Unmet Transit Needs

In order for Merced County to be eligible for Transportation Development Act funds, MCAG is required to identify the unmet transit needs of the county by soliciting the comments of transit dependent or disadvantaged persons. 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.

WHAT IS AN UNMET TRANSIT NEED?

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 "unmet transit need" and "reasonable to meet" and makes a recommendation of findings to the MCAG Board.

ATTEND A UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS HEARING

In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20, the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC) on behalf of Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG), will not be holding Unmet Transit Needs hearings in-person. Rather, the SSTAC members and MCAG staff will be holding a virtual public hearing via Zoom where members of the public will have the opportunity to observe and offer public comment in real-time.

HEARING DATE: FALL of 2021

SUBMIT A COMMENT

Ride The Bus? Do you feel like you have an unmet need in your area? Let us know, submit your comment online here.

Toma El Bus? Siente que tiene una necesidad insatisfecha en su área? Háganoslo saber submeta su comentario en línea aquí.

Mail a comment to: Merced County Association of Governments c/o Natalia Austin 369 W. 18th St Merced Ca 95340

E-mail: natalia.austin@mcagov.org

COMMENT PERIOD HAS ENDED

If you have a Transit Related Concern Please contact us at 209 723-3100 or Email customerservice@mercedthebus.com

The TJPA is currently working on addressing the unmet Transit needs From Fiscal Year 2020-2021:

  1. Provide transit service to north Merced (north of Merced College).
  2. Provide additional service to Planada

To view a copy of the final report which includes responses to all comments click here.

Past Reports

Fiscal Year 2020 to 2021 Unmet Transit Needs Analysis and Recommendations Report (PDF)

Fiscal Year 2019 to 2020 Unmet Transit Needs Analysis and Recommendations Report (PDF)

Fiscal Year 2018 to 2019 Unmet Transit Needs Analysis and Recommendations Report (PDF)

Fiscal Year 2017 to 2018 Unmet Transit Needs Analysis and Recommendations Report (PDF)

Fiscal Year 2016 to 2017 Unmet Transit Needs Analysis and Recommendations Report (PDF)