Ride to BottleRock 2017 for FREE, courtesy of the Napa Valley Vintners and BottleRock!
Vine Transit is offering free rides to BottleRock again?
Yes! Vine Transit is extending its hours for local routes and express service to BART for BottleRock in 2017. This is the third year the transit agency has offered free rides, but it's the first time it extended local service hours to accommodate late-night riders leaving the concert.
Vine Transit was able to offer more late-night rides this year thanks to the generous contributions from the Napa Valley Vintners and BottleRock as a public service to the community. In previous years, only riders with a BottleRock wristband could ride free.
All rides during BottleRock in 2017 will be free, regardless if you're going to the concert.
Awesome. But I'm not that familiar with Vine Transit's system. Where do I start?
The first step is to determine which route to take to your destination.
Our Routes & Schedules page has that information:
All routes lead to Napa Valley's transit hub, the Soscol Gateway Transit Center, which is the perfect drop-off point for BottleRock; the Napa Fairgrounds are literally across the street from the bus station!
For specific help in planning your route, call customer service at (707) 251-2800 to ask questions.
Riders should also download the MyStop smartphone app for iOs and Android systems for access to real-time bus locator information.
Just how long is Vine Transit extending hours?
In the City of Napa, local service will be extended on:
Routes 1 – 5 and 8, 10 & 11 will depart the Transit Center between the hours of 9:00PM and 11:15PM as capacity is met on Friday, Saturday. Sunday buses will depart the Transit Center between 9:00PM and 10:15PM.
Routes 6 – 7 will operate from the Redwood Park and Ride Lot at 9:00PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Routes 1 – 8 will operate service on Sunday between the hours of 11:00AM and 6:30PM.
Route 29 will operate from the BART to the Transit Center Saturday and Sunday at 10:00AM and 11:00AM.
Route 29 will depart the Transit Center to the BART at 9:00PM and 10:00PM as capacity is met Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
OK, but I wasn't planning to stay in Napa Valley. Do you offer service to the East Bay or San Francisco?
Good question. Route 29 is our express service to the El Cerrito BART station.
Vine Transit offered highly popular late-night rides to BART for BottleRock in 2016. Because of the new contributions, Vine Transit was able to double the number of Route 29 express buses on-hand for BottleRock in 2017.
Nice. So Route 29 is direct to BART?
During normal hours, Route 29 stops at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal and a few other locations in American Canyon along the State Route 29 corridor. But during these extended service hours (when the Vallejo Ferry is not operating), Route 29 will deviate directly to BART in order to serve as many customers as possible and ensure nobody misses their train home. The trip could take 45 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic conditions.
What about getting from BART to Napa Valley?
Vine Transit can help. Although we don't typically run the commuter express routes on the weekend, Vine Transit will have buses leaving from the El Cerrito del Norte BART Station headed to BottleRock at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., and again at noon on Saturday and Sunday. (On Friday, Route 29 will run its normal daily schedule)
OK, great. What else should I know?
If you're planning on taking transit to BottleRock, it's best to be prepared and give yourself enough time to get home. Although we are adding service, there are a limited number of seats on our buses and there could be a large demand for seating. Vine Transit recognizes this and will allow for some flexibility to divert buses to the most popular routes.
Vine Transit won't leave anyone stranded at the transit center alone -- managers and staffers will be on-site to help manage the crowds and help direct riders to their destination.