SolTrans

SolTrans supports the Arts in Vallejo with FREE bus rides to the Art Walk

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.

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SolTrans Continues Beautification of Sereno Transit Center

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.

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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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Press Release: Request for Public Comment

SolTrans Requests Public Feedback on
COA Proposed Local Service Changes by March 21, 2019

Press Release Request for Public Comment

VALLEJO – SolTrans would like to remind the public that they have until Thursday, March 21, 2019 for final comments on their Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA): Proposed Local Service Changes. The public can comment directly to the SolTrans Board at their board meeting on March 21st that will be held at the JFK Library in the Vallejo Room, 1st Floor, 505 Santa Clara Street in Vallejo.

The proposed changes affect Routes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 20, as well as Benicia General Public Dial-A-Ride. It also includes a proposal to increase service hours on local routes until 9:00 PM on weekdays.
Since public comment opened on January 21, 2019 staff has hosted 13 public workshops in Benicia and Vallejo to explain the proposals and receive feedback. Staff has also spent over 180 hours meeting with the public on-board buses to make sure everyone has an opportunity to provide feedback.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 expound on a study of the demographics of Benicia and Vallejo through 2030, public-input gathering from various meetings held last summer, an analysis of the productivity and efficiency of current local services, and proposals of feasible service alternatives.

More information about the proposed changes can be found by clicking COA: Proposed Route and Service Changes, Request for Public Comment from the SolTrans homepage (soltransride.com). A summary is also available in print from the Vallejo Transit Center Ticket Office at 311 Sacramento Street, Vallejo. For help or more information you may also call Customer Service at (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.

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Press Release: SolTrans Honors Retiree and Welcomes New Board Members

SolTrans Honors Retiree and Welcomes New Board Members Press Release

Vallejo, CA – On Thursday, February 21, the SolTrans Board and staff celebrated by honoring their recently retired driver, Cruz Contreras, at their board meeting. Mr. Contreras has been a valued employee for 13 years with SolTrans, and their predecessor agency Vallejo Transit, and he was thought of highly by the entire team.

“Everyone loved ‘Cruz Control’, (a nick name given to him by the staff and his fellow drivers) he is always happy, on time for work and was always willing to go the extra mile for others.” Steph Maher, General Manager for NEXT Operations said. “Beyond that, he had an acclaimed safety record and operated the bus in a safe and conscientious manner.” She added.

Cruz was an inspiration to his fellow drivers by setting a great example and leaving a legacy of excellence with all of those who had the privilege to work with him.

During the same meeting the SolTrans Board welcomed new board member, Suisun City Mayor Lori Wilson and alternate board member Benicia City Council Member Lionel Largaespada. 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).

Mayor Lori Wilson joins the SolTrans Board as the representatives from Solano Transportation Authority. Prior to becoming a member of the City Council, Mayor Wilson served as Vice Chair of the Suisun City Parks & Recreation Commission, and President of the Suisun City Community Services Foundation.

Mayor Wilson also represents Suisun City on the following Boards and Agencies: Suisun City Housing Authority, Suisun City Public Financing Authority, Suisun City Successor Agency, Suisun-Solano Water Authority and Numerous other agencies, board and committees to advocate for the best interest of the citizens of Suisun City.

Benicia City Council Member Lionel Largaespada has been very busy since moving to Benicia in 2005. He chairs the Economic Development Board for the City of Benicia, became an adviser for the senior services organization Carquinez Village Group and a Memorial Day ceremony volunteer for the Benicia Historical Society and continues his work as a mentor and volunteer for his daughters’ respective schools, Benicia Middle School and Matthew Turner Elementary. He is also on the Design Committee for Benicia Main Street and is a member of Benicia’s chapter of Native Sons of the Golden West.

Congratulations to Cruz, Mayor Wilson and Lionel Largaespada, the SolTrans Board and staff appreciate all of you!

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 Hops on the Bus for Public Feedback

2.13.19 SolTrans Hops of the Bus for Public Comment

Vallejo, CA – On January 21, 2019 SolTrans opened the Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) Proposed Local Routes and Service Changes for public comment. To make sure everyone has an opportunity to review and comment on the proposals the SolTrans team has been hosting on the bus “Townhalls” passing out fliers and talking to riders about the proposed changes. Staff will continue to focus sharing the proposals and gathering feedback until the Public comment ends with a Public Hearing at SolTrans Board Meeting March 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in the Vallejo Room at the JFK Library 505 Santa Clara Street Vallejo, CA. Below are the Routes and dates you can expect to see SolTrans staff on the bus:

➢ Route 3: Feb 13-20,
➢ Route 6: Feb 21-27,
➢ Route 7: Feb 29 -Mar 6,
➢ Route 8: Mar 7-13

