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Driving and Commuting

Travis AFB Getting To and Around Driving and Commuting

 

Solano County is bisected by Interstate 80 which connects the county to Sacramento, the East Bay and San Francisco. The county is traversed by interstates 505, 680 and 780 and various state routes. Travis Air Force Base is off I-80, approximately 45 miles northeast of San Francisco and 7 miles east of Fairfield.

Interstate 505 begins in Vacaville and runs north connecting travelers to I-5, the primary interstate on the West Coast, running largely parallel to the California coastline from Mexico to Canada. Interstate 680 runs north-south and takes drivers to Pleasanton and Walnut Creek. I-780 runs through the southwest area of the county and connects Vallejo to I-680.

In addition to the U.S. highways, numerous state routes in Solano County join it to neighboring counties. State Route 12 travels east–west from Sebastopol in Sonoma County, passes through Fairfield and connects to State Route 49 just north of San Andreas in Calaveras County. State Route 29 travels from I-80 in Vallejo north to State Route 20 in Upper Lake. It serves as the primary road through the Napa Valley, providing access to the Clear Lake region to the north and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area to the south.

The California Department of Transportation offers commuter options at www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel. The department provides real-time maps of traffic conditions including lane closures, traffic information, highway conditions, live traffic cameras and a Caltrans QuickMap mobile app that can be installed on any smartphone. Registered users can also create a personalized profile to receive and obtain phone, text or email updates about incidents on their specified routes at www.go511.com or by dialing 511.

California Department of Motor Vehicles

2415 First Ave., Mail Station F101
Sacramento, CA 95818 800-777-0133
www.dmv.ca.gov

The California Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration, and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv.

Driver’s Licenses

Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in California from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all California residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license once residency is established.

The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its California Driver License Handbook, which can be downloaded at www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/pubs.

Vehicle Registration

Forms associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/forms/formsreg_alpha, including forms for replacement plates, handicap placards or plates, DMV forms and more.

Distracted Driving

California law prohibits all drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers 18 and older are permitted to use hands-free cellphones while driving as long as the earpieces do not cover both ears.

Texting while driving is prohibited in California.

California Department of Transportation

www.dot.ca.gov

Visit the California Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, and to view live traffic cameras.

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