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June 09, 2020
News

Press Release: SolTrans Releases Upcoming Policy and Service Changes

Mandi Renshaw

June 8, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vallejo, CA – As the state moves forward with the lifting of shelter in place restrictions, SolTrans is doing their part to keep their staff and riders safe and moving forward. On Monday, June 15, 2020 SolTrans will require all riders to wear a face cover (Not necessarily a mask, a scarf, or other covering will do.) while boarding and riding the bus. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 5 or to individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability. Bus Operators will have masks on hand during the enforcement transition, for those unable to supply their own.
SolTrans will also start to enforce fare collection on all Local, SolanoExpress and Paratransit services on June 15, 2020. Riders are asked to board the bus at the front doors and exit from the rear doors on the local buses. Front door boarding and departing will be available for those who need ramp assistance. SolTrans strongly recommends using cash free fare options like Clipper and the Token Transit App. Single rides and Day Passes can still be purchased on the bus. All other passes should be purchased at the Vallejo Transit Center Ticket Office or on the cash free options. To help transition riders to cash free fare all passes on the Token Transit App will be 50% off through the month of August.
Riders are asked to continue following social distancing guidelines and remain six feet apart when waiting for or riding the bus, and not to travel when feeling ill or having any COVID-19 related symptoms. Operators may deny boarding or enforce capacity restrictions to safeguard the health of our operators and other riders.
In preparation for travel trends to change, SolTrans will implement its first service change since the COVID-19 Service Reductions in March 2020. Effective Sunday, July 5, 2020 SolanoExpress Lines and local routes will expand their weekday service hours to accommodate riders in the early morning and later evening trips. Red Line service to the Solano Town Center shopping mall will be eliminated. Those needing to get to Solano Town Center will need to transfer at the Fairfield Transportation Center to FAST local routes. Minor adjustments were made to weekend service. Final schedules are posted on the SolTrans webpage. Staff will continue to monitor the travel patterns and needs of SolTrans riders. Rider feedback is encouraged for future service adjustments and may be submitted by filling out the “Leave a Comment Form” below and check the “Route Planning” topic.

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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