SolTrans

Request for Public Comment on Proposed 2019 Fare Modification

SolTrans is seeking public input on a proposed fare increase to local routes. The proposed changes and the public input process are outlined below.
Background:

• SolTrans has not had a fare increase since 2006, while operating costs have increased
• SolTrans is required to collect fares that will cover 20% of the cost of operating the local routes or risk losing government funding
• Currently SolTrans is only collecting 13% of the cost of operating the local routes from passenger fares

SolTrans has been working hard on our service quality – keeping buses on time, keeping our service reliable, and keeping the buses maintained to avoid breakdowns on the road. We will also be making improvements to local service starting in 2019 based on the results of our Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA); our goal is to make service sustainable in order to avoid service cuts.  For more information on the COA click HERE

Proposed Changes

Instead of doing one big increase SolTrans wanted to break it up over 6 years so riders can plan. The first fare increase will take place July 1, 2019. It will be the first of three increases over the next six years. Increases are scheduled for July 2019, July 2021 and July 2023.

The table below reflects the proposed increases over the next six years:

SolTrans
Local Fare Structure
Current Fare Structure
Adult Youth Reduced*
Local Routes
Cash Fare $1.75 $1.50 $0.85
Day Pass $4.00 $3.00 $2.00
10 ride pass $15.00 $12.00 $7.00
31 Day pass $56.00 $44.00 $28.00
ADA Paratransit 
Local $3.00 n/a n/a
Regional $5.50 n/a n/a
GP Dial-A-Ride
Cash fare $2.00 n/a n/a
Mid-day Fare for Seniors $1.00 n/a n/a
SolTrans
Proposed Local Fare Structure
July 2019 July 2021 July 2023
Adult Youth Reduced* Adult Youth Reduced Adult Youth Reduced
Local Routes
Cash Fare $2.00 $1.60 $1.00 $2.20 $1.75 $1.10 $2.30 $2.00 $1.15
Day Pass $4.50 $3.50 $2.25 $4.75 $3.75 $2.30 $5.00 $4.00 $2.50
10 ride pass $18.00 $14.00 $9.00 $20.00 $16.00 $9.50 $21.00 $18.00 $10.00
31 Day pass $60.00 $46.00 $30.00 $62.00 $48.00 $31.00 $64.00 $50.00 $32.00
ADA Paratransit
Local $4.00 n/a n/a $4.25 n/a n/a $4.50 n/a n/a
Regional $6.50 n/a n/a $6.75 n/a n/a $7.00 n/a n/a
GP Dial-A-Ride
Cash fare $4.00 n/a n/a $4.25 n/a n/a $4.50 n/a n/a
Mid-day Fare for Seniors $2.00 n/a n/a $2.25 n/a n/a $2.50 n/a n/a

* For people age 65 or older, disabled, or have a medicare or RTC card

Public Input Process
The public is invited to provide input regarding these proposed fare changes. While we need to do a fare increase, we welcome your comments as to the amount of each increase, the increase amount by fare type and the timing of the increases. Comments may be submitted by filling out the survey on the link below, by postal mail to: Fare Change Comments, SolTrans, 311 Sacramento St. Vallejo, CA 94590. Comments may also be made at one of three public workshops that have been scheduled:

  • October 11, 2018- 4-7 PM, Benicia’s Farmer Market: First Street Benicia
  • October 27, 2018 – 9AM-2PM, Vallejo Farmers Market, Georgia Street Vallejo
  • November 1, 2018- 9:30AM-1PM, Solano Community College Fairfield Campus Building 1400, Fairfield
  • November 2, 2018- 12- 3PM, Solano Town Center Bus Stop 829012 across from Sears, Fairfield
  • November 3, 2018 – 9AM-2PM, Vallejo Farmers Market, Georgia Street Vallejo
  • December 20, 2018 – 4 PM, Formal Public Hearing: SolTrans Board meeting, Vallejo City Council Chambers

Unable to attend? Fill out the survey below:

Comments must be received by Sunday, December 31, 2018 at 5 pm to be considered as part of the development of the final staff recommendation.
The SolTrans Board of Directors is expected to consider the final staff recommendation on the proposed fare changes at their January 17, 2019 meeting.

Posted under Planning

SolanoExpress Corridor Study Phase II, New Red Line

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED RED LINE

 

The public is invited to comment on the SolTrans SolanoExpress Corridor Study Phase II: Route 80 and Route 85 merge together to become the Red Line SolTrans staff will hold public workshops in October through December 2018 to receive community input on proposed modifications to SolanoExpress Route 80 and Route 85 bus service. Approved changes are proposed to go into effect June 30, 2019. Public comment is due by December 10, 2018.

Details of the service proposals under consideration are available for review HERE. The public is encouraged to attend the workshops and comment on the proposals:

  • October 11th, 2018- 4- 7 PM, Benicia Farmers Market, First Street Benicia
  • October 27, 2018 – 9AM-2PM, Vallejo Farmers Market, Georgia Street Vallejo
  • November 1, 2018- 9:30AM-1PM, Solano Community College Fairfield Campus Building 1400, Fairfield
  • November 2, 2018- 12- 3PM, Solano Town Center Bus Stop 829012 across from Sears, Fairfield
  • November 3, 2018 – 9AM-2PM, Vallejo Farmers Market, Georgia Street Vallejo
  • Formal Public Hearing:  Thursday, December 20th SolTrans Board meeting, Vallejo City Council Chambers, 4:00 p.m.

