SolTrans

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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Press Release: New SolTrans Route 82 to Replace WETA’s Route 200 Late Night Trips

Effective Monday, January 2, 2017

 

OFFICIAL UPDATE to the New SolTrans Route 82 

designed to help fill the void of losing 

WETA’s Route 200 for Late Night Trips

Route 82 Map and Schedule

Route 82 Press Release

Visit soltransride.com for routes and details 

Solano County Transit (SolTrans), in partnership with the Solano Transportation Authority (countywide planning agency that is funding the service with Regional Measure 2 bridge toll funding), is implementing a new Solano Express commuter bus line, Route 82, effective January 2, 2017.

Route 82 will complement enhanced ferry service that the Water Emergency Transportation Agency (WETA) is implementing on January 1, 2017 for their customers traveling between Vallejo and San Francisco. The increased number of ferry trips will replace Route 200 bus service on weekdays, except for the latest trips of the night. Route 82 will offer an alternate solution and meet the needs of customers who utilize those last trips of the day and need a direct ride between Vallejo and San Francisco. The Adult Fare for a one-way trip will be $10.00.

For all updated pickup and drop-off times and locations as well as complete fare information, 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.

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Press Release: SolTrans Orders First 2 Electric Buses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22nd 2016
Contact: Alan Price, alan@soltransride.com

SolTrans Orders First 2 Electric Buses

Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has made an historic decision to purchase two forty foot zero
emission electric buses from the global electric vehicle leader BYD Coach & Bus. Delivery of
their first two battery electric transit buses is ex­pected in the summer of 2016. “This is an
historic moment for Solano County,” said Mona Babauta, Executive Director of SolTrans. “This
decision, supported by the SolTrans Board of Directors, is an excellent example of the
forward­ thinking attitude towards technology and transportation that contributes to making
Solano County a great place to live.”

The electric buses are to be built by Southern California bus manufacturer BYD Coach & Bus, the U.S.
based manufacturing arm of global electric vehicle leader, BYD Motors. The BYD K9 40 foot bus is the
most popular electric bus platform on earth, with more than 6,000 now running in revenue
service in cities from Los Angeles, to London and Hong Kong. “Our decision to go electric
includes taking positive steps towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing our dependence
on petroleum, and cleaner air,” continued Babauta, in addition “these buses are
whisper-quiet, and will drastically reduce noise pollution along their daily routes.” BYD
Coach & Bus Vice President Macy Neshati commented, “all of us at BYD Coach and Bus are
thrilled to be working with Sol­Trans, they are a first-class transit agency, and are taking a
bold step in leading the way on zero emission technology.”

BYD’s Battery Electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in­ house by a staff of
more than 15,000 R&D engineers and includes the BYD Iron­ Phosphate battery which boasts the only
12-year-battery warranty in the in­ dustry. Combined with BYD’s proprietary in-wheel hub motors
and regenera­tive braking system, the BYD battery electric bus offers the lowest life cycle cost
of ownership. The BYD electric bus delivers a host of operational and environ­mental benefits
for public transit riders, bus operators and residents of the community – it is very quiet and
ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations, jerks or the noise associated with the conventional buses and combustion engines. The bus can also drive for more than 155 miles, even in heavy city traffic, on a single charge. As of April 1st, 2015, BYD bus fleets have completed greater than 100 million miles “in revenue service” and have been evaluated by more than 150 cities in 36 countries around the world. To date, BYD has built over 7,000 electric buses globally, making it by far the most popular electric transit vehicle on the planet.

ABOUT BYD Motors Inc.:
BYD Motors Inc. is an American manufacturing company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of
BYD Company Ltd., the largest domestic auto-manufacturer and electric-bus manufacturer in China.
BYD is a publicly traded company, with the Hong Kong listed stock 60% of which is owned by
U.S. investors, and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway as the largest single shareholder at 9.9%.

BYD K9 40ft battery-electric transit bus which will be delivered to SolTrans Q3 2016 (Photo: Business Wire)

BYD K9 40ft battery-electric transit bus which will be delivered to SolTrans Q3 2016 (Photo: Business Wire)

Solano County Transit (SolTrans) is the public transportation provider for the cities of Benicia
and Vallejo. SolTrans provides local fixed route bus, regional express bus, complementary
paratransit, dial-a-ride service, and subsidized taxi programs. We deliver safe, reliable and
efficient transpor­tation services that link people, jobs, and our communities. The agency is a
Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that is governed by a six-member Board of Directors. The Board is
composed of two representatives from each member city, Solano County’s representative on the
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and a representative from the Solano Transportation Authority.

