The Bus, Merced's Regional Transit System, was formed from the consolidation of four former local public transit service providers in July 1996. The purpose of a jointed task force is to provide administrative assistance, grant preparation, and quarterly reporting to the Federal Transit Administration and Caltrans on behalf of the Transit Policy Board and the Transit Joint Powers Authority for Merced County (TJPAMC).
Since the establishment of the TJPAMC in 1996, MCAG has provided administrative and grant support to the Transit Policy Board. This element continues that support. During fiscal year 2001-02, Merced County Transit requested that MCAG staff assist with grant preparation and grant administration for the areas outside the Merced urban area as well. MCAG provides additional administrative support to the Transit JPA starting July 1, 2010.