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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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Press Release: SolTrans Revising Local Routes and Services — Request for Public Input

SolTrans Revising Local Routes & Services: Request for Public Input

Vallejo, CA – SolTrans would like to invite the public to assist with the revising of local service. SolTrans staff will host several public meetings and workshops to improve its local routes, the General Public Dial-A-Ride and Local Taxi Scrip services. Your feedback will ensure that we are providing the best service to connect customers to the places they live, work and visit.

Public meetings will be held on the following dates and times:

  • MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018
    SolTrans O&M Facility
    1850 Broadway St, Vallejo, CA 94589
    6:00 PM –8:00 PM
  • TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018
    SolTrans O&M Facility
    1850 Broadway St, Vallejo, CA 94589
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2018
    Benicia Public Library
    150 East L St, Benicia, CA, 94510
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

In addition, workshops will be held at Solano Community College – Vallejo (545 Columbus Pkwy, Vallejo CA, 94606) on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and Benicia Farmers Market (1st St, Benicia, CA, 94510) on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. More workshop dates and times will be announced.

Unable to attend? Please visit SolTransRide.com and leave your local service suggestions in the comment form. Information from the public meetings, workshops and public input will be used in a study to improve SolTrans’ local service. All service change proposals will be brought back for public comment in the winter of 2018.

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 Vallejo Admiral Ticket Giveaway!

Vallejo Admiral Ticket Giveaway

June 25th, 2018, 3 p.m. at the Vallejo Transit Center

VALLEJO, CA – Heads up! Come to the Vallejo Transit Center at 3 p.m. on June 25th for a chance to receive free tickets to see the Vallejo Admirals!

It’s baseball season and Vallejoans need their fix! SolTrans will be giving away a limited supply of free Admirals tickets, and will also be presenting you with opportunities to meet the players and get autographs!

“Who doesn’t love America’s favorite pastime?” says Mandi Renshaw, SolTrans Program Analyst II. “The staff at SolTrans is excited to support their local team.”

The Vallejo Admirals are defending their title as 2017 Pacific Association Champions, so come support your local team, and maybe meet them as well! SolTrans has been longtime supporters of our Admirals, so don’t strike out! Come join your community at this grand slam event.

For full bus schedules and routes please go to 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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SolTrans supports the Arts in Vallejo with FREE bus rides to the Art Walk

Vallejo, CA – The Vallejo Art Walk is back for 2018! 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 all local routes. SolTrans invites all to join the activities in downtown Vallejo on April 13th, May 11th, June 8th, July 13th, August 10th, September 14th, October 12th, November 9th, and December 14th from 4 PM until the end of local bus service (local fixed routes only) by showing your “Art Passport” for the event. You can print your passport at the SolTrans website and click the Vallejo Art Walk link or at the Vallejo Art Walk website (www.VallejoArtWalk.com).

Most of the talented artists are located in the central core of the downtown Vallejo, a very walkable distance from the Vallejo Transit Center. Just hop on one of our 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.

Program Analyst for SolTrans, Mandi Renshaw had this to say about the Art Walk; “Our main focus at SolTrans is to help get our riders to where they want to go. 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 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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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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