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SolTrans Celebrates Local Artist, Mark Eanes

SolTrans will be unveiling a prized piece of art by local artist, Mark Eanes, on March 23, 2016. Mark’s piece is entitled, “Wheel of Time,” and it will be prominently placed at the front entrance of SolTrans’ Operations and Maintenance Facility located at 1850 Broadway in the City of Vallejo. He describes this piece as “a historical narrative of South Solano County’s mass transit program for over a century.”
As the Agency unveils this piece to the public, Mark wants to ensure that credit is given to James Kern, Executive Director of Vallejo Naval Historical Museum and Elizabeth d’Huart of Benicia’s Camel Barn Museum. They were both very generous with their time and resources, and this piece could not have been done without them.

To provide some background into the creation of “Wheel of Time,” SolTrans issued a Call to Artists in the fall of 2015 for public art concepts for the building’s front entrance. “When employees and members of the public enter our new and improved facility, we want to greet them with a beautiful piece of art that speaks to the mission of SolTrans, which is to provide “safe, reliable, and efficient transportation services that effectively link people, jobs, and our communities,” noted SolTrans Executive Director, Mona Babauta. She further emphasized, “There’s a lot of incredible talent in our local community. So, we only invited artists from Vallejo and Benicia to participate in the Call, and we were far from disappointed when the submissions came pouring into our office.”

In fact, custom artwork was submitted for consideration by over 20 local artists. Mark Eanes was announced as the winner this past November.

“All of the artists’ submissions were beautiful and impactful; it was so hard to pick just one.” stated Mandi Renshaw, Program Analyst with SolTrans and a member of the selection panel, which unanimously chose Mark Eanes’ piece. The selection panel, of which Renshaw was a member, was composed of artists, a member of the public, SolTrans employees, as well as Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson and Vallejo Councilmember Jess Malgapo, both of whom are also SolTrans Board Members.

Mark Eanes is a painter, printmaker, photographer, curator, and educator who has been living and working in Benicia over the last 20 years. Mark is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He has been an active member of the Benicia community, and is the former president of Arts Benicia (a non-profit arts organization) where he continues to serve on its Board of Directors. He has shown his paintings throughout California, as well as nationally and internationally. His most recent project is a twenty-five foot mural installed at the new wing of Vallejo’s Kaiser Hospital. His work may be found in numerous private and corporate collections.

The public is invited to attend the unveiling on Wednesday, March 23rd at 5:00 p.m., at the SolTrans O&M Facility, at 1850 Broadway in Vallejo.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Mark Eanes and the other extraordinary local artists who participated in SolTrans’ Call to Artists.

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 Curtola Park and Ride Hub Ribbon Cutting

10-14-15 SolTrans Curtola Park & Ride Ribbon Cutting Press Release

Vallejo, CA – Today, October 14, SolTrans cut the symbolic ribbon for the renovated SolTrans Curtola Park & Ride Hub. U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson, 5th District, California State Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, California State Senator and Majority Whip, Lois Wolk, Caltrans District 4 Director, Bijan Sartipi, MTC Commissioner and Solano County Supervisor, Jim Spering, Solano Transportation Authority (STA) Board Chair, Benicia Mayor, Elizabeth Patterson, and Osby Davis, Mayor for the City of Vallejo and SolTrans Chairperson, all spoke at the long awaited event today. Unfortunately, due to the multiple fires that have affected the area, PG&E crews have been unable to complete the final electrical hook up for the project. The team at SolTrans knows that the work PG&E is doing to help thousands of homeowners and businesses impacted by this unprecedented fire season is far more important and needs their full attention.
SolTrans anticipates that the transit hub will open before the end of 2015, based on the information provided by PG&E. Mona Babauta, Executive Director, had this to say about the project, “We are excited to see this project come to completion and for the commuting public to once again use the site to get to and from work each day. However, we are not going to lose sight of the critical work PG&E has to do first so that those affected by the fires can get back into their homes. We are not going to press PG&E to make the final connections until they have the manpower available to do so. We appreciate our customer’s patience as PG&E returns service and infrastructure to the communities affected by this disaster.”
Once open, the site will provide expanded parking, new passenger waiting areas with weather protection, security cameras and LED lighting, electrical vehicle charging stations, wrought iron fencing to limit unauthorized access, new casual carpool loading and unloading areas, new Ticket Sales Office and vending kiosk, restroom facilities and site furniture. In addition to these improvements, new landscaping on the site will serve to enhance the visual image of this main gateway into the city of Vallejo. SolTrans will provide updates to the public as information becomes available.
To assist our commuters during construction, SolTrans is providing $10 off a 31-Day Multi-zone Pass for riders who park in the City of Vallejo Waterfront Parking Garage at Maine & Santa Clara.
If you have any questions or concerns, or simply would like more information, you may leave a message at (707) 533-4855 or email info@soltransride.com. Visit www.soltransride.com for more information about the SolTrans Curtola Park and Ride Hub or to subscribe to updates.
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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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BOD & speakers, Ribbon

