SolTrans

Benicia Dial-A-Ride Senior Fare

November 2014 through December 2015

Starting November 2014 Seniors traveling off-peak hours now pay a reduced fare on Benicia Dial-A-Ride.  Senior Dial-A-Ride Fare (65+) will be $1 one-way cash fare during the off-peak hours of 10am- 3pm during weekdays and ALL day Saturday.  To schedule a trip: 707-745-0815

Senior DAR Discount FINAL 10-30-14

Senior DAR Discount FINAL 10-30-14 

 

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Temporary Bus Stop Closure Route 7

Effective Monday, October 27 through Sunday, November 9, 2014
 

Temporary Bus Stop Closure, Route 7

During sidewalk and road repairs, the eastbound bus stop at Springs Road and Oakwood Avenue will not be served.

The nearest alternate stops are located at:

  • Springs Road & Thelma Ave (Quik Stop)
  • Springs & Heartwood Avenue (Sacs)

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Press Release: SolTrans Recognized with “Excellence in Motion” Award by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Vallejo, CA – The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) recognized Solano County Transit (SolTrans) with an Award of Merit yesterday.  The Excellence in Motion Award was given in recognition of the significant progress the Agency has made since its inception in December 2010, when the transit systems once operated by the Cities of Benicia and Vallejo were merged.

In a press release the MTC wrote, “SolTrans provides sustainable and efficient transportation services for southern Solano County.  The agency developed the downtown Vallejo Transit Center, serving approximately 1.4 million annual riders, and the fleet of 21 new hybrid electric transit buses which saves more than $1 million annually in operational costs.  SolTrans has consistently recorded annual ridership increases since the merger.”

Presenting the award to SolTrans was MTC Commissioner and SolTrans Board Member, Jim Spering, who is also a Solano County Supervisor.  In his introductory remarks, Commissioner Spering mentioned that SolTrans is not another new agency in the Bay Area, but the consolidation of two transit systems into one, in order to provide sustainable, efficient and reliable transit services in Solano County.

Accepting the award on behalf of SolTrans was Vallejo Mayor, Osby Davis, who is the Vice-Chairperson of the SolTrans Board of Directors.  He is also one of the Agency’s architects and founding Board Members along with Commissioner Spering.  “It is the way of the future,” noted Mayor Davis about the SolTrans merger.  “If public agencies are going to survive, they are going to have to find ways to collaborate with each other because the resources are not there anymore to do it alone.”

Also present to take the stage with Mayor Davis were Mayor Elizabeth Patterson of Benicia, and Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan; both of whom also played key roles in establishing SolTrans as founding Board Members.

SolTrans’ first, permanent and current Executive Director, Mona Babauta, was also present at the ceremony.  “It was a great honor to be recognized by MTC for the positive results that have come out of the consolidation.  The SolTrans Board deserved to be commended for their strong vision and political will in creating the Agency; and, it has been a true pleasure to help them realize their desire for a sustainable transit system and increasingly improved levels of service.”

The awards ceremony was held in Oakland at the Scottish Rite Center.  The MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.  Four individual awards and six awards of merit were presented at the ceremony.  SolTrans was the only Transit Agency to be recognized at the biannual awards program. More information may be found at the following link: http://www.mtc.ca.gov/about_mtc/awards/2014/soltrans.htm

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.  They 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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Fill out a survey and receive a free water bottle!

Effective Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) plans for and funds transportation programs and projects for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.  MTC values input from you – active residents who use our transportation network.

MTC will be surveying travelers at the Vallejo Transit Center on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  We’d appreciate your taking time to complete our short survey.  We’re giving away FREE, limited-edition water bottles as a thank you to the first 50 survey participants.

Miss the chance to take the survey in-person? Don’t fret:  we’d love to hear from you via our online survey.  Please visit onebayarea.org/misc/open-forum.html and make your opinion heard.  Thank you!

