In this edition
  • STA Awarded $146 Million of SB 1 Funding for Two I-80 Corridor Projects 
  • STA Completes Construction for Expansion of SolTrans’ Transit Center on York Street 
  • STA Board Recognizes 23 Award Winners at 23rd Annual STA Awards
  • New Benicia Mayor Steve Young Joins STA Board
  • Proclamations of Appreciation for Departing Board Members Bogue and Sampayan
  • STA Annual Audit for FY 2019-20
  • Approval of Solano Napa Activity Based Model
  • STA Board Approves Service Modifications to SolanoExpress Red Line
  • Draft 2021 Legislative Priorities and Platform Available for Comment
  • SolanoExpress Intercity FY 2020-21 First Quarter Report
  • STA Approves Allocation of FY 2020-21 Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 Funds
  • STA Board Reviews SR 37 Corridor Public Access Priorities
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  • Remote STA Board Meeting 1/13 at 6:00pm
STA Awarded $146 Million of SB 1 Funding for Two I-80 Corridor Projects 

On December 2, 2020, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved a total of $146 million in Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) – Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP) for two projects located on I-80 in Solano County. $123 million was approved for the construction of the I-80 Managed Lanes and $23 million for the design of the I-80 Westbound Cordelia Truck Scales. Thanks to STA project delivery staff and our partner agencies at Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), CalSTA, and the CTC for their collaboration in support of these critical I-80 corridor projects. The I-80 Westbound Truck Scales Project will replace the current facility, increasing inspection throughput and add new, state-of-the-art technology. STA Board Chair and Vacaville Mayor Ron Rowlett: “Once completed, the I-80 Managed Lanes will create new jobs, provide congestion relief, improve safety, increase transit dependability, and allow for efficient freight movements in Solano County. And the I-80 Westbound Truck Scales Project will benefit consumers and businesses in all of Northern California as freight traffic between the Port of Oakland and Sacramento continues to grow.” Design work on the Truck Scales is scheduled to begin later this fiscal year and the construction of the I-80 Managed Lanes is scheduled to begin construction in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 and be completed within three years.
STA Completes Construction for Expansion of SolTrans’ Transit Center on York Street

STA, working in partnership with Solano County Transit (SolTrans) and City of Vallejo Public Works staff, has completed the construction of the $2.78 million expansion of the Vallejo Transit Center (VTC) on York Street. The project was undertaken to expand the capacity by adding 5 bus bays at the VTC to accommodate the SolanoExpress Red and Yellow Lines, local SolTrans service, and other regional transit providers as part of the STA, SolTrans and the City of Vallejo efforts to better integrate and connect regional and local transit services, and provide improved pedestrian access and safety. 
STA Board Recognizes 23 Award Winners at 23rd Annual STA Awards

On December 9th, the STA Board and staff virtually hosted the STA’s 23rd Annual Awards Program with 23rd outstanding projects, partner agencies or individuals being recognized in 12 categories
New Benicia Mayor Steve Young Joins STA Board 

At the recent November elections, Steve Young was elected to serve as the new Mayor of the City of Benicia, and he joined the STA Board at their December 9th meeting. Welcome to the STA Board, Mayor Young.
Proclamations of Appreciation for Departing Board Members Bogue and Sampayan

Dixon Mayor Thom Bogue and Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan attended their last STA Board meeting on December 9. During the virtual meeting, the STA Board presented proclamations of appreciation to both mayors, thanking them for their years of service as STA Board members.
 
Dixon Mayor Thom Bogue served on the STA Board representing the City of Dixon from 2017 to 2020 and served on the Executive Committee and as Vice- Chair of the STA Board in 2019; and served as a member of the STA Board’s Transit Subcommittee, supported the consolidation merger of SolanoExpress, co-hosted summits in Dixon focused on the mobility needs of older adults and persons with disabilities, supported funding for and the implementation of the first green bike lanes in Dixon, advocated for State funded improvements to State Route (SR) 113 and to the Midway and Meridian Interchanges, and was instrumental in designating Priority Development Areas (PDAs) in downtown Dixon and Priority Production Areas (PPAs) in the northeast quadrant of the City of Dixon.
 