(Left to right): Solano County Supervisor and MTC Representative to the SolTrans Board of Directors, Jim Spering; CalTrans District 4 Director, Bijan Sartipi; SolTrans Executive Director, Mona Babauta; (behind Director Babauta) Ghilotti Brothers President, Mike Ghilotti; Benicia Mayor and Vice Chair of SolTrans Board of Directors, Elizabeth Patterson; California District 3, Senator Lois Wolk; US District 5, Congressman Mike Thompson; Vallejo Mayor and Chair of SolTrans Board of Directors, Osby Davis; State of California District 11, Assemblymember Jim Frazier; Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan; Benicia Vice Mayor and SolTrans Board of Directors, Mark Hughes; Vallejo Vice Mayor and SolTrans Board of Directors, Jess Malgapo; Suisun City Mayor and STA Representative to the SolTrans Board of Directors, Pete Sanchez; and Vallejo Councilmember Rozzana Verder-Aliga.

 

Thompson, Ghilotti, Frazier (2)

US Congressman Mike Thompson, Ghilotti Bros. President Mike Ghilotti, Assemblymember Jim Frazier.

Malgapo, Wolk, COV, --

Vallejo Vice Mayor, SolTrans Director Jess Malgapo, CA Senator Lois Wolk, Vallejo Sr. Community Development Analyst Annette Taylor, Mrs. Jess Malgapo.

Ghilotti crew

Ghilotti Bros. construction team and Ron Zeigenbein, Zeigenbein Construction.

Curtola, Keen, Larson, Intintoli

Former Vallejo Mayor Terry Curtola, Vallejo City Manager Dan Keen, Vallejo Chamber Board Chair Carol Larson, Former Vallejo Mayor Intintoli.

 

Straub, Altman, Curtola

Vallejo City Manager’s Executive Assistant Michelle Straub, Vallejo Administrative Analyst Joanna Altman, Vallejo Chamber President & CEO Rich Curtola.

Verder-Aliga, Spering, Davis, Hughes, Mona, Patterson, Malgapo, Hannigan

Vallejo Councilmember Rozzana Verder-Aliga, Solano County Supervisor Jim Spering, Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis, Benicia Vice Mayor Mark Hughes, SolTrans Executive Director Mona Babauta, Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson, Vallejo Vice Mayor Jess Malgapo, Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan.

 

ST Gateway sign 1 edits

SolTrans Curtola Park & Ride Gateway sign

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Call to Artists

Public Art Work Commission Opportunity for the SolTrans Operations and Maintenance Facility

Solano County Transit (SolTrans) is requesting local artists to apply to create original artwork to be installed on the front entrance wall and in other public areas throughout the SolTrans Operations and Maintenance Building located at 1850 Broadway Street in Vallejo, CA.

See the details in our Call To Artist request HERE

Please click here for ADDENDUM NO. 1

20150811 Cover for the Soltrans Call for Artists

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SolTrans Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA’s 25th Anniversary

July 22, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 26, 2015 – SolTrans Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Americans

With Disabilities Act (ADA) 

Vallejo, CA – On July 26, 2015, SolTrans and the rest of the country will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We would encourage the public to join us in remembering that day and the positive impact it has had on the lives of so many Americans.

