Unmet Transit Needs

Whether you ride daily, occasionally or haven’t tried transit yet, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments is looking for feedback on our area’s bus, dial-a-ride, paratransit and light rail transit services. SACOG accepts transit needs related comments from any area in the counties of Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba.

What are your thoughts on local transit service? Would you like to use it for more trips, but don’t because of issues like where it goes, the schedule or cost? Are there places you really need to go but cannot currently? Please give us your thoughts by attending an Unmet Transit Needs meeting or by relaying your comments to SACOG.

The California State Transportation Development Act (TDA) requires the Unmet Transit Needs Process be conducted annually by Regional Transportation Planning Agencies. SACOG is the Regional Transportation Planning Agency for the counties of Sacramento, Yuba, Sutter and Yolo. SACOG staff conducts the Unmet Transit Needs process annually for these four counties. The TDA requires that SACOG make a determination whether there are “unmet transit needs that are reasonable to meet” in the jurisdictions throughout the four counties. The Unmet Transit Needs meetings are scheduled to begin in October.

What is an Unmet Transit Need?

Unmet Transit Needs are defined as Existing transit services or service variants, including services where transfers may be necessary to complete a trip, that are not adequately meeting the identified transportation needs of residents of the SACOG four-county Regional Transportation Planning Area (Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties) who are likely to use public transportation. This includes, but is not limited to: trips for education and training (excluding exclusive school bus transportation), employment, healthcare services, personal business, recreation, and social services.

What is a “Reasonable to Meet” Transit Need?

SACOG adopted a “Reasonable to Meet” standard 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 pending the availability of TDA funds changes will be made to accommodate the need.

Note: To arrange for language translation or sign language interpreters for deaf persons, please call (916) 321-9000 or TDD access (916) 321-9550 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Meetings are accessible to disabled persons.

Public Meeting Dates for FY 2015–16 Unmet Transit Needs

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 2:00 PM
Galt City Council Chambers
380 Civic Drive
Galt, CA
Note: Spanish language translation will be provided.

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 2:00 PM
North Highlands Community Center
6040 Watt Avenue
North Highlands, CA

Monday, November 9, 2015, 10:00 AM
Sacramento Regional Transit District Auditorium
1400 29th Street
Sacramento, CA

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 2:00 PM
Yuba County Government Center
915 8th Street
Marysville, CA

Monday, October 12, 2015, 4:00 PM
Yolo County Transportation District
350 Industrial Way
Woodland, CA

TBD, January TBD, 2016, 9:30 AM
SACOG Board Room
1415 L Street, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA

Options if you prefer to send or phone in comments

Please be as specific as possible on time and location for any transit need(s) you believe are unmet:


Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Attn: Unmet Transit Needs
1415 L Street, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95814



(916) 340-6275
TDD access (916) 321-9550


(916) 321-9551

Posted in News.