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Posted on: April 1, 2019

Draft FY 2019/20 Unmet Transit Needs Report Released

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Every year, as the state-appointed Regional Transportation Planning Agency, the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) must identify any unmet transit needs that may exist in San Joaquin County. If needs are found, SJCOG must determine whether those needs are reasonable to meet. State law requires SJCOG to ensure that reasonable needs are met before Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds are allocated to local jurisdictions for non-transit purposes. 

The unmet transit needs assessment requires SJCOG to meet the following requirements:

  • Ensure that several factors have been considered in the planning process, including:
    • Size and location of groups likely to be dependent on transit
    • Adequacy of existing services and potential alternative services
    • Service improvements that could meet all or part of the travel demand
  • Hold a public hearing to receive testimony on unmet needs
  • Determine definitions for "unmet transit needs" and "reasonable to meet"
  • Adopt a finding regarding unmet transit needs and allocate funds to address those needs, if necessary, before street and road TDA allocations

This year’s assessment included 10 public hearings, 6 community outreach meetings, and an online survey posted on SJCOG’s website, producing a total of 104 comments on transit service from specific individuals. After review of all comments with the Social Services Transportation Advisory Committee, SJCOG found no unmet transit needs recommended be found reasonable to meet. 

The Public Review Draft FY 19/20 Unmet Transit Needs Report was released on April 1, 2019 and comments will be accepted until April 26, 2019.  Written comments may be emailed to Michelle Prince at prince@sjcog.org.  The SJCOG Board is expected to take action on the final report at their May meeting.

View the draft report...
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