About NCTPA

The Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency (NCTPA) is joint powers agency that provides sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation options that are innovative, environmentally responsible, and promote the vitality of our region. Through NCTPA’s transit district arm, VINE Transit provides bus, community shuttle, and paratransit services for Napa County. As the county’s congestion management agency, NCTPA is responsible for countywide transportation planning, including congestion management, design and construction of specific highway, pedestrian, and bicycle improvement projects, as well as promotion of transit oriented development. NCTPA provides these services throughout the county, including the jurisdictions of Napa, American Canyon, Yountville, St. Helena, Calistoga, and Napa County. NCTPA continually builds partnerships to deliver transportation solutions that meet the evolving mobility needs of Napa County.

Transportation Planning in Napa County

Transportation planning is an ongoing collaborative process that involves several agencies and leads to the development of a countywide multimodal transportation system that:

  • Supports economic vitality
  • Increases safety and security
  • Increases accessibility and mobility options
  • Protects the environment and improves quality of life
  • Enhances system integration and connectivity
  • Promotes efficient system management and operation
  • Emphasizes system preservation

NCTPA contributes to that process by providing continuing, coordinated and comprehensive transportation planning and public transit services including:

  • Metropolitan Planning Organization coordination
  • Program and project development
  • Advocating for and helping preserve area transit advantages such as express and commuter route options and park and ride lots

Public Transit in Napa County

In July 2000, the NCTPA debuted the VINE, which was formed by combining the V.I.N.E. (Valley Intercity Neighborhood Express) and the Napa Valley Transit (NVT). Then in 2002, NCTPA began operating community shuttles, including the Calistoga Shuttle (formerly the Calistoga HandyVan), the St. Helena VINE Shuttle and the Yountville Trolley (formerly Yountville Shuttle).   As a combined system, the VINE Transit provides service to residents throughout Napa County.

Designing transit service in Napa County provides challenges that are unique compared to the vast majority of the Bay Area’s transit networks. The mixture of rural and urban areas along with the dynamic geography, topographical landscape, and the diverse needs of our community are just some of these challenges that VINE Transit faces when planning transit service.

VINE Transit is always looking for new ideas on how to improve our system to meet the needs of the community. We encourage the members of our community to submit suggestions through the “Contact Us” section or write to VINE Transit, 625 Burnell St. Napa CA 94559. Attention: Transit Planning