Unable to attend? Visit SolTransRide.com (click on the Request for Comment banner) to fill out a survey about the proposed alternative service or fill out one of the surveys below:

Posted under Planning

Service Alert: Detour Routes 2 & 6, Yellow Line, 4 Southbound

EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Temporary Detour Routes 2, 6, Yellow and 4 Southbound

Due to the annual Mad Hatter Festival & Parade, several routes will detour temporarily and will not serve the following stops:

Routes 2 & 6

  • Sacramento NB & Virginia (821032)
  • Sacramento SB & Virginia (821037)
    Please use the Vallejo Transit Center
  • Sacramento SB & Florida (821036)
    Please use the temporary stop next to St. Vincent’s

Yellow Line (Trips that use Ferry stops only)

  • Mare Island Way NB & Georgia (821068)
    Please use the temporary stop on Mare Island Way or the Vallejo Transit Center
  • Mare Island Way SB & Georgia (821090)
    Please use the temporary stop on Maine St or the Vallejo Transit Center

Route 4 Southbound

  • Butte & Florida (821063)
    Please use Mare Island Way Southbound & Georgia (821090)
  • Carolina & Branciforte (821064)
  • Santa Clara at City Hall/JFK Library (821065)
    Please use the Vallejo Transit Center

Regular service is scheduled to resume on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Posted under Service Alerts

Thanksgiving Day Shuttle

Effective Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Midday Shuttle Service 2018

Vallejo Together and SolTrans are partnering to bring the community together this Thanksgiving Day.  Seniors, and anyone in need who’s looking for a meal, are welcome to a free Thanksgiving feast held at the Moose Lodge in Vallejo.

SolTrans will operate a shuttle between the Florence Douglas Senior Center and the Moose Lodge with scheduled stops along the way.  Vallejo Together will be serving Thanksgiving Day lunches as well as preparing take-home bags including canned foods and other non-perishables.

Please call Vallejo Together at (707) 655-5381 to reserve your spot.

Posted under Promotions

Service Alert: No Service Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Holiday 2018

In observance of Thanksgiving Day, SolTrans buses will NOT operate.

The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, Route 20 will operate on a weekday schedule, and all other routes will operate according to a Saturday schedule.

Regular service will resume Sunday, November 25, 2018.

Posted under Service Alerts

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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NOTICE: FLiXBUS Coming to the Vallejo Transit Center

Effective, Monday, November 12, 2018

FLiXBUS Coming to Vallejo Transit Center

FLiXBUS will be sharing the Route 3 stop at the Vallejo Transit Center twice daily starting on Monday, November 12, 2018.

* Please note that SolTrans and the Vallejo Transit Center Ticket Office do not sell FlixBus tickets or have information about FlixBus services.  Please contact FlixBus directly:

More Information:  Visit flixbus.com/service/faq or call FlixBus Customer Service at (855) 626-8585

Get the FLiXBUS App:

  • book trips
  • buy tickets
  • find stops
  • track your bus
SCHEDULED DEPARTURES
From To Arriving VTC Departing VTC Service Days
San Diego
(Mission Valley)
Vallejo
(VTC – Bay 3)
8:10 AM Sun – Mon
Thu – Sat
Vallejo
(VTC – Bay 3)
San Diego
(Mission Valley)
8:45 PM Sun – Mon
Thu – Sat

Vallejo Transit Center Bay Assignments

Posted under Rider Alerts

Solano County Intercity Taxi Card Funds Limits

Effective December 1, 2018

Solano County Intercity Taxi Card Funds Limits

The new Solano County Taxi Card Program is now available to all ADA Paratransit certified individuals, including those who use power or large wheelchairs and scooters!

To ensure all eligible participants have the opportunity to purchase and use funds, limits are reduced from $800 to $600 per person per month.

Click here for more information about the new Solano County Intercity Taxi Card Program.

 

Posted under Taxi Programs

Solano County Intercity Taxi Card Program

Effective Monday, October 1, 2018 Solano Mobility began switching over from paper Intercity Taxi Scrip Booklets to a Visa Debit Card (PEX Card) and moving to Zone Rates Countywide. The Intercity Taxi Card program is also available for non-ambulatory individuals.

Until the PEX Card is established in all areas of the County, the Taxi Companies will accept both the PEX Card and unexpired Intercity Taxi Scrip.

The SolTrans service area of Vallejo and Benicia will roll out first with all other Solano County cities following in a few months.

Travel To/From Zone Rates:
Vallejo/Benicia* – Dixon  $ 90
Vallejo/Benicia – Fairfield/Suisun**  $ 55
Dixon – Vacaville  $ 30
Fairfield/Suisun – Vacaville  $ 25
Fairfield/Suisun – Rio Vista  $ 65
Dixon – Fairfield/Suisun  $ 55
Vacaville – Vallejo/Benicia  $ 80
Vacaville – TAFB  $ 25
Rio Vista – Vacaville  $ 80
Rio Vista – Dixon  $ 80
Rio Vista – Vallejo/Benicia  $125

*Traveling between Vallejo and Benicia is part of SolTrans Local service area and considered a local trip.  The PEX Card is not available to pay for taxi trips between Vallejo and Benicia.  You may purchase SolTrans Local Taxi Scrip for trips within and between Vallejo and Benicia. 

**Traveling between Fairfield and Suisun is part of FAST’s Local service area and considered a local trip.  The PEX Card is not available to pay for taxi trips between Fairfield and Suisun City.  You may use FAST’s Local Taxi Program for trips within and between Fairfield and Suisun City. 

Estimated Start Date City/Area
October 2018 Benicia and Vallejo
January 2019 Dixon and Rio Vista
April 2019 Fairfield and Suisun City
July 2019 Vacaville

For questions or concerns, please call Solano Mobility at 800-835-6883

 

Posted under Taxi Programs