SolTrans

The Bay Area’s Essential Guide to Commuting With SolTrans

Everything you need to know to begin your SolTrans journey today

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With commuting costs adding up and Bay Area traffic getting worse, smart commuters and travelers are always looking for ways to ease the hassle of getting around.

Solano County commuters have a particularly modern and convenient option in SolTrans, a shining fleet of clean-energy buses that has connected Benicia, Vallejo and beyond for more than five years. SolTrans trips are affordable, and the eco-friendly bus rides all accomodate Clipper card users while leaving the driving to someone else.

The name SolTrans is not a reference to solar power—though SolTrans employs a number of green-energy hybrid buses and is adding a number of pure-electric buses this summer. Instead, the “Sol” stands for Solano, the northeast Bay Area county where SolTrans connects the cities of Vallejo, Benicia and Fairfield.

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SolTrans also offers connections to the downtown San Francisco Ferry Building and to the greater Bay Area by connecting to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). What’s more, SolTrans connects to other regional transit services like Oakland’s AC Transit, Marin and Sonoma counties’ Golden Gate Transit, and Napa’s Vine—providing hassle-free, affordable access to the whole San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

The SolTrans Advantage

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There are numerous advantages of riding SolTrans instead of driving. We’ll start with the obvious benefit of cost. As gas prices in the Bay Area continue to fluctuate, and with the hassles of finding and paying for parking climbing, SolTrans lets you travel the East Bay at a fraction of the total fee of driving.

In the increasingly traffic-congested Bay Area, SolTrans offers time management and convenience that traveling by automobile cannot afford. SolTrans riders can read, catch up on emails and get things done on the bus, with WiFi service on all SolTrans buses launching soon and more energy-efficient and fully electric buses on the way.

SolTrans is also an exceptionally safe method of transportation, winning national recognition for an exceptionally low incidence of accidents or injury. SolTrans buses are also bike-friendly, with bicycle storage on each bus.

 

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Anyone who uses any form of Bay Area transit is familiar with the Clipper card, the all-in-one public transit smart card used by many Bay Area transit agencies. SolTrans is one of them, even offering a fare credit when transferring from SolTrans to the Vallejo-San Francisco Bay Ferry.

Summer Slice Promo for the Kids

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SolTrans sizzles for kids and youth this summer, with a Summer Slice promotion that slices fares for ages 6 to 18. Through Aug. 31, kids get a Youth Local Day Pass for just $1. Yup, that’s all-day riding in one zone for just a dollar! Even better, a Youth Local 31-Day Pass is just $15, giving kids unlimited SolTrans transit in one zone for less than 50 cents a day.

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If a SolTrans stop is not conveniently located for you, you can even schedule a Dial-A-Ride bus service (within the city of Benicia) for direct pickup at home and drop-off at your destination.

Much like a ride-sharing service (except much more affordable), Dial-A-Ride is the ideal option for ADA riders or anyone pressed for time. And there is no application process necessary; just phone one to three days in advance of your trip. ADA Paratransit-certified residents can also use the Solano County Intercity Taxi Scrip Program for same-day, curb-to-curb transportation on SolTrans offered at a reduced cost.

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Real-time bus locations and estimates on SolTrans arrival times are available right on your smartphone via the MyRide app. And for drive-to-ride connections, 24-hour parking is available by the day or by the month at the Curtola Park & Ride Hub in Vallejo, allowing you to conveniently park your car and then enjoy the savings of SolTrans for the remainder of your trip.  Additionally, as a bonus, Curtola currently allows you to charge your parked electric cars for free.

As the Bay Area gets ever more crowded and challenging to navigate, SolTrans provides an easier, greener and more affordable way to get around conveniently. With connections to most regional transit services, the greater Bay Area is just a SolTrans ride away.

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SolTrans delivers safe, reliable and efficient transportation services that effectively link people, jobs and our communities. For more information, visit soltransride.com.

 

Story Contributors: Joe Kukura and Gayle Peterson

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Rider Alert: Temporary Route 8 Detour

Route 8 will temporarily not be serving the following stops:

  • Rollingwood Dr. & Pope Dr.
  • Rollingwood Dr. & Keates Dr.
  • Rollingwood Dr. & Baywood Dr.

The closest stops are at Georgia St. & Corkwood St., Rollingwood Dr. & Cottonwood Dr. and Benicia Rd & Rollingwood Dr.

Regular service to these stops is expected to resume by 12PM today.

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All Aboard: En Route with SolTrans

Explore the unique communities of Vallejo and Benicia on these popular Soltrans routes

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Halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, some off-the-beaten path destinations await in the cities of Vallejo and Benicia. And all of these places are easy to get to—even without driving—thanks to the clean and comfortable public transit service of SolTrans.