Vallejo City Mayor Bob Sampayan served on the STA Board representing the City of Vallejo from 2017 to 2020 and served on the Executive Committee and as Vice-Chair of the STA Board in 2020. Mayor Sampayan also served as a member of the STA Board’s Consolidated Transit Service Agency (CTSA), as a member of the STA Board’s Equity Chapter Working Group, as a member of both the STA Board and the Solano County Transit (SolTrans) Board, and served as Chair and as an active member of the Solano County Transit (SolTrans) Joint Powers Authority.
STA Annual Audit for FY 2019-20

STA’s Independent Annual Audit for Fiscal Year 2019-20 has been completed by the accounting firm of Eide Bailly, LLP. Based on their assessment, STA received in an issuance of an unmodified (clean) opinion on STA’s comprehensive financial statements for this past fiscal year. Staff acknowledgments go to STA’s Susan Furtado, Debora Harris and Brenda McNichols for the quality finance and accounting work throughout the year.
Approval of Solano Napa Activity Based Model

STA planning staff has worked with our consultant, TJKM, planning staff from the Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA), and the STA’s model Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to update the STA’s Solano Napa Activity Based Model (SNABM). The new model will be utilized for corridor planning and future project development activities. To view the SNABM, click here.
STA Board Approves Service Modifications to SolanoExpress Red Line

The STA Board approved some service modifications to the SolanoExpress Red Line, one of two SolanoExpress routes operated by SolTrans via a contract with STA. The service changes will provide some additional service from Vallejo to San Francisco on a pilot basis (formerly Route 82), ensure the provision of back up buses on peak commute runs which often result in full buses due to COVID-19 capacity limitations, and schedule modifications to improve the Red Line schedule. The proposed Red Line schedule changes are available for public review by clicking here
Draft 2021 Legislative Priorities and Platform Available for Comment

The STA Board has released the Draft 2021 Legislative Platform for public comment and review. Written comments may be submitted prior to the Board meeting on January 13, 2021.
 
Please submit comments to: publiccomment@sta.ca.gov
SolanoExpress Intercity FY 2020-21 First Quarter Report

The SolanoExpress Blue, Green, Red and Yellow Lines continue to provide essential bus service for Solano County’s essential workers and transit dependent riders during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Although ridership is down throughout the region and Solano County, SolanoExpress and its two operators, SolTrans and FAST, continue to operate this service which served over 67,000 riders during the first quarter of FY 2020-21. Updated SolanoExpress schedules are available by contacting Solano Mobility at (800) 535-6883 or via their website at www.solanomobility.org
STA Approves Allocation of FY 2020-21 Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 Funds

The STA Board approved the allocation of over $440,000 in TDA Article 3 funds for FY 2020-21 funds for three active transportation projects, county bikeway way finding signs, and for two Safe Routes to Schools programs. These projects are all priorities identified in the Solano Active Transportation Plan Element adopted earlier this year by the STA Board as part of the Solano Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP).  
 
1.   $23,801 to the City of Benicia for the Panorama Drive Safety Improvements Project;
2.   $124,675 to the City of Suisun City for their Railroad Avenue Bike Lanes Improvement Project;
3.   $50,000 to the City of Suisun City for their Main Street Bike Improvements Project;
4.   $25,000 for STA’s 3 Year Wayfinding Sign Program;
5.   $91,530 for SR2S Capital Projects; and
6.   $124,873 for SR2S Micro-Grant and Education Program
STA Board Reviews SR 37 Corridor Public Access Priorities

As part of the environmental phase of the SR 37 Corridor Segment B Interim Project (Mare Island Interchange to SR 121), STA planning staff has been working with the County of Solano, City of Vallejo, the Solano Land Trust and a group of community stakeholders to identify public access opportunities located in close proximity to the SR 37 Corridor and Mare Island. The draft public access memo has been submitted to the MTC and Caltrans staff for preliminary review and will be presented to the SR 37 Policy Committee on January 7. Additionally, STA plans to present SR 37 Public Access priorities draft to the STA Board for approval at the January 13, 2021, board meeting. Copies of the draft SR 37 public access opportunities memo can be obtained by contacting Kathrina Gregana at STA’s Planning Department at (707) 424-6075 or kgregana@sta.ca.gov .
2020 STA Board Members

  • Ron Rowlett, Chair, Mayor of Vacaville
  • Bob Sampayan, Vice-Chair, Mayor of Vallejo
  • Steve Young, Mayor of Benicia
  • Thom Bogue, Mayor of Dixon
  • Harry Price, Mayor of Fairfield
  • Ronald Kott, Mayor of Rio Vista
  • Lori Wilson, Mayor of Suisun City
  • Jim Spering, Solano County Supervisor
    
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