SolTrans

SolTrans – Impact of Northern California Fires

Dear SolTrans Community,

SolTrans would like to make sure that all riders and members of the communities it serves are safe and well informed. At this time, with the exception of the weekday school routes (Routes 15, 17 and 38), SolTrans is running as regularly scheduled. SolTrans will provide notice to the public through its website and social media in the event of any changes.

SolTrans is working with other public transit agencies, local government agencies, local law enforcement and community leaders to be a resource as needed. SolTrans is committed to providing continued, safe and reliable transportation services, and is ready to provide emergency response to the Northern California fires if conditions worsen.

For more information and the latest service updates, please visit soltransride.com.

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.


Estimada Comunidad de SolTrans,

SolTrans quiere asegurarse de que todos los viajeros y miembros de las comunidades que sirve están seguros y bien informados. En este momento, con la excepción de los viajes escolares de la semana (Rutas 15, 17 y 38), SolTrans se está funcionando según el horario regular. SolTrans dará aviso al público a través de su sitio web y medios sociales en caso de cualquier cambio.

SolTrans está trabajando con otras agencias de transporte público, agencias gubernamentales locales, agentes de la policía locales y líderes comunitarios para ser un recurso según sea necesario. SolTrans está comprometido a proporcionar servicios de transporte continuos, seguros y confiables, y está listo para proporcionar respuesta de emergencia a las áreas de los incendios en el norte de California si las condiciones empeoren.

Para obtener más información y las últimas actualizaciones de servicio, visite soltransride.com.

Solano Transit (SolTrans) ha sido el proveedor de transporte público para el sur del Condado de Solano desde julio de 2011. SolTrans ofrece rutas fijas locales y regionales, servicios complementarios de paratránsito, dial-a-ride y programas de taxis subsidiados. La agencia es una Autoridad Conjunta de Poderes (JPA) que está gobernada por un Consejo de Administración de seis miembros, compuesto por dos representantes de las ciudades de Benicia y Vallejo, representante del Condado Solano en la Comisión Metropolitana de Transporte (MTC) y un representante de la Autoridad de Transporte Solano.

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Press Release: Service Improvements

SolTrans Press Release – August 20 Service Changes

August 14, 2017

SOLTRANS LAUNCHES NEW MORNING ROUTE 38 AND SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS FOR SOUTH VALLEJO & BENICIA TRANSIT RIDERS

Vallejo, California – SolTrans announces that starting August 20, 2017, the following new route and service improvements will launch to help transit riders from South Vallejo and Benicia with morning commutes.

Route 38

New Route 38 operates one morning trip on school weekdays to supplement existing service on Routes 3 and 8 for students attending Jesse Bethel High School (JBHS). The trip begins at Glen Cove at 7:00am and arrives at JBHS at 7:30am and Gateway Plaza at 7:36am.

Route 3

An additional outbound trip from the Vallejo Transit Center to Glen Cove has been on added to Route 3 during days Vallejo schools are in session. Once in Glen Cove, this additional bus will continue as the new Route 38 trip. This increase in route frequency is to improve access to Jesse Bethel High School for South Vallejo students.

Route 78

Two weekday early morning trips have been added from Benicia to Vallejo Transit Center and will serve the San Francisco Ferry in Vallejo.

Route 1:

The last weekday trip which departs Vallejo Transit Center at 7:00pm is extended to run southbound as far as Broadway & Tall Trees at 7:39pm, with a connection to the Route 2 bus for service toward downtown Vallejo.

Earlier this year, SolTrans staff met with Vallejo Unified School District administrators to discuss how access to transit impacts student attendance.

“Our parents were concerned that the students from South Vallejo had to ride two buses that took an hour and half ride to get to school,” said Jesse Bethel High School Principal, Linda Kingston. “SolTrans heard our concerns and with the new morning Route 38, South Vallejo students can now get to Jesee Bethel in about thirty minutes,” Kingston added.

SolTrans has also made improvements for morning commuters from Benicia by adding additional morning service to the San Francisco Ferry in Vallejo.

