Unmet Transit Need

What Is an Unmet Transit Need?

Every year, as established by the California Transportation Development Act (TDA), StanCOG is required to identify any "unmet transit need" that may exist in the Stanislaus region before TDA funds are distributed to local jurisdictions for non-transit purposes. If an "unmet transit need" is identified, a further determination is needed to establish whether or not that need is "reasonable to meet".

The StanCOG Policy Board has adopted the following definitions for both "unmet transit need" and "reasonable to meet":

Unmet Transit Need - Unmet Transit Need - is a need for transportation/transit service(s) for an individual or group of individuals within any part of Stanislaus County, which has not either been programmed to receive TDA funds or implemented under existing programs that currently receive TDA funds. These needs include but are not necessarily limited to, traditional fixed-route transit, curb-to-curb or door-to-door paratransit, and door-through-door services that are provided for by an entity (professional agency, volunteer person(s), or specialized driver) whose primary purpose is to transport individuals or groups of individuals over public rights-of-way. Unmet transit needs do not include additional trips that would duplicate existing transit services (i.e. adding more frequent transit stops to a specific location already provided with service), or transportation service needs that require corrective actions involving a time period that exceeds the present fiscal year (e.g. major purchases, planning requirements, etc).

Reasonable to Meet - requires that an identified unmet transit need must be reviewed and demonstrated to satisfy specific performance and financial criteria established by the StanCOG Policy Board. The fact that an identified transit need cannot be fully met based on available resources shall not be the sole reason for a finding that a transit need is not reasonable to meet. In addition, StanCOG's Policy Board determination of needs that are reasonable to meet shall not be made by comparing unmet transit needs with the need for streets and roads.

Public Hearings

As part of the unmet transit needs assessment process, public hearings are conducted each year in order to provide members of the public, local transit agencies, and local jurisdictions with the opportunity to discuss new or previously identified unmet transit needs. Spanish interpretation is provided at the public hearings and interpreters of other languages are available upon a 72-hour request. 

For Unmet Transit Needs Analysis for Fiscal Year 2023/2024, StanCOG will hold the following Public Hearings:

Public Hearing #1

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 6:00 pm

Location: StanCOG Policy Board Meeting

Members of the public may attend in-person. In person public attendance is permitted for a limited capacity and is first-come first serve. 

To listen and speak, join the meeting from your computer or tablet.  Please register at any time in advance of the StanCOG January Policy Board Meeting on January 18, 2023:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions for joining the webinar. 

Public Hearing #2

Monday, February 13, 2023, at 6:00 pm. 

Location: Virtual

To listen and speak, join the meeting from your computer or tablet.  Please register at any time in advance of the Virtual Public Hearing on February 13, 2023:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions for joining the webinar. 

Public Notices were published in local newspapers the week of December 2022 and January 2023. These newspapers include:

    Ceres Courier

    Hughson Chronicle

    Modesto Bee

    Oakdale Leader

    Patterson Irrigator

    Riverbank News

    Turlock Journal

    Waterford News

    West Side Index

Do you have an Unmet Transit Need? If you feel like you have an unmet transit need in your area, StanCOG would like to know. You can:

Tiene Una Necesidad De Transporte PÚBlico Desatendida?

Additional Questions

If you have any questions regarding an unmet transit need or filling out the "Unmet Transit Needs Form", please contact Clarissa Hernlund at 209-525-4891 or email Jean Foletta. Interpreters are available when placing phone calls to the StanCOG office.

Further Information & Resources

To view Unmet Transit Needs Identification and Analysis Reports, please select the links below:

Unmet Transit Needs Identification & Analysis Reports