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Press Release: Call for Local Artist

Mandi Renshaw

March 22, 2024

SolTrans Seeks Creative Minds for Zero-Emission Bus Art Project

Solano County, CA – Solano County Transit (SolTrans) is initiating a “Call for Artists” for original artwork that celebrates the agency’s shift to a zero-emission bus (ZEB) fleet.

SolTrans is inviting artists residing in Solano County to showcase their talents in support of this important initiative. The artwork will adorn SolTrans’ all-electric local bus, serving as a visual representation of their commitment to environmentally-friendly transportation solutions.

“Incorporating good design and art into our transit facilities can significantly improve their appearance and safety. A visually appealing environment uplifts the overall atmosphere and also contributes to a sense of security for our patrons. Wrapping a bus that travels around our local community allows us to share the art with everyone,” said Mandi Renshaw, SolTrans’ Planning and Marketing Manager.

The suggested theme for the artwork revolves around celebrating sustainable green transportation options in Solano County while highlighting connections to the greater Bay Area. Artists are encouraged to reflect on SolTrans’ mission as they create designs that resonate with passengers and passersby alike.

SolTrans is seeking submissions from local artists interested in this public art opportunity. Up to three finalists will be selected to complete preliminary designs. From the finalists, one artist will provide digital artwork to wrap one of SolTrans’ all-electric buses.

“We are thrilled to provide another platform for local artists to showcase their talent while contributing to our community’s efforts towards sustainability,” added Renshaw.

This is SolTrans’ third “Call for Artists” in the last 10 years. Previously, SolTrans worked with the local art communities to wrap SolTrans’ very first all-electric bus in 2015, to decorate the newly renovated Operations & Maintenance Facility on Broadway St. in Vallejo in 2016, and to add six art installments at the Vallejo Transit Center in 2021.  

Information about the “Call for Artists” can be found below. SolTrans encourages local artists to not miss this opportunity to leave their mark on Solano County’s zero-emission future!

Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has been the public transportation provider for south Solano County since July 2011. SolTrans provides local and express fixed routes and complementary paratransit. The agency is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) 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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