VINE Transit

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Valley Intercity Neighborhood Express (VINE) Transit
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VINE Transit bus on Route 21 in 2016
ParentNapa Valley Transportation Authority[1]
Founded1998
Headquarters625 Burnell Street, Napa, CA
Service areaNapa County, California
Service typebus service, paratransit
Routes12
Hubs3
OperatorTransdev[1]
Websitewww.ridethevine.com

VINE Transit (an acronym for Valley Intercity Neighborhood Express.[2]) is a public transportation service in Napa County, California, United States; it is managed under the Napa Valley Transportation Authority and operated by Transdev. The system offers extensive service throughout the county along with providing connections to other public transportation systems in adjacent counties.

Service coverage[edit]

The Napa VINE provides services to the following cities, towns, and communities:

Napa County:

Solano County:

Sonoma County:

Contra Costa County:

Schedules[edit]

All Napa VINE services do not operate on the following holidays:

However, these services operate on Saturday schedules on other holidays, including:

On other holidays, (i.e. Columbus Day, Veterans Day), trips operate on normal weekday schedules.

Fleet and livery[edit]

Vine ElDorado Axess 35' coach parked at Vallejo Station

The VINE Transit branded fleet is made of the following types of coaches:

Active[edit]

Year Fleet numbers Make Model Length (feet) Propulsion Quantity Notes
2002 1704 Gillig Low Floor 40 Diesel 1 Ex Monterey–Salinas Transit 1704, acquired in 2019
2003 133-134 Phantom 2 Back up fleet
2013 135-138 ElDorado National Axess BRT 4
139-144 35 6
200-204 CNG 4
2016 250-258 40 Diesel 8

Discontinued[edit]

Newer buses are grey colored with the current VINE logo displayed along the middle of the bus. Most buses are painted white with the previous VINE logo printed on the side of the bus. However, the DE40LF buses offer artwork promoting VINE's environmentally friendly features; these buses were also wrapped to promote the Spare the Air program. In addition, a number of Gillig Phantom buses exclusive to Route 21 are wrapped in advertising promoting that route. Previously, the livery was simply a green bordered red horizontal stripe with "City of Napa" written near the front in white letters.

VINE Go and the Calistoga Shuttle uses Ford-based ElDorado National Aerolite cutaways.

The Yountville Trolley features a Hometown Trolley Mainstreet tourist trolley that is painted green on red.

Routes[3][edit]

VINE Transit in Napa operates a fixed-route system of ten local and four regional routes which provides connections between other bus systems and BART. Express routes are subject to additional fares.

Route Route Name/Area Served Service Notes Service/Fare Type
A Browns Valley | North Napa Monday - Saturday Local
B Westwood | South Napa
C Jefferson | Central Napa
D Southeast Napa
E Northwest Napa
F Southwest Napa
G Coombs
H North Napa
10 Up Valley Connector Monday - Sunday
10X Up Valley Express Monday - Friday Express
11 Napa-Vallejo Connector Monday - Sunday Local
11X Napa-Vallejo Express Monday - Friday Express
21 Napa-Solano Express
29 Napa-BART Express

Shuttle brands[edit]

VINE manages and operates a number of deviated fixed-route or dial-a-ride bus services in other cities and towns in the county using different brand names.

  • American Canyon Transit (ACT) is a deviated fixed-route service in American Canyon that operates two routes; one for peak service and another for normal service. ACT connects with SolTrans Route 1, and VINE Routes 11 and 29.
  • Calistoga Shuttle is an on-demand dial-a-ride service that operates within Calistoga[4]
  • St. Helena Shuttle is an on-demand dial-a-ride service that operates a route within the city of St. Helena.[5] It connects to VINE Routes 10 and 29.
  • Yountville Trolley is a deviated fixed route service that operates a north-south route in the city of Yountville.[6] It connects to VINE Routes 10 and 29.

Fares, transfers, and passes[edit]

To board a VINE bus, a passenger must either present a pass, Clipper Card, transfer slip or pay a cash fare. VINE offers discount passes in 31-day and 20-ride formats. A 31-day pass offers unlimited rides for 31 consecutive days from the first day of use on regular routes (1 through 25); there are two separate types of 31-day passes for Route 29. For 20-ride passes, one use is used to board a regular bus, while uses differ on Routes 29 and 21. Transfer slips are issued to passengers who pay cash fare or use punch passes. They are used to transfer from one regular route to another without the need to pay an additional fare or punch; however a transfer is not valid between Routes 10 and 11. They can be used on express buses for an additional charge.[7] Since 2014, Clipper Cards are accepted and various 31-day passes can be loaded onto the card. [8] If nothing is presented, a cash fare must be paid.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sousa, JL (26 July 2016). "Napa transportation agency settles on VINE operator". Napa Valley Register. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  2. ^ Motor Bus Society, Convention Report, Spring 2005. April 18, 2005
  3. ^ "Routes – The Vine". vinetransit.com. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  4. ^ "Transportation". City of Calistoga. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  5. ^ "St. helena VINE". VINE Transit.
  6. ^ Yountville VINE Shuttle
  7. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". VINE Transit. Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency.
  8. ^ "Bay Area transit card now accepted by the VINE". Napa Valley Register. 3 November 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2016.

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