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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.

LaneClosure_map

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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Vallejo Waterfront Weekend – Community Shuttle and Free Local Rides

SPECIAL EVENT BUS ROUTE AND FREE LOCAL RIDES ON OCTOBER 4, 2014

Free Shuttle to Explore Mare Island and Downtown Vallejo

During Vallejo Waterfront Weekend, SolTrans will operate a special free shuttle for the general public to explore Vallejo’s historical landmarks, museums, art studios and other attractions on Mare Island and in historic Downtown Vallejo.  The FREE COMMUNITY SHUTTLE will operate every 15-minutes and has designated bus stops along the special route.

Community Shuttle Schedule and MapWF Schedule WF Map

 

 

Free Local Rides

To maximize local connectivity to the Waterfront festivities, SolTrans will be offering FREE local rides all-day on Saturday, October 4, 2014 with the advertisement below.  Simply present this advertisement to the driver of any SolTrans local bus route, and receive a free ride.  (*This advertisement is only valid on October 4th and is not valid on Solano Express Routes 76, 78, 80, 85*)

Waterfront Weekend Free Local Ride Ad

Waterfront Weekend Free Local Ride Ad

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Rider Alerts: Bus stops proposed for removal

SolTrans has been taking a comprehensive look at all of the transit system’s routes in order to improve transit services in Vallejo and Benicia as well as the regional connections beyond.

Over the past year, the project has included on-board surveys, ridership counts, and a detailed analysis of how people currently use transit within Vallejo and Benicia and beyond. With the help of transit industry experts, SolTrans has developed some proposals for how service could be improved in 2015.

The improvements include proposals to discontinue service to some bus stops in order to provide more direct, bi-directional service.  These include proposed bus stop closures on Route 2, 4, 5, 6, and 85 for 2015.

SolTrans has been taking comments on the proposals since August 2014.  To review and comment on the revised proposals, please see the System Improvements page:  www.soltransride.com/planning/system-restructuring

Proposed Bus Stop Closures

ROUTE 2

Route 2_Proposed stops for removal

In order to provide more direct bi-directional service on Route 2, these bus stops would no longer be served by Route 2 beginning in August 2015:

· Corcoran & Erin
· Corcoran & Belfast
· Christopher & Lilian
· Chistopher & Evelyn
· Griffin & Taper
· Gateway & Fairgrounds
· Redwood & Bonnie
· Redwood & Headwater
· Ascot & Redwood
· Turner & North Ascot

ROUTE 4

Route 4_Proposed stops for removal

In order to provide more direct bi-directional service on Route 4, these bus stops would no longer be served by Route 4 beginning in January 2015:

· Sonoma & Redwood
· Couch & Redwood

ROUTE 5

Route 5_Proposed stops for removal

In order to provide more direct bi-directional service on Route 5, these bus stops would no longer be served by Route 5 beginning in January 2015:

· Sereno & Los Cerritos
· Sereno & Cima
· Sereno & Emerald
· Couch & Redwood
· Redwood & Alameda
· Redwood & N Camino Alto

ROUTE 6

Route 6_Proposed stops for removal

In order to provide more direct bi-directional service on Route 6, these bus stops would no longer be served by Route 6 beginning in January 2015:

· Oakwood & Springs
· Georgia & Rosewood
· Georgia & Heartwood
· Georgia & Corkwood
· Georgia & Norfolk
· Georgia & Southport
· Ascot & Georgia
· Ascot & Hawkins
· Ascot & Southport
· Ascot & Hilary
· Springs & Rollingwood

ROUTE 85

Route 85_Proposed stops for removal

In order to provide faster express service between Vallejo and Fairfield,  the Route 85 is proposed to serve only the following stops, beginning in January 2015. This will help Soltrans address on-time performance issues.  The streamlined route will travel to:

• Vallejo:  Non-stop to Vallejo Transit Center, Sereno Transit Center, Fairgrounds/Six Flags.
• Fairfield:  Non-stop to Solano Community College, and Solano Mall (Fairfield Transportation Center may be a new stop).

 

Posted under Planning

Revised System Improvement Proposals — We Want Your Feedback!