According to SolTrans Planning and Operations Manager, Michael Abegg, “Benicia residents now have more options to connect to San Francisco during the morning rush hour.” Abegg also reminded riders, “When using Clipper eCash, a discounted transfer is provided between SolTrans buses and the San Francisco Bay Ferry.”

For more information and the latest service updates, please visit soltransride.com.

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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Contact:
Ariel Mercado
Community and External Affairs Officer
ariel@soltransride.com
311 Sacramento St.
Vallejo, CA  94591
707-736-6986
 

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Press Release: SolTrans Names Beth Kranda to Head Agency

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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Contact:
Ariel Mercado
Community and External Affairs Officer
ariel@soltransride.com
311 Sacramento St.
Vallejo, CA  94591
707-736-6986
 

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Press Release: Free Special Event Service for Benicia Torchlight Parade

Benicia Torchlight Parade Press Release June 30, 2017

SOLTRANS ANNOUNCES FREE SPECIAL EVENT SERVICE FOR BENICIA TORCHLIGHT PARADE

BENICIA, CA — SolTrans is proud to provide FREE Round Trip Bus Service for the Torchlight Parade in Downtown Benicia on Monday, July 3, 2017. Avoid the gridlock and parking challenges by taking routes Parade Ride 15 or Parade Ride 17 between the hours of 5:00 pm and 9:30 pm.

The Torchlight Parade will begin at 6:30 pm along First Street and will include dancers, floats, clowns, and entertainment. Look out for our SolTrans Bus in the Parade!

Parade Ride 15 Schedule (All times are approximate)

Benicia High School West 14th/  Military Rose Drive/  Cambridge Rose Drive/ Windsor Solano/
Hastings
Warwick Drive/  Chelsea Hills East 5th/L East E/       East 2nd Military/ First St
5:00 pm 5:04 pm 5:08 pm 5:12 pm 5:17 pm 5:22 pm 5:32 pm 5:37 pm 5:42 pm
5:45 pm 5:49 pm 5:53 pm 5:57 pm 6:02 pm 6:07 pm 6:17 pm 6:22 pm 6:27 pm
6:30 pm 6:34 pm 6:38 pm 6:42 pm 6:47 pm 6:52 pm 7:02 pm 7:17 pm 7:22 pm
7:25 pm 7:29 pm 7:33 pm 7:37 pm 7:42 pm 7:47 pm 7:57 pm 8:22 pm 8:27 pm
8:30 pm 8:34 pm 8:38 pm 8:42 pm 8:47 pm 8:52 pm

Parade Ride 17 Schedule (All times are approximate)

Benicia High School Hastings/ Southampton Hastings/ Rose Rose Drive/ Panorama East 3rd/ Viewmont East 5th/L East E/      East 2nd Military/ First St
5:00 pm 5:04 pm 5:09 pm 5:12 pm 5:18 pm 5:26 pm 5:30 pm 5:35 pm
5:40 pm 5:44 pm 5:49 pm 5:52 pm 5:58 pm 6:06 pm 6:10 pm 6:15 pm
6:20 pm 6:24 pm 6:29 pm 6:32 pm 6:38 pm 6:46 pm 7:00 pm 7:05 pm
7:10 pm 7:14 pm 7:19 pm 7:22 pm 7:28 pm 7:36 pm 7:40 pm 7:45 pm
7:50 pm 7:54 pm 7:59 pm 8:02 pm 8:08 pm 8:16 pm 8:40 pm 8:45 pm
8:50 pm 8:54 pm 8:59 pm 9:02 pm 9:08 pm

For a route map, a complete listing of all stops and other SolTrans information, please visit.

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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Press Release: Mare Island Route 9 Service Change

Effective Monday, June 19, 2017

Mare Island Route 9 Service Change

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Mare Island Route 9 Service Change Press Release June 19, 2017

VALLEJO, CA—SolTrans will adjust service on Mare Island Route 9 to better connect customers to the places they live, work and visit starting Monday, June 19, 2017.

