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New Napa Valley Bus Schedules, Routes, Fares Begin

The Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency has rolled out new schedules, fares, routes and stops including the new transit center on Burnell Street. Bookmark this article for quick links to all the VINE info you need.

The new website for VINE bus schedules and information is ridethevine.com. Here are direct links to the new schedules for all VINE routes. Most adult fares are $1.50.

Intercity routes

Napa city routes:

Community shuttles:

Vital stats: Soscol Gateway Transit Center, 625 Burnell St., Napa: (707) 259.8631, www.ridethevine.com, contact@nctpa.net.

About the changes: It's a whole new VINE: The municipal bus system serving Napa County has new schedules, fares and stops — as well as a new website — and is now operating, along with its parent agency, out of a brand-new building on Burnell Street east of downtown.

"A lot of us were here at 5:30 this morning," said Kate Miller Monday. Miller is executive director of the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency, which has moved out of its rented digs on Randolph Street and into offices above the new Soscol Gateway Transit Center on Burnell, which replaces the now-closed Pearl Street bus station.

Apart from some opening-day hiccups, like the fact the new NCTPA website was still displaying dummy text Monday afternoon, Miller said for the most part the switchover "went really well."

What do you think of the changes? Tell us in the comments.

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Cathy Gumina Odom December 04, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Well, according to the Vine booklet published in the paper, Route 6 has changed. They have completely removed the Vine Hill park stop. There's no bus nearby my house. Do they think no kids on this street take the bus to school? And also New Tech is NOT on any of your drawings that I can see. How does my kid get to New Tech from Vine Hill park? At New Tech, the kids just aren't keen on getting their drivers licenses yet. I was hoping to make her use the bus to push her to get her license. I'm tired of driving her everywhere.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Looking at the new VINE system map, Cathy, I see no service on the west side of 29 north of Trower, with your new closest bus stop at Redwood Middle School. Have I got this right? Is that as much of a walk for your teen as it appears to be from the map?
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 04, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I see that the only buses going out to the college are the ones that leave the city...does this mean that students at NVC will have to purchase the more expensive bus passes just to get to the college even though they aren't leaving the city?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 03:44 AM
No worries, Belle, $1.50 fare applies; but not all of the college-serving routes get cheaper when you buy a monthly pass, according to the Fares & Passes link in the article above.
Nicholas Claymore Watter December 04, 2012 at 05:25 AM
I am happy that they have increased the highway 29 express bus line. It's much better than the 10 if you want to get to the ferry building. It also takes you to Bart at the El Cerrito Del Norte stop. My only complaint is with the website, specifically with the he format of the bus schedule. Considering that not all the scheduled times will take you to The Ferry Terminal, it would be nice to have a graph so I can easily decipher which times correspond with each other. I'm sorry that some of the bus stops were cut though. Convenience is what will make public transportation thrive in the Napa Valley.
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 04, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Louisa what they told us when we buy her monthly pass ($33) is that she can ride any bus that stays in the city of Napa. However, she cannot ride any bus that, as part of its regular route leaves the city. So for example...there is a bus stop on the corner of Soscol and Lincoln that is close to our house and it goes right to the college and then AC. She can't get on the bus over here. She has to go to a bus stop farther away, to catch a bus that goes downtown, just to get on the SAME stupid bus that is closer, to get to the college. It seems as if the issue is with, where and who can board the bus at certain stops. Annoying...
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Wow, that is so NOT convenient. I am sorry to hear it. Is it worth paying the regular fare to take the bus that stops closer?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 01:46 PM
The 29 bus and BART can get me into the city for meetings for quite a bit less money than the ferry (which I prefer but can't always afford). I just wish the vehicles didn't jounce about and squeal so much. The last one I took whined at an excruciating volume whenever it accelerated, and the ride was too rough to work - my laptop kept bouncing around. Bringing earplugs and a book next time.
Rusty Cohn December 04, 2012 at 05:13 PM
What’s up with bus service to NVC? My daughter used to be able to take one bus from Old town and walk aprox 2 blocks to get to it, total bus travel time 30 minutes. Now she would have to walk four blocks, transfer buses, and since during mid morning, bus service to NVC is hourly arrive 60 minutes early to get to class on time. Since classes tend to start on the hour having buses arrive on the hour makes it totally inconvenient to get to class on time. Why not have the busses arrive 15 minutes before the hour when classes start. With the new schedule she would have to allow 2 hours to get to class on time. It would be faster to walk to NVC from where she lives. In the afternoon with the new schedule and transfers it will add an hour to her previous travel time to get home. She is NOT taking the bus to NVC anymore. Can someone make bus travel to NVC work for students again?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 06:19 PM
