Unmet Transit Needs

Merced County Association (MCAG) determines the amount of public transportation funds available for allocation within the cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Merced, Los Banos, Livingston, and Gustine and Merced County. Prior to disbursing these Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds, MCAG must identify any unmet public transit needs that may exist in Merced County. An Unmet Transit Needs (UTN) assessment is required to ensure that all unmet transit needs that are "reasonable to meet" are met before funds are expended for non-transit uses, such as streets and roads.

The 2018-2019 Unmet Transit Needs Analysis and Recommendations Report was approved by the Board of Directors on April 19, 2018. The next cycle has begun, and comments will be collected until the end of February 12,2018. 

Participating is easy! There are many convenient ways to participate in the unmet transit needs process. Choose the option you prefer.

  • Attend a hearing in person and provide a comment at one of the locations nearest you.
  • Mail a comment to: Merced County Association of Governments c/o Natalia Austin 369 W 18th Street Merced, CA 95340.
  • Submit a comment by phone by calling 209.723.153 EXT 127.
  • Email a comment to Natalia.austin@mcagov.org
  • Fill out an online survey.
  1. What is an Unmet Transit Need?
  2. Attend UTN Hearing
  3. Submit a Comment
  4. Past Reports

An “unmet transit need” is an inadequacy in the existing public transit services for persons recognized as transit dependent in Merced County.

The “Reasonable To Meet” standard is based on several criteria that analyze how accommodating that transit need will affect the rest of the transit system that it relates to. If it passes the criteria then it is found reasonable to meet and changes will be made to accommodate the need.

The process is done annually by conducting a series of public hearings throughout the county to obtain comments on unmet transit needs that may be reasonable to meet. Once the comments are received, the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council analyzes them to determine if there are any transit needs that meet the adopted definitions of "reasonable to meet" and "unmet transit need" and makes a recommendation of findings to the MCAG Board.