Staff will also be hosting several workshops at various locations in Vallejo and Benicia, visit SolTrans Community Meetings Page for a list of all locations and dates.
The COA Proposed Local Routes and Service Changes include extending weekday local service until 9 p.m., changes to Routes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 20 and General Public Dial-A-Ride and increase frequency to the local service on Saturdays. “We are really excited about these proposed changes, Vallejo and Benicia has changed so much since the last time the service was updated. And what better way to hear what the riders need then to sit with them on the bus.” Said Bisi Ibrahim, Program Analyst II and COA lead from SolTrans.
More detailed 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 (soltransride.com). A summary is also available in print from the Vallejo Transit Center Ticket office at 311 Sacramento Street, Vallejo. SolTrans would like to invite every member of the public to provide feedback from now until the end of the public comment period on March 21, 2019.
To comment and learn more about these proposed changes, please attend a Community Meeting Workshop, on bus Townhall, emailing info@soltransride.com, calling customer service at (707) 648-4666; or complete the comment form at the bottom of each page of the SolTrans website at www.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: COA: Proposed Route and Service Change, Request for Public Comment

01.29.19 COA: Proposed Route and Service Changes

Vallejo, CA – 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 on bus Town Halls and fixed meeting locations within Benicia and Vallejo.  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.

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 Awarded “Partner Of The Year”

SolTrans Awarded “Partner Of The Year”

Vallejo, CA – At the 21st Annual Solano Transportation Authority (STA) Awards Dinner, Solano County Transit (SolTrans) was awarded the prestigious honor of being named “Partner of the Year”. This award recognizes the overall performance of an agency outside of STA that improves mobility and other transportation elements throughout Solano County.

This award is a coveted prize and many Solano County transit agencies and transportation services work hard to bring the best service to their communities. To be nominated and to win is a great accomplishment.

“We are so honored and humbled by this award,” said Beth Kranda, Executive Director for SolTrans. “We wake up every day and buckle in not knowing what might happen on the roads and in our community and try to be ready for anything. It’s not always easy, but this makes all of my staffs’ hard work worth it.”

For complete bus routes and schedules please visit 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.

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Press Release: SolTrans Bus Driver Wins Transit Employee of the Year

SolTrans Bus Driver Wins Transit Employee of the Year

Vallejo, CA – Cliff Chism, a SolTrans paratransit driver, received one of the highest honors at the 21st Annual Solano Transportation Authority (STA) Awards Dinner.

For over seven years, Cliff has been a bus operator for SolTrans, going back to when the latter was Vallejo Transit. Cliff takes ownership of the quality of service that he delivers every day, going the extra mile to assist customers in maintaining their independence and providing valuable feedback regarding the needs of SolTrans customers. Cliff is appreciated by his co-workers and managers in his role as shop steward for paratransit operators, helping to maintain high morale and taking great care to pass along communication from the company in a clear and concise manner to his peers.

This award recognizes Cliff for his commitment to excellence and outstanding service to the citizens of Solano County.

“We are so proud of Cliff and all of his accomplishments,” said Stephanie Maher, General Manager of National Express Transit (NEXT), the operations contractor for SolTrans bus services. “We have an outstanding team, and this really makes us feel good to be singled out for our hard workers.”

For complete bus routes and schedules please visit 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.

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Press Release: FlixBus and SolTrans Announce Partnership

FlixBus and SolTrans Announce Partnership

Vallejo, CA – FlixBus and SolTrans announce a partnership that began with FlixBus service to the Vallejo Transit Center (VTC) on Monday, November 12, 2018. FlixBus will be using the Vallejo Transit Center as an arrival and departure terminal to and from the San Diego area. SolTrans will be permitting FlixBus to use the southeastern-most bus bay but will not be selling tickets or providing services on behalf of FlixBus.

FlixMobility was founded as the start-up FlixBus by three young entrepreneurs in Munich, Germany, who had the vision of making sustainable bus travel both comfortable and affordable. FlixBus was officially launched in 2013 after the deregulation of the German bus market and quickly became the leading long-distance travel provider within the country.

In 2015, FlixBus began expanding internationally with long-distance networks in France, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Croatia, as well as cross-border regular services to Norway, Spain and England. FlixBus USA launched in 2018, providing America with a new alternative in long-distance travel.

Today Flixbus connects 2,000+ destinations in 28 countries, a number which is growing nearly every day. FlixBus aligns with SolTrans’ mission to provide sustainable, comfortable, affordable bus travel to the communities of Vallejo and Benicia. “SolTrans is pleased with this new partnership and we hope it continues to grow.” Said Beth Kranda, SolTrans Executive Director.

For schedules or more information visit www.FlixBus.com or call Customer Service at (855) 626-8585.

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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