REVIEW AND COMMENT

SolTrans has revised the system improvement route proposals based on public input.  To review and comment on the revisions, come to one of our outreach events, or review the proposals at the links below and provide your comments in the comment form:

View the Revised Proposals

 

The extended comment period closed October 8, 2014.  

 

REVISED PROPOSALS SUMMARY

Below are summaries of the proposals for each Route.  Sections in bold, white font were revised from the initial proposal responses.

Short Term – January 2015

1 30 minute weekday service all-day
2 30 minute weekday service all-day
4 Bi-directional service from Sereno Transit Center via upper Tuolumne. Discontinue loop serving CVS at Sonoma Blvd. ·Discontinue Sereno Blvd. segment between Broadway and Tuolumne St.
5 Combine branched service into single route on portions of Sereno & Redwood
6 Split one-way loop route into two separate, bi-directional routes (one operating on Tennessee St. and the other on Benicia Rd.)   Discontinue Ascot/Columbus Parkway service
7 Operate 30 minute weekday service all-day
76/78 Integrate Route 76 into Route 78 for productivity purposes, with three roundtrips including Diablo Valley College and Sun Valley Mall . Continue to serve Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek BART
85 Streamline express service in Vallejo, with non-stop service between Vallejo Transit Center, Sereno Transit Center & Fairgrounds (Six Flags/Marine World).  Operate express service along I-80 with stops at Solano Community College in Fairfield, Fairfield Transportation Center and Solano Mall

Short Term – August 2015

2 Bi-directional service via Corcoran. Shift route to Fairgrounds Drive and turn bus at Solano Community College. Discontinue service along Columbus Parkway loop. Bi-directional service for Gateway Plaza
7 Move bus stops along Columbus Parkway (at Hilary & Ascot)

 Long Term – After August 2014

1 Bi-directional service at Sonoma Blvd.
3 Bi-directional service for south Vallejo. Discontinue Glen Cove Landing segment
80s Discontinue due to low ridership. Consider “lifeline service” between  Benicia & Vallejo on Sunday  to provide access to BART/shopping for Benicia citizens
80 Reinstate Route 80 Service to El Cerrito del Norte BART on Sundays, in conjunction with discontinuing the Route 80S
85 Streamline service to run on SR37 and I-80, making stops at Vallejo Transit Center, Sereno Transit Center, Six Flags/Fairgrounds and American Canyon/Hiddenbrook when freeway ramp stops are introduced in coordination with the Solano Corridor improvements.  Consider discontinuing Solano Town Center/Solano Mall stop.

Long Term – When Funds Are Available

3, 4, 5, 6 Operate 30 minute weekday service all-day
All Routes Extend weekday hours of service to 10 pm. Add Sunday service
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Proposals will be on display and staff­ will be available at the events below to answer questions and receive your feedback.

Revised Proposals Upcoming Events Flier

Event 1:  September 25, 2014
Vallejo Transit Center
311 Sacramento St, Vallejo CA
5:00pm – 7:00pm
 
Event 2:  September 26, 2014
Benicia Public Library
150 East L St, Benicia CA
4:00pm – 6:00pm
 
Event 3:  September 30, 2014
Vallejo Transit Center
311 Sacramento St, Vallejo CA
5:00pm – 7:00pm
 

SolTrans Flyer 2014 09 19 with summary v3

MORE INFORMATION

Please visit our System Restructuring webpage for more information.

Posted under Planning

NOTICE: City of Vallejo Sealing Top Level of Parking Garage

Monday, September 15 through Friday September 26, 2014

Please note that the City of Vallejo will be closing the top level of the Waterfront Parking Garage for maintenance sealing work before the start of the rainy season. The project is expected to last two weeks, from Monday, September 15 through Friday, September 26.

The City of Vallejo’s press release regarding the work can be found here:  www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=98732

 
This notice is provided as a courtesy to SolTrans’ passengers.  The City of Vallejo owns and operates the Waterfront Parking Garage.  Please direct your questions about this closure to the City of Vallejo at the numbers shown on the above press release.

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