That is a real concern. I'd like to hear from more riders about how this is working out.
Ash Leigh December 04, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I never thought about the H.S. kids taking the VINE to school before. I know the local high-schools don't offer busing to Napa residents.
Yvonneteresa van Grieken December 05, 2012 at 05:29 AM
To the Management in charge of the New Bus Station on Burnell Street. Please mark the sidewalk where the busses stop! I fel today and sprained my ankle very badly. Also no busdrivers came to help but just yelled Medic,Medic! The bus i ended up taken did not lower itself but i had to ask? What happened to protocol? It seems the drivers are preoccupied and not very "Present"! This is not what the public needs, we need drivers that are able to function under stressfull and "New" situations!
Ash Leigh December 05, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Do you know what the protocol is? Maybe, it's to not leave their seat...
Jane Schoenfeld December 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
The change in bus routes has made life a great deal more difficult for my daughter. She used to take one bus to work from Coombs and Elm to Imola and Trabajo and one bus home. Now, she takes one bus to work, which magically changes to another and which takes the "scenic route" going all over the place. It takes her an extra 15 minutes to get to work, but coming home is even worse. She takes one bus all the way up to the Transfer Station, where she waits for another bus. It takes her a good (or bad) hour to get home, which is twice as long as it used to take. There is absolutely no reason for this and it's a good way to discourage people from taking the bus. Please fix it.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I'm so sorry to hear this, Yvonneteresa. How are you feeling?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Jane, have you contacted the VINE about this? Tom Roberts is Manager of Public Transit: troberts@nctpa.net, (707) 259-8634
Tom Roberts December 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Thank you for your observation. You are correct, it would be about a 10 minute walk (less by bike) for a high school student to get to the route 6. Then, take the 6 to Jefferson and Lincoln and walk to the campus from there. Another option would be to go to the park and ride lot on Redwood/Solano and catch either the 10 or 11 and get off at Jackson which is pretty near the campus.
Tom Roberts December 14, 2012 at 11:10 PM
You are correct. The former northwest service area was contracted a bit due to extremely low ridership. As you might imagine, it’s like a mechanical clock with all sorts of moving parts. Anytime you change something in one place it impacts things throughout the system. It is difficult, if not impossible, to create the perfect trip(s) for every resident for every conceivable place they might want to go. That said, we are taking all user comments and will make adjustments wherever practical this coming spring.
Tom Roberts December 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM
No. As part of the service changes, we eliminated the zone fare system. This effectively lowered the cash and pass fares for many riders. Now a 31-day pass will get you anywhere on any route EXCEPT the route 29 express bus to BART.
Tom Roberts December 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Thank you for your comment. I'll pass it on to our web master. Tom Roberts, Manager of Public Transit.
Tom Roberts December 14, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I am sorry there has been some miscommunication here. To be clear: a) You may transfer at any point between any bus on any route and board any bus on any route at any designated stop. Your standard 31-day monthly pass is good on any bus on any route beteen Calistoga and the Vallejo ferry and everywhere in between EXCEPT the route 29 express bus. -Tom Roberts, Manager of Public Transit
Tom Roberts December 14, 2012 at 11:20 PM
We have been working with rusty and have come up with some better options that should get his daughter to school in about 20 - 30 minutes. That said, once we have been running these routes in real time for a month or two and received all the public comment, we will be adjusting timings and tweaking things here and there. -Tom Roberts, Manager of Public Transit
Tom Roberts December 14, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I am sorry you had this experience. i will forward it onto the operations and facilities folks. -Tom Roberts, Manager of Public Transit
Tom Roberts December 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM
We are very happy to work one-on-one with riders to help them plan their route. What we can say is the former system was dominated by long site-seeing tours of napa where it took 1 to 1.5 hours to cross Napa by bus. For the vast majority of people the new routes are shorter, faster and more direct. We are finding that people may not understand that, unlike the old system, now they are welcome to transfer buses for free anywhere and they should always consider the routes 8, 10 and 11 to move quickly between north and south Napa.
Ashley Yoder March 27, 2013 at 07:02 AM
when is route 20 going to be available?

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