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January 05, 2021

Press Release: SolTrans Route 82 Goes to SF Ferry Terminal

Mandi Renshaw

January 5, 2021

Vallejo, CA – Solano County Transit (SolTrans) added a pilot bus service to the San Francisco Ferry Terminal in early December in response to public requests for increased bus service from Vallejo to San Francisco. The new pilot Route 82 bus connects Vallejo to San Francisco during peak commute hours. The trips will operate on weekdays from the Vallejo Transit Center (VTC), serving El Cerrito del Norte BART and then on to San Francisco Ferry Terminal on the Embarcadero before returning to Vallejo.

To encourage riders to try the new service, the 6:15 a.m. departure from VTC to San Francisco will be FREE from January 1, 2021 to February 1, 2021. All other Route 82 trips will be the regular posted fare – Adult $10, Youth $8 and Reduced $5.  

The Route 82 pilot schedule consists of one early morning roundtrip that will depart the VTC at 6:15 a.m. and arrive at the Ferry Terminal just after 7 a.m. and an afternoon round trip that will depart VTC at 4:30 p.m. towards San Francisco and leave the San Francisco Ferry Terminal at 5:45 p.m. Staff will decide on permanently adding the pilot Route 82 to the SolanoExpress Lines based on ridership and funding in the Fall of 2021 and change the name to fit in with the already existing color lines Red and Yellow. The additional service is an initiative out of the San Francisco Plan Bay Area 2050 increasing direct public transportation from Vallejo to San Francisco. 

Regular bus rider Brenda Cole said of the new service, “I am so excited. I will feel more comfortable commuting to work thanks to this change. I will even ride the first bus open to the public to test out the route.”  

SolTrans continues to offer its late-evening northbound Route 82 departure from San Francisco at 10:29 p.m., which is the last direct connection to Solano County from San Francisco.

Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has been the public transportation provider for south Solano County since July 2011. SolTrans provides local and SolanoExpress fixed routes, complementary paratransit, and subsidized Lyft 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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