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 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.
2018-2019 Transit Needs Assessment
The Final Unmet Transit Needs Assessment was approved by the Board of Directors on June 28th, 2018.
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.
SJCOG, in partnership with local and regional transit providers, will be holding public workshops and hearings to collect public comments on Unmet Transit Needs during Fall 2018. All comments will be considered as part of the 2019-20 UTN assessment. Dates and locations are still being determined.