August 2016 Service Improvements

Effective Sunday, August 21, 2016

Service Improvements for the following routes will go into effect:

  • Route 15/17:  Friday afternoon trips add 1 minute running time between Seaview/Goldenhill and Military/1st for consistency with the Monday‐Thursday schedule.
  • Route 20:  Has been extended to the Sereno Transit Center, and serves Six Flags, Kaiser and Sutter Solano hospitals and improves connections to Route 78.
  • Route 80:  The weekday schedule reflects actual running times which have been increased southbound during the morning peak periods, and northbound during evening peak periods. Timed to connect with Transbay trains at BART.
  • Route 85:  Running and departures times have been revised to provide adequate running time in both directions.
  • VTC Bus Bay relocations:  The bus stops for Routes 3, 6, 7 and 8 at the Vallejo Transit Center have been moved to improve routing.

Please check the schedules when planning your trips, as changes in time points may affect your connections.

Route 15-17

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Route 20

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Vallejo Transit Center Bus Bay Stop Relocations

VTC Bay Assignments

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Rider Alert: Routes 3 & 78, Expect Delays

Due to a traffic accident on Eastbound I-780, all lanes east of Lemon St have been closed. Traffic is being diverted off to I-80 eastbound, please expect delays on routes 3 and 78. There is no time estimate for when lanes will reopen.

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Rider Alert: Upcoming I-80 Closure & Route 80 Detour

Effective Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11:00 pm to Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 7:00 am

Route 80 may experience delays and will be detoured during the temporary closure of Interstate 80 in both directions. All motorists will be detoured to San Pablo Avenue.

Route 80 Detour Map

Route 80 Detour

More information is available at:

Regular service is scheduled to resume after 7:00 am on Sunday, August 21, 2016.

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Rider Alert: Temporary Detour Routes 1 & 4

Due to the Georgia StrEATS event, the route 1 and route 4 will be temporarily detoured from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, August 13, 2016. In addition, the stop at Georgia St & Sonoma St will be temporarily closed; please use the Georgia St & Napa St stop instead. Regular service will resume on Sunday, August 14, 2016.

Temporary Detour Route 1 & 4

Temporary Detour Route 1 & 4

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Bus Bay Relocation at VTC

Effective Sunday, August 21, 2016

To coincide with service improvements, the stops at the Vallejo Transit Center will be relocated for routes 3, 6, 7 and 8.

Please look for the signs beginning Sunday, August 21st to ensure you are waiting for your bus at the correct stop.


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Benicia Dial-A-Ride Senior Fare

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

Benicia Dial-A-Ride Senior Fare Flier

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Buy One Get One!

When?    Wednesday, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 or until supplies last

What?    Buy One Get One Free Solano Express 31-Day Pass

Who?      You are eligible to be a participant if you:

  • Live or work in Contra Costa County
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Would otherwise drive alone to/from an employment location if SolTrans Routes 78 or 80 were not available
  • Agree to complete a brief questionnaire to determine the effectiveness of this promotion.

BOGO Questionnaire

2016 BOGO Flyer 2


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2016 Back to School Transit Fairs


Back to School Vallejo Transit Center 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Vallejo Transit Center, 311 Sacramento Street


Back to School Benicia 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Benicia Library, Dona Benicia Room, 150 East L St, Benicia
and at
Benicia Farmers Market 
Thursday, August 18, 2016 
4 p.m. to 7:00p.m. 
Bottom of 1st Street, Benicia


The first 100 students to visit our booth will receive a free SolTrans Local Youth Day Pass.


Enter our raffle to win one 31-Day bus pass valid on SolTrans local bus routes.

*  One raffle entry per student.  Winners will be notified via email or method indicated on the raffle ticket.


  • Learn which bus route serves your school
  • Discover how to ride the bus
  • Find the best fare for your bus routes

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The Bay Area’s Essential Guide to Commuting With SolTrans

Everything you need to know to begin your SolTrans journey today


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.


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


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.


Clipper-Card Accessible


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


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.


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.


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.


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


Story Contributors: Joe Kukura and Gayle Peterson

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