Taxi Scrip need to call, email or stop by our Solano Mobility Call Center. We will need to confirm your information and issue you a pre-paid taxi debit card.
Solano Mobility Call Center: Weekdays 7am – 5pm Suisun City Train Depot, 177 Main Street, Suisun City
Solano Express Routes 78, 80 and 85 are operated by SolTrans in partnership with funding and support from the Solano Transportation Authority (STA). This new funding will provide new zero-emission electric buses to transit agency fleets throughout Solano County and more. Read STA’s press release below for more information. To sign up with STA to receive email updates, choose your subscriptions here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2018
Contact: Jayne Bauer
Marketing & Legislative Program Manager
*** MEDIA ADVISORY *** MEDIA ADVISORY ***
SUISUN CITY, CA – The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) yesterday announced a $10.788 million award of Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) funds to the Solano Transportation Authority for Solano regional transit improvements.
TIRCP funding is provided through Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and from the proceeds of the Cap and Trade program. The program provides major benefits towards meeting the State’s climate and air quality goals, with a total reduction of more than 32 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions. For complete details on SB 1 visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov.
“With resources such as the SolanoExpress regional bus service, two Capitol Corridor train stations, a ferry terminal, and connections to BART and Sacramento Regional Transit, Solano County will now have the opportunity to better integrate all of these services and offer convenient and reliable transit options to commuters,” said STA Board Chair and Mayor of Suisun City Pete Sanchez. “These funds will help considerably as we launch the SolanoExpress Phase 1 Implementation on July 1, which streamlines the system from 7 routes to 3, and improves performance and travel opportunities for our riders.”
Solano County sits at the heart of the northern California megaregion, between the Sacramento and San Francisco metropolitan areas, with many residents commuting 40+ miles each way to employment centers.
The SolanoExpress regional bus system is operated by STA in partnership with Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST) and Solano County Transit (SolTrans). This infusion of funding will increase frequency and reduce travel time on a restructured, zero-emission, electrified SolanoExpress system, capital improvements at three strategic locations, electrification of 13 buses in its long-haul fleet, and replacement of 14 aging diesel buses on the local system. SolanoExpress connects Solano County to Sacramento and a number of Bay Area communities including the Walnut Creek and El Cerrito del Norte BART stations, as well as the Vallejo Ferry Terminal.
Regional Measure 3 (RM 3) is an opportunity to fund the next generation of Bay Area transportation improvements—a package of 35 projects and programs to relieve traffic and enhance public transit in bridge corridors. Here is how it will help Solano County…
Solano County Projects
I‐80/I‐680/SR 12 Interchange – $150 M, Construction during fiscal year 2019‐2020
I‐80 Westbound Truck Scales – $105 M, Construction during fiscal year 2020‐2021
SR 37 Improvements – $100 M, Improvements at Mare Island and the Fairgrounds interchange
I‐80 HOV/Express Lanes – $75 M between Fairfield/Vacaville, Construction during fiscal year 2018‐2019
Regional Transit Benefits
San Francisco Bay Ferry – Capital and service improvements for Vallejo (doubles frequency between Vallejo/San Francisco)
Capitol Corridor – Improve frequency to Fairfield‐Suisun and Fairfield‐Vacaville train stations
New SolanoExpress – Buses and more frequency for regional express bus service
Vallejo Station – Phase B Parking structure, a catalyst for downtown economic development
Bay Trail/Safe Routes to Transit – Gap closures and First/Last mile capital improvements
RM3 would fund SR 37 flooding/congestion issues, I-80 Express Lanes, San Francisco Bay Ferry service Vallejo to San Francisco
Simple as 1-2-3!
Bay Area voters approved a bridge toll increase for regional transportation improvements in 1988 and 2004. Solano County has constructed the following projects with the funds from these bridge tolls:
RM1 Carquinez Bridge (2003) and Benicia‐Martinez Bridge Replacement (2007)
Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo and Benicia-Martinez Bridge received RM1 funds in 2003 and 2007. These two bridges provide the tolls that return funds to Solano County.
RM2 $184 Million funded:
Two Rail Projects
Four Capital Road and Freight projects
Five Intermodal Transit Stations
SolanoExpress Operating Funds (27% from RM 2)
San Francisco Bay Ferry Operating Funds for Vallejo service
If approved by a majority of voters in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties, toll revenues would be used to finance a $4.45 billion slate of highway and transit improvements in the toll bridge corridors and their approach routes.
RM3 Voter approval of RM 3 on June 5, 2018 would raise tolls on the region’s state‐owned toll bridges by $1 beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Tolls would rise by another $1 in January 2022 with another $1 increase in January 2025. This would mark the first toll increase on the seven state‐owned bridges since 2010. Two of the seven Bay Area bridges are located in Solano County.
At National Express Transit Services, everything we do is graded on the performance of our front line–our drivers.
The search for the right drivers is paramount to our success because the best drivers equal the safest passengers.
We are always looking for qualified drivers. If you are at least 21 years of age, have had a valid driver’s license for at least 3 years, if you are interested in joining a dynamic team, think you’ve got what it takes, and are interested in the benefits listed below, apply or contact us today!
Competitive Starting Wage
Paid Training Provided
No Experience Necessary
Full-Time and Part-Time Morning & Afternoon Hours Available
Must be 21 years of age. Clean H-6 DMV printout and DOT Physical and Drug Screen required.