NVTA Wants Your Opinion on the Final Draft of Express Bus Study

Public input sought on effort to improve service from Napa Valley to key destinations


The Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) is seeking public input on the final draft of a Vine Transit Express Bus study that focuses on providing faster transit to key regional destinations on Napa County’s main travel corridors.
The study identifies solutions to optimize the express bus system, including route alignments and destinations; stop locations; improved travel times and fares. The goal is identifying the best investments to improve the system, encourage new ridership and reduce overall highway congestion.
Key travel destinations include the El Cerrito del Norte BART station, Vallejo Ferry Terminal and Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor in Suisun City.  NVTA’s Board of Directors released the draft study for public comment at its September 20 meeting.
“This study is all about streamlining and upgrading our key commuter routes and services to get Napa County residents, visitors, and workers where they need to go more efficiently and faster,” said Peter White, St. Helena’s Vice-Mayor and Chair of the Board. “Now we really need the public to weigh in.”     
The study is online at http://bit.ly/2xXWZJZ and available in written form at the Soscol Gateway Transit Center at 625 Burnell St. in Napa.  Emailed comments should be sent to NVTA Transportation Planner Alberto Esqueda at aesqueda@nvta.ca.gov. Comment forms also are available at the transit center. The comment period closes October 18 at 5 p.m.
The draft study was prepared by Kimley-Horn Associates over a year-long period which included public comment at two open houses hosted by NVTA, as well as an online survey garnering nearly 800 responses.  The study identifies several options for improving express bus service, including fewer stops during peak commute hours; curb extensions allowing buses to bypass slower traffic, and bus signal priority.  The study also explores relocating bus stops, modifying existing stops, and splitting some bus routes to improve performance.