SolanoExpress routes are intercity bus services operated by Solano transit operators, who are working together to make it easier for you to travel in and around Solano County. Routes with a SolanoExpress designation connect you to cities within Solano County or provide fast, convenient transit service to neighboring counties, including BART, UC Davis and Sacramento.
Download a Solano Transit Connections Brochure (2.07 MB, PDF)
With the July 1, 2009 dissolution of Solano Paratransit, the County of Solano has established a new service for unincorporated residents who previously qualified for Solano Paratransit. These unincorporated area residents will continue to receive paratransit service by a new provider, NorthBay Transit Group.Eligible individuals may contact NorthBay Transit Group at (707) 644-5555 to schedule a trip. If NorthBay Transit Group cannot answer your questions, please contact County of Solano Senior Engineer, Matt Tuggle at (707) 784-2797.
An estimated 150 attendees representing seniors and disabled persons, senior centers, non-profits, transit providers, and medical facilities attended and actively participated in identifying their mobility challenges at Summit I on June 26, 2009.
"At the first summit, we heard loud and clear from seniors, the disabled, non-profits and others about mobility issues and concerns,” said Spering. In an effort to better understand all the issues, transportation service providers, seniors and disabled individuals were invited to complete a survey prior to the event. Based on this collected information, a “State of the Senior and Disabled Transportation System” report was released at the Summit.
The second countywide Senior and Disabled Transportation Summit was held October 30, 2009 at the Joseph Nelson Community Center in Suisun City. Summit II presented several solutions to the challenges facing transportation services and programs for seniors and disabled individuals in Solano County.
"Much time and effort has been put in by the STA, the County, the transit operators and the Senior Coalition to craft options to improve transportation for this important segment of Solano County's population. We learned a lot at the last summit and plan to share options designed to help fill the gaps in transportation services and programs," commented Jim Spering, Solano Transportation Authority (STA) Board Chair and Solano County Supervisor.
The summits were co-hosted by the STA, Solano County, the Senior Coalition of Solano County and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
The keynote speaker for Summit I was CalACT Executive Director Jacklyn Montgomery. CalACT is the largest state transit association in the U.S., with nearly 300 members dedicated to promoting professional excellence, stimulating ideas and advocating for effective community transportation.
Summit II included two panel discussions focused on transit solutions in Solano County as well as highlighted successful programs in other counties in the Bay Area.
Guest speakers included California District 5 Senator Lois Wolk, District 8 Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, and transit staff from all seven transit providers.
Transit operators and non-profit organizations presented information on the services and programs they provide. "The Road Ahead - Solutions and a Proposal for Change" presentations can be accessed here:
A new Solano Senior & Disabled Transportation Guide was introduced at the Summit. The guide lists information for Fixed-route Transit, Paratransit Service and Reduced-Fare Taxi, as well as other transportation programs and coordinated services offered in Solano County for seniors and the disabled.
The STA Board formed a new Advisory Committee in December 2009 consisting of a variety of stakeholders in the senior and disabled community. The Committee’s purpose is to provide a countywide forum for coordination and funding of senior and disabled transportation services.
The first meeting of this Advisory Committee is May 18, 2010. Anyone interested in serving on this committee should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Intercity Taxi Scrip Program proposed at Summit II began its first phase in February, 2010. For ADA paratransit certified, ambulatory residents, the program provides 24-hour on-call service between cities in Solano County for only 15% of the regular taxi fare. As funding and resources become available, the pilot program is planned to also include non-ambulatory persons in Phase Two, and local service (within cities) in Phase Three.
Access the Solano County Intercity Taxi Scrip Program February 2010 Riders' Guide to read more about the program. For further information about Solano's Intercity Taxi Scrip Program, contact the transit operator in your local community.For further information on transportation services for Solano's senior, elderly and disabled community, contact Elizabeth Richards, STA's Director of Transit and Rideshare Services, who can be contacted at email@example.com, or 707-424-6075.
From the first release of Prop 1B Transit Capital funds, the STA successfully secured $944,083 to assist with the purchase of 30 new buses. The Prop 1B funds will be used as a local match for federal grants and TDA funds secured by local transit operators.
Fairfield & Suisun Transit was awarded $400,000 to purchase 5 buses
Vacaville City Coach was awarded $240,000 to purchase 5 buses
Vallejo Transit was awarded $304,083 to purchase 20 buses
The vehicles will be purchased during the next few years. STA will pursue additional Prop 1B Transit Capital funding when it is released in the future.
The STA completed a transit ridership study for all local Solano bus and intercity routes in March 2007. This was a joint effort with Solano transit operators: Benicia Breeze, Fairfield and Suisun Transit (FAST), Rio Vista Delta Breeze, Vacaville City Coach, and Vallejo Transit/Baylink Ferry. The study included an on-board passenger survey as well as counts of boardings and alightings.
The survey data was collected in October and November 2006. This was the first comprehensive transit ridership survey and count to occur on all Solano transit operations simultaneously. The resulting data assisted with transit planning and financing by the transit operators and the STA.
Download the individual study results:
Baylink Ferry and Line 200 (232 KB)
A follow-up ridership survey was conducted in October/November 2009 and the results will be released in April 2010. STA staff contact on this study is Elizabeth Richards who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.