SJCOG determines the amount of public transportation funds available for allocation within the cities of Escalon, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton, and Tracy, and the the County of San Joaquin. Prior to disbursing these Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds, SJCOG must identify any unmet public transit needs that may exist in San Joaquin County. The Unmet Transit Needs (UTN) assessment is developed 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.

UPDATE: At the June 22, 2017 Board meeting, the SJCOG Board adopted the Unmet Transit Needs Findings for 2017-2018, including the finding that non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) is a "reasonable to meet" unmet transit need. The action further specified that $250,000 of State Transit Assistance funding will be set aside for the first year of operation, and SJCOG will work with RTD to bring a detailed scope of services back tot he Board before any funds are spent on operation of the service. The Redline Final Draft UTN Report for FY 17-18 was reviewed and adopted by the Board. The finalized version will be posted in August. 
  1. What is an Unmet Transit Need?
  2. 2017-18 Transit Needs Assessment
  3. Archived Files
"Unmet Transit Needs" are those trips required - but not currently provided and not scheduled to be provided within San Joaquin County - for residents who use or would use public transportation to meet their life expectation.  

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 and entails a comprehensive public outreach program and a series of workshops 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 Committee 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 SJCOG Board. If the Board determines there are unmet transit needs that are reasonable to meet, the affected jurisdiction must satisfy the needs before any TDA funds are expended for non-transit purposes.