Scheduled changes on the Monday through Friday service includes:

  • Hourly trips from the Vallejo Transit Center starting at 7am to 10am and again at 3pm to 6pm.
  • An additional stop added in front of the Touro University Student Health Clinic located on the Touro Campus at Suite 1537.
  • A temporary stop added to serve the United States Forest Service (USFS) at the Touro Farragut Inn parking lot. A USFS Parking lot stop will begin upon completion of construction at the USFS facility in mid-July.
  • Adult one-way fares will be $1.00 and a discounted fare of $0.50 will be charged to seniors and persons with disabilities.
  • Veterans with proper identification and ADA certified paratransit riders will be free.
  • The Saturday service will be discontinued after Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The Mare Island Route 9 service will operate until Friday, November 17, 2017. SolTrans will continue to monitor ridership and investigate alternative transportation resources to better meet the needs of Mare Island customers.

For complete schedule and route information, visit www.soltransride.com or call (707) 648-4666. For real-time schedule information, visit myride.soltransride.com and select “Mare Island” under Routes.

Click here for updated printable map and schedule for Route 9 – Mare Island

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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Press Release: Soltrans Announces Special Service Due To Warriors Victory Parade Celebration

JUNE 14, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Soltrans Announces Special Service Due To Warriors Victory Parade Celebration

Special Service Due to Warriors Victory Parade Celebration Press Release

VALLEJO, CA — SolTrans Special Service for Thursday, June 15, 2017

Route 80 – Vallejo-El Cerrito del Norte BART Station 

Bus service from 5am-10am and from 1pm-7pm will run every 15 minutes

Route 78 – Benicia to Vallejo Transit Center

All westbound trips from Benicia to the Vallejo Transit Center from 7am-Noon will be free to allow easy connections to Route 80 buses with direct service to BART.

SolTrans congratulates Golden State Warriors for becoming the 2017 NBA World Champions. The Warriors organization, in concert with the City of Oakland, have planned a celebration parade and rally on Thursday, June 15th.  SolTrans joins BART and ACTransit in encouraging attendees to ride transit to the celebration.

SolTrans and El Cerrito del Norte BART transit riders will be impacted during this daylong celebration. SolTrans will provide enhanced service to accommodate daily transit riders and those attending the Warriors parade and rally

For more information and the latest service updates, please visit soltransride.com.

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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Press Release: Mare Island Route 9 is Extended Again!

May 23, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mare Island Route is Extended Again!

SolTrans Mare Island Route will continue thru November 17, 2017

Extended Mare Island Shuttle Press Release

VALLEJO, CA—The SolTrans board approved to extend the Mare Island Route 9 yet again through Friday, November 17, 2017 and continue as a demonstration service. This extension will allow staff time to explore options for public transit service on and off the island and provide the public an extended opportunity to explore Mare Island through the summer and into the fall.

The SolTrans Board of Directors approved the continuation of service at the May 18, 2017 board meeting with the direction to modify the Route 9 schedule and eliminate trips where there is very little to no ridership, as well as reinstate a fare on the route. The route will continue on its current schedule for a few more weeks while staff makes adjustments that will take effect in mid-June.

The Mare Island Route 9 stakeholders came together before the May board meeting to provide the funding needed to extend the route through the summer. SolTrans staff and the stakeholders will continue working throughout the summer to determine the best form of transportation for the island.

“Ridership on the Route 9 hasn’t grown to the level needed to become a permanent part of the local fixed-route system, but we do see a demand for public transportation on and around Mare Island. We’re thinking that maybe a fixed-route service isn’t the best fit at this time for the unique situation of the Island.  We will take the summer to work together with the stakeholders to consider some alternate ways of providing service that better meets the needs of residents, businesses, and schools, at a cost more in line with the ridership.” said Michael Abegg, SolTrans Planning and Operations Manager.

For complete schedule and route information, visit www.soltransride.com or call (707) 648-4666. For real-time schedule information, visit myride.soltransride.com and select “Route 9 Mare Island.”

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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Press Release: April Service Improvements

Effective Sunday, April 2, 2017

April 2, 2017 Service Improvements

On Routes 78 and 80

April 2017 Service Improvements

Click Here For Printable Map and Schedule for updated Route 78

Click Here For Printable Map and Schedule for updated Route 80

Vallejo, CA – SolTrans will improve schedule times to both the SolanoExpress Route 78 that serves Diablo Valley College and Walnut Creek BART and SolanoExpress Route 80 that serves El Cerrito Del Norte BART and the San Francisco Transbay Terminal.

