In this edition
  • Solano I-80 Managed Lanes Project
  • STA Board reprograms STIP to provide match funds for Managed Lanes Project
  • 22nd Annual STA Awards Winners
  • Contract awarded for Vallejo Transit Center - York Street Improvements Project
  • SolTrans receives $1.8 Million Award from Federal Transit Administration
  • STA Staff Update
STATUS Newsletter

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  • STA Board Meeting in Suisun 12/11 at 6:00pm
Solano I-80 Managed Lanes Project

Solano Transportation Authority (STA) is working with Caltrans District IV and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to alleviate major congestion on I-80 in Solano County. The Solano I-80 Managed Lanes Project will construct 10 miles of new managed lanes (one additional lane in each direction) between Airbase Parkway and I-505 and convert 8 miles of existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to create 18 miles of managed lanes from Red Top Road to I-505. This project supports the current and planned service improvements to SolanoExpress regional bus service on I-80. Additionally, the project will improve reliable travel times for express and intercity bus, carpool and vanpool users, commuters, travelers, and goods movement. The project has been environmentally cleared and designed by STA and Caltrans and is ready for construction. STA will be requesting competitive Senate Bill 1 (SB1) “Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017” funds for construction in 2020. For more information on the I-80 Managed Lanes Project, please click here .
STA Board reprograms STIP to provide match funds for Managed Lanes Project

At a special meeting held on November 6 th , the STA Board approved reprogramming and advancing 2020 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds to provide the required local match for the Solano I-80 Managed Lanes project. The Board prioritized three regionally significant projects that will seek funding from SB 1 funds: the Solano I-80 Managed Lanes, I-80 Westbound Truck Scales, and I-80/I-680/State Route (SR) 12 Interchange.  
STA 22 nd Annual Awards Winners

On Wednesday, November 13, STA held its 22 nd Annual Awards, hosted by Board Chair Mayor Harry Price and the City of Fairfield with 170 attendees. The event was held without the use of any taxpayer funds and honored 10 award winners in 9 different categories. Congratulations to the nominees and award winners.

1.   Advisory Committee Member of the Year
 Lisa Hooks

2.   Transit Employee of the Year
Andre Smith

3.   Safe Routes to School            
· Mary Farmar Elementary - Benicia
Unified School District

4.   Transportation for Sustainable Communities
Downtown Streetscape Project,Phase 4,
City of Vallejo

5.   Safety Project of the Year
Sonoma Blvd - City of Vallejo
6.   Project of the Year
Jepson Parkway Phase 1A - City of Vacaville

7.   Project Delivery
Solano County

8.   Partner of the Year
Caltrans Division of Local Assistance

9.   Agency of the Year (Tie)
Solano County
City of Rio Vista   
Contract awarded for Vallejo Transit Center - York Street Improvements Project

STA has awarded the contract for the Vallejo Transit Center – York Street Improvements project to O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. The Project will provide additional bus stops along York Street (between Sacramento Street and Main Street) adjacent to SolTrans’s headquarters/Vallejo Transit Center to accommodate expanded SolTrans Express service, Napa Vine Transit, and Amtrak bus service; and this Project is funded by the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) and State Transit Assistance Funds (STAF). 
SolTrans Receives $1.8M Award from Federal Transit Administration

SolTrans was awarded $1.8M from the Federal Bus and Bus Facilities Grant on November 25th. These funds will be used to upgrade their operations and maintenance facility and to install electric chargers and other electrical improvements for their current and future fleet of electric buses. STA assisted SolTrans with the grant application and the STA Board provided a letter of support.
STA Staff Update

Debora Harris joined the STA Accounting Department as the new Accountant 1 on November 18. Debora began her career as an Accountant working for various non-profits in California. Originally from Jamaica, Debora currently resides in Vacaville with her husband and two sons. She reports to STA's Accounting/Administrative Services Manager, Susan Furtado.

Brenda McNichols, STA Accounting Technician, gave birth to her first child, a son, Ace Luciano McNichols, 8 lbs., 1 oz., 21 inches on November 7, 2019
2019 STA Board Members

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