Solano County Transit Selects National Express

March 30, 2013 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
National Express Transit Services Corporation (National Express) has been selected to provide operations and maintenance for Solano County Transit (SolTrans), the public transportation agency for Vallejo and Benicia, California. This contract will include:

  • Operation of local and express fixed route bus service, complementary ADA paratransit, and General Public Dial-a-Ride;
  • Customer service and pass sales at the Vallejo Transit Center, Ferry terminal ticket office and 1850 Broadway Ticket Office
  • Vehicle maintenance; and
  • Facility maintenance at two transit centers, an operations/maintenance facility, a park and ride lot, and approximately 450 bus stops throughout the cities of Vallejo, Benicia.

  • The 84-bus SolTrans contract represents National Express' first transit operation in the State of California (joining more than 50 student transportation contracts operated across the state), with a service start date of July 1, 2013.

    National Express will also be responsible for administering two unique funds geared to benefit employees:

    1. The Employee Bonus Fund will be used to provide performance-based rewards and incentives for every class of employee.

    2. The Employee Wellness Fund will be used to develop health and fitness programs for employees operating and maintaining SolTrans vehicles.

    Peter J. Settle, Chief Executive Officer of National Express Transit Services Corporation, said "We are very excited to engage in this long-term partnership with SolTrans. We are so pleased that our first transit contract in California is one that is such a good fit with our culture of supporting operational excellence and taking good care of our employees. We look forward to working with SolTrans to serve their passengers and to becoming a part of the Solano County community."

    SolTrans Executive Director Mona Babauta, said, "SolTrans is pleased to team-up with National Express come July 1, 2013. Their enthusiasm for serving the communities of Benicia and Vallejo, as well as the resources and expertise that they bring to the region as a global company, will only help optimize the quality of transit services provided for the citizens of south Solano County."

    About National Express: National Express Transit Services Corporation was established with the sole purpose of providing best-in-class fixed route, demand response, commuter, shuttle, and ADA paratransit solutions for public-sector clients. As a member of the National Express Group of worldwide companies, National Express Transit Services Corporation has access to global resources for passenger transportation best practices. National Express Group employs more than 38,000 people worldwide across its bus, rail, and coach divisions that operate throughout Europe and North America.