Solano County Transit has been awarded $2 million in federal funding to help make the transition zero-emission vehicles.

Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Napa) and John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove) recently presented SolTrans officials with a check secured from the Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill. The money will allow the transit agency to purchase four electric buses that will service Vallejo.

SolTrans is currently transitioning its existing fleet to an entirely electric system of buses to service the major cities in Solano County, with most of its funding for the project already in place. Once construction is completed, the transit service will be one of the first to bring battery-operated, all-electric commuter buses to the region.

Thompson and Garamendi, who both represent areas of Solano County, have secured millions in federal support for over 30 transportation, affordable housing and flood control projects in the region as part of a government funding package in the 2023 fiscal year.

“Climate change is an ever-pressing issue that demands our immediate attention, and any step we can take to reduce emissions is a good one.”

Rep. Mike Thompson

Last week the two embarked on a tour around their districts to award jumbo checks to the biggest recipients of federal funds, stopping by the Vallejo Police Department, the Mare Island Historic Foundation and the cities of Martinez, Woodland, Vacaville and Winters.

Garamendi said recently passed legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act makes this opportunity only one of many of that will support the build-up of clean public transportation in the future.

“I’m pleased that this $2 million in new federal funding will be devoted to producing 100 percent clean, battery powered electric busses for the Solano community,” Garamendi said in a statement. “This will reduce noise pollution and make the air we breathe cleaner and safer for all.”

Thompson said the money will help SolTrans be compliant with regulations set by the California Air Resources Board, which requires transit agencies to have zero emission infrastructure in place by 2040.

“Climate change is an ever-pressing issue that demands our immediate attention, and any step we can take to reduce emissions is a good one,” said Thompson in a statement. “The electrification of public transit is a big step in the right direction that will help SolTrans reduce pollution and provide a cleaner transportation option for the people of Solano County who rely on public transit.