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Press Release: Benicia Memorial Day Special Service

SolTrans FREE Community Shuttle for Benicia Memorial Ceremony

Press Release: Benicia Memorial Day Special Service

Benicia, CA – On Monday, May 27 the Benicia Historical Society will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Benicia Arsenal Post Cemetery honoring those who have served and are serving in the U.S Military. Due to extremely limited parking at the cemetery, SolTrans will provide a FREE community shuttle from the bus stop at Military and First Street (next to the Benicia First Station) to the cemetery. The shuttle will provide rides to and from the cemetery every 20 minutes beginning at 7:45 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The Benicia Memorial Ceremony will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will include a wreath-laying ceremony, a rifle salute by the Service Veterans of Northern California Honor Guard, and music provided by the Diablo Regional Concert Band. The color guard will be provided by members of the Benicia VFW and American Legion. The ceremony’s main speaker will be Colonel Gregory Ford, Garrison Commander, Presidio of Monterey. A military fly-over is anticipated during the ceremony and light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

“Benicia’s Memorial Day Ceremony is a treasured annual gathering that we are so proud to have. The city is lucky to have the partnership with SolTrans so that we can offer these special shuttles to our community events.” Said Elizabeth Patterson, City of Benicia Mayor.

For more information about the Benicia Memorial Ceremony and the Benicia Historical Society, email Wally Stephens at walman@sbcglobal.net.

Information on the shuttle stop locations, shuttle schedule and fliers can be found on 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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SolTrans supports the Arts in Benicia with FREE Service around the Benicia Open Studios 2019 Event

Press Release: Benicia Open Studios 2019

Benicia, CA –SolTrans is once again partnering with Arts Benicia to offer FREE special service shuttle rides on May 4 and 5 during the popular Benicia Open Studio 2019 event. SolTrans will provide service every 30 minutes from Arts Benicia to First Street, patrons are encouraged to hop on and off and enjoy all the talent along the way.  The SolTrans shuttle will operate Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 11a.m. to 5p.m.

The Benicia Open Studios event welcomes over 2,000 attendees from all over the bay area each year. The shuttle provides any easy way to travel between the Benicia Arsenal and First Street to see glass blowing, tour galleries, speak with artists about their work, watch demonstrations, and purchase original art.

Arts Benicia Executive Director, Celeste Smeland said, “We are thrilled to be partnering once again with SolTrans to offer visitors the free shuttle service throughout the Benicia Open Studios weekend. The SolTrans shuttle is a comfortable, convenient and very user-friendly addition to the festivities.”

For more information about Benicia Open Studios 2019 go to artsbenicia.org. For special service shuttle schedule visit: Benicia Open Studio 2019 Event Shuttle Schedule

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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SolTrans Announces the Passing of Valued Employee Keith O. Ward Jr.

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 tenure.

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.

Keith O. Ward Jr
Keith O. Ward Jr

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Press Release: SolTrans Releases New Parking App at Curtola Park and Ride Hub

SolTrans Launches New Mobile Pay and Digital Parking Permits with Passport


Press Release: SolTrans Launches New Parking App

Vallejo, CA – On May 1, 2019, Solano County Transit (SolTrans) users of the Curtola Park and Ride Hub can pay for daily and short-term parking using a mobile smartphone by downloading the free Parking app Passport Mobile. The app is available on IOS or Android smartphones. The new application will allow customers to purchase permits for short-term parking or to sign up for a monthly parking permit. Monthly permits can be applied for online at soltranspermits.rmcpay.com also powered by Passport. SolTrans riders have the option of a daily, short term or monthly permit, providing flexibility based on the users’ travel plans. The smartphone Passport Mobil app allows users to:

  • Monitor parking sessions electronically
  • Receive notifications for parking sessions ending soon
  • Extend parking sessions remotely
  • View payment history
  • Receive email receipts

Users who currently use ParkMobile can still purchase monthly permits until Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Parkmobil Monthly permits will no longer be valid after Friday, May 31, 2019. Daily ParkMobile passes can be purchased and are valid until Tuesday, April 30, 2019. “Our ultimate goal at SolTrans is to provide people with a safe and reliable way to travel throughout our community and a seamless parking operation is a key part of that,” said Patricia Carr, general services manager at SolTrans. “With Passport, we can provide our customers with an easy and flexible solution to pay for parking so they can continue on to the next leg of their journey.”

About Passport Passport is transforming mobility management for cities, empowering them to create more livable and equitable communities. Passport’s mobility platform enables clients to digitally coordinate all modes of transportation and implement real-time, data-centric management of their curbside and streetspace through its enterprise software.

For more information about SolTrans parking and transportation services 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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SolTrans to Participate in National “Get On Board” for Public Transit Campaign

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.

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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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