The Route 78 changes to the late afternoon weekday service will help improve on-time performance and better connections with Benicia’s local Route 20, Diablo Valley College and both Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek BART stations. SolTrans has added a trip starting from Diablo Valley College at 4:56 pm on weekdays to reliably serve customers departing Walnut Creek at 5:30 pm, while the existing trip departing Vallejo at 4:25 pm is moved to 4:30 pm, with a departure from Diablo Valley College at 5:06 pm and Walnut Creek at 5:40 pm.

SolTrans staff will be at the Walnut Creek BART Station on Monday, April 3, 2017 between 5 and 6 pm to remind riders about the service improvements and raffle off an Express 31-Day Pass to riders who show their current 31-Day pass or Clipper Card.

The Route 80 also received adjustments to the late afternoon weekday schedule. Southbound trips departing Vallejo will leave 5 minutes later from 4:45 pm through 7:15 pm to better connect passengers transferring to BART Transbay trains. This will also improve the reliability of northbound trips leaving Del Norte BART as drivers will have more “recovery” or turnaround time between southbound and northbound trips.

For complete schedule and route information, visit www.soltransride.com or call (707) 648-4666. For real-time schedule information, visit myride.soltransride.com.

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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Press Release: Mare Island Route is Extended!

EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2017

SolTrans Mare Island Route will continue thru May 27, 2017

Mare Island Route 9 Schedule and Map

VALLEJO, CA—SolTrans is pleased to announce that the Mare Island Shuttle promotional service will be extended through Saturday May 27, 2017 as a demonstration service. This extension will provide the public additional opportunity to experience the route first hand and utilize it to explore Mare Island.

The SolTrans Board of Directors approved the continuation of service at the February 16, 2017 board meeting. The extension allows staff to continue to collect information on ridership levels and determine whether to make it a permanent part of the fixed route service. Planning of the service has kept staff working closely with stakeholders on the Island to identify bus schedule needs and key destinations such as the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Touro University, the Vallejo Unified School District offices and the Global Center for Success.

“Ridership continued to grow throughout the promotional period and we hope to continue that path by offering free fare and encourage everyone to hop on the route.” said Mandi Renshaw, SolTrans Program Analyst I. The fare for all will be FREE throughout the entire demonstration period. In addition, new branding elements will be added both to increases the visibility of the route and to better include it in the SolTrans family of fixed-route bus service.

For complete schedule and route information, visit www.soltransride.com or call (707) 648-4666. For real-time schedule information, visit myride.soltransride.com and select “Route 9 Mare Island.”

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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Extended Mare Island Shuttle Press Release

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Press Release: FREE Island Getaway! On the Mare Island Shuttle

EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017

VALLEJO, CA—SolTrans is pleased to announce that beginning on Saturday January 14, 2017 the temporary service, known as the “Mare Island (MI) Shuttle,” will be FREE until February 14, 2017. This promotion will provide the public the opportunity to experience the shuttle first hand and utilize it to explore Mare Island.

The team at SolTrans wants to ensure that the community is familiar with this route during its test as it is set to expire on February 28, 2017. The public is encouraged to not only ride the shuttle but to provide feedback about the service as well, via an online survey card on the SolTrans website at:

http://www.soltransride.com/planning/mare-island-survey/

The Mare Island Route is a promotional temporary demonstration service which will allow staff to collect information on ridership levels and determine whether to make it a part of the fixed route service.
Continued planning of the service has kept the staff working closely with stakeholders on the Island to identify bus schedules and key destinations such as the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Touro University, the Vallejo Unified School District Offices, and the Global Center for Success.

“We hope to see more people jump on the bus during this promotional period.” said Mandi Renshaw, SolTrans Program Analyst I.

To make access to the service easier for Veterans and seniors (over the age of 60) the MI Shuttle will be free throughout the entire promotional period with proper identification.
For schedule times and locations, visit www.soltransride.com or call (707) 648-4666.

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

You may fill out the survey HERE and mail to:

SolTrans

311 Sacramento St.

Vallejo, CA 94590

Free Promotional Post Card

 

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