SolTrans

Request for Public Comment on Proposed 2019 Fare Modification

SolTrans is seeking public input on a proposed fare increase to local routes and paratransit. 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 Thursday, February 21, 2019  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 February 21, 2019 meeting.

Posted under Planning

COA: Proposed Route and Service Change, Request for Public Comment

SolTrans is requesting public comment on the COA: Proposed Route and Service Changes.

Public comment is open from January 21, 2019- March 21, 2019

To comment on the proposed route and service changes visit the link to the Proposed Route and Service Change page. SolTrans staff will be hosting outreach community events to gather public comment, visit the Community Meetings page for scheduled events.

Comments can also be submitted via:

  • Email: info@soltransride.com
  • Phone: (707) 648-4666

Working papers and information about the Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) can be found here.

 

Posted under Planning

Friendly Reminder: No Service Routes 15, 17 & 38

Effective Monday, December 24, 2018, through Friday, January 4, 2019

No Service on Routes 15, 17 and 38 during the Holidays

Vallejo and Benicia Unified School Districts will be closed for the Holidays from Monday, December 24, 2018 through Friday, January 4, 2019.  As a result, Routes 15, 17 and 38 will NOT operate.

Regular service is scheduled to resume for these routes on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Posted under Service Alerts

Benicia Holiday Routes 15 & 17 Sleigh Rides

Friday, December 7, 2018,  5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

FREE Round-Trip Shuttle Rides Map

Benicia Tree Lighting Flier

FREE round-trip shuttle rides to Downtown Benicia Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting.

SolTrans will provide two routes, Sleigh Ride 15 and Sleigh Ride 17, which will operate between 5:30 and 9:30 pm to bring people to and from Benicia’s Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House.

Sleigh 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 Military/ First St
5:30 5:34 5:38 5:42 5:47 5:52 6:05
6:13 6:17 6:21 6:25 6:30 6:35 6:48
6:56 7:00 7:04 7:08 7:13 7:18 7:31
7:39 7:43 7:47 7:51 7:56 8:01 8:14
8:22 8:26 8:30 8:34 8:39 8:44 8:57
9:05 9:09 9:13 9:17 9:22 9:27 9:40
9:48 9:52 9:56 10:00 10:05 10:10
PM times indicated in BOLD
Sleigh Ride 17 Schedule (All times are approximate)
Benicia High School Hastings/ Southampton Hastings/ Rose Rose Drive/ Panorama East 3rd/ Viewmont Military/ First St
5:30 5:34 5:39 5:42 5:48 6:00
6:10 6:14 6:19 6:22 6:28 6:40
6:50 6:54 6:59 7:02 7:08 7:20
7:30 7:34 7:39 7:42 7:48 8:00
8:10 8:14 8:19 8:22 8:28 8:40
8:50 8:54 8:59 9:02 9:08 9:20
9:30 9:34 9:39 9:42 9:48

Posted under Promotions

December Dollar Days Are Back!

All December 2018

December Dollar Days 2018

$1 DAY PASS MON-FRI!
$0.25 ONE WAY CASH FARE!
$0 WEEKENDS FREE!

Ride SolTrans Local bus routes for only $0.25 cash fare or purchase a Local Day Pass on the bus for only $1.00 through the month of December.  Ride FREE on SolTrans Local bus routes on weekends in December!

Promotion valid on the bus only. Offer not valid on SolanoExpress routes.

 

 

Posted under Promotions

Saturday Shopping on SolanoExpress Route 85

Saturdays, beginning November 24th through December 29th, 2018

Saturday Shopping on SolanoExpress Route 85

$1 RIDES!
$2 DAY PASSES!

SolTrans is hosting a promotional reduced fare on Saturdays from Thanksgiving through December on Route 85.  Route 85 travels between Vallejo and Fairfield with regular stops at the Solano Town Center Mall.

The discounted $2 Day Pass is only available onboard SolTrans Route 85.

 

Posted under Promotions

Thanksgiving Special: Ride Local Shop Local

Effective Friday, November 23rd, 24th and 25th, 2018

Ride Local, Shop Local

Ride Local Buses FREE All Thanksgiving Weekend!

Throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, from Friday, November 23, 2018, through Sunday, November 25, 2018, SolTrans will offer FREE local cash fares.  This includes the Route 20 which will run for this special service promotion both Friday and Saturday.

Please note that reduced fares are not available for SolanoExpress routes Yellow, 80/82 and 85.

Posted under Promotions