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.

2020-2021 Unmet Transit Needs Analysis & Recommendations Report was approved by the MCAG Governing Board on Dec 19, 2019.

The conclusion IS that the following are unmet transit needs that are reasonable to meet:

  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.

The TJPA is currently working on addressing the unmet Transit needs From Fiscal Year 2019-2020:

  1. Extend evening service hours.
  2. Improving The Bus Live App accessibility options.
  3. Providing audible announcements on paratransit buses.

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

Attend a Unmet Transit Needs Hearing

Check Back in the fall for updates on the next round of Hearings

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.

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

By E-mail to: natalia.austin@mcagov.org 


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)