World-class public transportation isn’t limited to the biggest cities in the Bay Area, and SolTrans will shuttle you all over Solano County in comfort for just a few dollars. And there are some notable and outstanding destinations found right along the SolTrans routes that every northern Californian should visit at least once.

SolTrans has easy connections to BART, the San Francisco Bay Ferry, AC Transit and a number of other transit services of the like. You can connect to SolTrans from anywhere on the BART line, stopping at Walnut Creek or Pleasant Hill stations and catching SolTrans’ Route 78, or the Route 80 from the El Cerrito Del Norte BART.

From downtown San Francisco, the scenic San Francisco Bay Ferry arrives at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal where 11 SolTrans routes are available. And once you’re onboard the SolTrans system, these are just a few of your top attractions and destinations.

 

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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
You see the towering roller coasters from miles away, making Six Flags Discovery Kingdom one of northern California’s most iconic amusement and animal-themed parks. You can get to the wild animals (and wild rides) with a calm ride on SolTrans Route 85 that connects downtown Vallejo with Fairfield. This is a great diversion for kids in the summer months thanks to SolTrans’ Summer Slice discount promotion.

 

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Mare Island
Mare Island is like an open-air U.S. history museum, once the first-ever naval shipyard on the west coast and now home to historical parks, a golf course, the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve and the sprawling mountain views of the San Pablo Bay Trail. You can get to Mare Island from one of the many SolTrans routes that stop at the Vallejo Transit Center followed by a quick walk across the Causeway Bridge.

 

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Empress Theater
Vallejo’s historic Empress Theater is a classic venue playing host to live blues, jazz, soul, comedy and more. And you’re just a couple of blocks away with any of the SolTrans routes that stop at the Vallejo Transit Center.

 

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Downtown Vallejo
Downtown Vallejo is packed with shopping, restaurant and activities, many walkable for the Vallejo Transit Center. Some high points and their corresponding SolTrans routes include the delectable Momo’s Cafe (Route 4), the unique, retro Children’s Amusement Park (Route 4 and Route 7) and the Vallejo Naval Historical Museum (Route 4 and Route 6).

 

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Downtown Benicia
Downtown Benicia is a waterfront city that briefly served as the capital of California. You’ll find that very capital building still intact at the fascinating Benicia Capitol State Historic Park (Route 78), a close walk from the excellent waterfront restaurant Sailor Jack’s (Route 78), and the hiking, cycling and birding of Benicia State Recreation Area (Route 20).

 

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Benicia Clock Tower
A historical marvel, the Benicia Clock Tower was built in 1856 and now functions an event space and landmark historical museum. The first stone fortress built in the western U.S., the tower remains Benicia’s largest structure and is a hearty two mile walk accessible from two SolTrans’ Benicia routes: Route 17 and Route 20.

 

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Blue Rock Springs
You’ll find bike trails, picnic tables, live events and a 36-hole golf course at Blue Rocks Springs. Hang out with the ducks and peacocks by the lake, or else take a hike with magnificent views at Blue Rock Springs, accessible on SolTrans’ Route 20.

SolTrans is a great, affordable and hassle-free way to travel and explore northern California and many outstanding Vallejo and Benicia destinations. SolTrans buses offer bike racks on the front of each bus to accommodate cyclists, and there’s a handy MyRide app to detail bus arrival times.

Get to know these signature stops on the SolTrans routes and become part of the Solano County’s blossoming commuting community.

 

For more information, visit www.soltransride.com. “We’re your Heart & Sol for Transportation.”

 

Contributors to this story:  Joe Kukura and Gayle Peterson

 

 

 

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Rider Alert: Route 85, Expect Delays

Due to a traffic accident on Eastbound I-80, all lanes east of American Canyon Road have been closed. Traffic is being diverted off to American Canyon Road, please expect delays. Roadways are expected to reopen by 7:00pm.

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Clipper Card Temporarily Unavailable

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Effective Friday, July 8, 2016

Due to construction affecting internet capabilities at the Vallejo Transit Center Ticket Office, the Clipper Card system may be unavailable throughout the day.  Clipper is scheduled to be back online by Saturday, July 9, 2016.

For other locations offering Clipper Card services, please visit our Clipper page for a list of retailers, or call Clipper at 877-878-8883.

 

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Rider Alert: Temporary Detours, Routes 2 & 4

Effective Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Due to a chemical spill the streets below are closed:

  • Lewis Brown
  • Southbound Broadway
  • Southbound Tuolumne
  • Northbound Phoenix

The road closure affects bus stops along Routes 2 and 4.  Regular service is expected to resume Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Stops affected on Tuolumne Street between Broadway at Hospital Drive, and Broadway Street between Tuolumne and Garibaldi.

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Stops affected are on Tuolumne Street between Broadway and BW Williams and stops on BW Williams.

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