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Commuter service to lease train station space

By From page A10 | July 14, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano Napa Commuter Information will open a small office at the Suisun-Fairfield train station to answer mass-transit questions, sell transit passes and hand out transit information.

The program is part of the Solano Transportation Authority. It works to encourage commuters to take mass transit, van pools and car pools.

But the program office is tucked away in the One Harbor Center office building along the Suisun Channel. Meanwhile, the nearby Suisun-Fairfield train station across Main Street has a vacancy.

The Rio Vista Delta Breeze bus service has had a small office at the station to sell bus passes and Greyhound bus tickets. But Rio Vista in May notified Suisun City that the Delta Breeze would be vacating the office.

Suisun City asked the Solano Transportation Authority to consider opening a Solano Napa Commuter Information office at the station. The Solano Transportation Authority board of directors on Wednesday agreed to do so.

Solano Transportation Authority Executive Director Daryl Halls said Suisun City likes having a person at the train station to answer transit questions. Plus, he said, Solano Napa Commuter Information can increase awareness of its services by having a small office there.

He compared the effort to Fairfield’s City Hall at the Mall. Fairfield had an office for city services at the mall until a few years ago, when the service got cut amid city budget problems.

“It just brings the services closer to where people actually are,” Halls said.

Trains for the Capitol Corridor route stop at the station. Fairfield and Suisun Transit buses and Rio Vista Delta Breeze buses stop there. A park-and-ride lot is across the street.

The Solano Transportation Authority will rent the 600-square-foot space for $1 a year, just as Rio Vista did. The lease is to be for two years, with an option for an additional two years.

“We’re going to try it a couple of years and see how it goes,” Halls said.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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