“This is an important milestone.” said Mandi Renshaw, SolTrans Program Analyst. “ADA rights are civil rights and we want to help remind the public of that as well as to reaffirm our support. In 2013 we partnered with Solano Transit Authority and other Solano County Transit Operators to launch a new Countywide In-Person ADA Eligibility Program. In 2014 we created our “Ride for $0.25” program which reduced fares by over 70% on our local fixed routes for people showing their ADA Paratransit ID card. In 2015, we created our “Ride for $0.50” program which lowered fares by 80% for those same riders on our Solano Express routes 78, 80s, 80 and 85. We are proud of these programs along with our Paratransit program, Solano County InterCity and SolTrans Local Taxi Scrip Programs and our Regional Transit Connection (RTC) Discount Card Program which significantly increases access to the community. In addition to all our discounts we also provide Travel Training Ambassadors who will assist anyone with learning how to ride our transit system.”

Peter L. Wilson, Executive Director of Vallejo’s Florence Douglas Senior Center, had this to say about SolTrans’ efforts to improve the lives of seniors and those with disabilities; “SolTrans is very supportive of our seniors and people with disabilities through the Taxi Scrip and Paratransit programs.  I look forward to our continued partnership with SolTrans to improve the lives of seniors and people with disabilities.”

Over the last 25 years, accessibility of public transit vehicles has improved markedly going from 50 to 99.8 percent according to the 2014 APTA Fact Book. SolTrans has improved bus service accessibility  with low floor buses, wheelchair ramps and lifts, dedicated bus seats and space for people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs or scooters, automatic bus stop announcements through their new AVL system (which is helpful to those with visual impairments), as well as accommodations to facilities for people with disabilities. The fact that public transportation provides freedom, independence and access to the community for millions of Americans with disabilities is definitely something to celebrate.

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: Ride FREE With Vallejo Art Walk Passport

Art Walk Press Release

March 18, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Vallejo, CA – Did you know that there is an ever growing artist community in Vallejo? Did you know that EVERY 2nd Friday of the month they put on an event called Art Walk in Downtown Vallejo? You can even meet some of these wonderful artists and experience their works. And SolTrans can help you get to and from the event and around it…for FREE.

In an effort to support the community and the arts in Vallejo, SolTrans will be offering free rides every 2nd Friday of the month on April (10th), May (8th), June (12th), July (10th) and August (14th) from 4 PM until the last bus of the evening (local fixed routes only) just by showing your “Art Passport” for the event. You can get your passport at the Soltrans website (www.SolTransRide.com) or at the Vallejo Art Walk website (www.VallejoArtWalk.com).

The acting Planning and Operations Manager of SolTrans, Elizabeth Romero had this to say about the Art Walk; “SolTrans is about getting people where they want to go. By making it easier and more convenient to attend events, we hope to inspire people in the community to come out and experience new events like Art Walk. We don’t want to just get you to work or to school…we want to get you out and about. We’re excited to be a part of Art Walk and other great upcoming events in both Benicia and Vallejo, and hope to take our riders to new places!”

Come join SolTrans at the next Art Walk and maybe you will help discover the next artist to come out of the San Francisco Bay Area or at least find that piece that will help make your house a home.
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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Students Ride FREE Promotion For the 2015 Spring Break

Spring Break 2015 Press Release

March 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SolTrans Announces Students Ride FREE Promotion

For the 2015 Spring Break

Vallejo, CA –No gimmicks, no strings, no red tape – just FREE! Students of any age (elementary to college) can ride all LOCAL buses FREE from Monday March 30th until Sunday April 12th. Youth 6-18 ride for FREE, and college students must present their student ID.

You don’t even have to “Like” us on Facebook to get this deal! (We wouldn’t mind if you did though.)

Just board the bus, present your ID and ride for FREE. Spring Break just got that much more fun, easier and of course cheaper!

This is the third year in a row that Sol Trans has offer a Spring Break promotion and, Sol Trans Board Chairperson, Mayor Osby Davis had this to say, “There is value in getting our kids out of the house and active in the community.  This is one of the reasons why SolTrans continues to offer Spring Break promotions.  Taking the bus is a ‘healthy’ habit that involves walking and engaging with others in the community, which is what we want our kids to do more of these days.”

SolTrans will often run specials and other free service and/or shuttles in support of events in Vallejo and Benicia. For more information about this or other services they provide visit them on the web 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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