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Benicia Monthly Senior Lunch Shuttle

Going Out for Lunch?  Ride the Shuttle

Effective October 22, November 19, and December 17, 2014

Benicia Monthly Senior Lunch Shuttle

In partnership with the Benicia Community Center, SolTrans brings you the Benicia Monthly Senior Lunch Shuttle.  SolTrans is operating a monthly shuttle service to the Benicia Senior Center.   No reservation is required, as the shuttle operates on a fixed route schedule.

The pilot shuttle operates on a limited schedule on monthly senior luncheon dates:

  • October 22, 2014
  • November 19, 2014
  • December 17, 2014

The stops will be located at the Casa de Vilarrassa, Rancho Benicia, and the Benicia Senior Center

On October 22, 2014, rides are FREE in both directions.  On November 19 and December 17, 2014, the cost to ride the shuttle will be the local fixed route fare:

  • Seniors (65+), Persons with disabilities, and Medicare – $0.85
  • Adults – $1.75

Please refer to the flier for arrival and departure times.

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Lane Closures and Pedestrian Detours for SolTrans Curtola Park and Ride Hub

Intermittent Lane Closures

Due to construction on the west side of the Curtola Parking lot, there will be intermittent lane closures on Curtola Parkway, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please use caution when driving in the area.

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Pedestrian Detour for Closed Sidewalk

In order to ensure pedestrian safety during construction, the sidewalk along the south side of Curtola Parkway in front of the parking lot will be closed. Please use the crosswalks at the east and west ends of the parking lot to detour around the closure.

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Press Release: SolTrans Supports Vallejo’s Waterfront Weekend with Free Local Rides and a Special Community Shuttle on Saturday

Vallejo & Benicia, CA – On Saturday, October 4, 2014, Solano County Transit (SolTrans) is supporting Vallejo’s Waterfront Weekend festivities by providing the following:

1)      A Special Community Shuttle: A FREE Community Shuttle will operate between downtown Vallejo and Mare Island every 15 minutes, allowing passengers to board and alight at designated stops.  The first trip will leave the downtown Vallejo Transit Center (VTC) at 9:45 a.m. to head to Mare Island, and the last trip from the VTC will be at 4:00 p.m. Service will not be provided between 12:25 and 12:59, and it will end at 4:25 p.m.to allow patrons to connect to other local fixed routes at the end of the day.

The Community Shuttle bus will take passengers to historic destinations such as the Mare Island Museum, St. Peter’s Chapel, Alden Park, and the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Individuals could also appreciate the arts by bus, which will go by the Coal Shed Studios on Mare Island, the Empress Theatre, and the downtown arts district. In fact, volunteers will be on the buses departing the Ferry Building bus stop on Mare Island Way at 12:02, 1:02 and 2:02 p.m. to provide a special overview of the sites along the way. Additionally, this service will provide easy access to the festivities along the waterfront, at the JFK Library, and in downtown Vallejo such as the Farmer’s Market and the Classic Car Show. Residents of Mare Island are especially encouraged to take the community shuttle to the festivities to avoid any parking and traffic hassles.

 

2)      Free Rides on the Local Fixed Route System:  To maximize access to the festivities for local citizens, SolTrans is offering free rides on the local fixed route system with the “Free Rides” advertisement accompanying this press release. Individuals wishing to take advantage of this offer simply need to present this advertisement either in print or on a mobile device to the bus operator upon boarding any local buses. This offer is only valid on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Furthermore, this offer is not valid on any Solano Express Routes, including Routes 76, 78, 80 and 85.

SolTrans encourages everyone to “try transit” to enjoy the festivities and to explore Vallejo’s historic gems along the waterfront, in downtown Vallejo and on Mare Island. For more information on the Community Shuttle and the Free Local Rides, please visit SolTrans’ website at: www.soltransride.com. Volunteers at the information booths, which will be located by Vic’s Wheelhouse, the Waterfront Lawn, and the Yacht Club on Saturday, Oct. 4th, will also be available to provide information on SolTrans’ promotions and the various route destinations. For information on all the exciting activities planned during the Waterfront Weekend, please visit the following website: http://www.vallejowaterfrontweekend.com/

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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