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 participating in an Unmet Transit Needs hearing 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 hearings are scheduled to begin in November. All Unmet Transit Needs hearings held in the fall/winter of FY 2021-22 will be done remotely. See information below on how to participate in this important process.

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 non-English language or sign language interpreters, please call (916) 340-6226 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Meetings are accessible to disabled persons.           

Unmet Transit Needs Hearing Schedule

Unmet Transit Needs hearings fliers are available here [English & Spanish]:

All Unmet Transit Needs hearings will be held remotely via Zoom. You can participate via the web at www.zoom.us, on your mobile device using the Zoom app, or via phone at (888) 475-4499 or (877) 853-5257 (US toll free). Please note that non-English language interpretation is only available via the Zoom website or app.

The process to give comment at the January 20, 2022 Unmet Transit Needs hearing before the SACOG Board of Directors is different than shown above. Refer to the instructions at the bottom of the page on how to make comment at the SACOG Board meeting hearing.

Please note - Comments on all four county transit services will be accepted at all the hearings. If you cannot participate in a hearing you can share your comments using the other comment methods shown below.

Monday, November 1, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Elk Grove/Sacramento Regional Transit hearing
Zoom meeting ID: 859 9464 3225

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Yolo County hearing
Zoom meeting ID: 827 5308 4305

Please note - Spanish Interpretation will be provided.

Wedneday, November 3, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Sacramento County hearing
Zoom meeting ID: 868 3273 2226

Please note - Spanish Interpretation will be provided.


Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Sacramento Regional Transit hearing
Zoom meeting ID: 880 9460 1216


Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Yuba and Sutter Counties hearing
Zoom meeting ID: 885 6540 2891

January 20, 2022 at 9:30 AM

SACOG – Board Meeting
Final Unmet Transit Needs Public Hearing


Consistent with California Government Code Section 54953, an online meeting of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments Board of Directors will be held exclusively via teleconference in light of COVID-19 and the state of emergency proclamation and state and local recommended measures for social distancing. Members of the public are invited to observe the live stream over the internet at: //www.sacog.org/agendas-0. Please select the January 20, 2022, board meeting and “Interactive Agenda” to access the link at the time of the meeting.


Public comment will be taken on the Unmet Transit Needs Hearing item at the time that it is taken up by the Board. To make a public comment, you can do so two ways:
1.  If you would like to make a public comment orally during the meeting, please contact the Deputy Clerk to the Board at rgarcia@sacog.org and include your phone number and that you want to comment on the Unmet Transit Needs Hearing agenda item.  We ask that members of the public keep their remarks brief.  Comments will be limited to 3:00 minutes.  Comments will be accepted through the public comment period and individual agenda discussion items during the meeting.
2.  Written public comment may be sent to the Clerk to the Board via email (lespinoza@sacog.org) or can be submitted through SACOG’s website at: https://sacog.primegov.com/public/portal (click on the orange speech bubble next to the agenda meeting items, and follow the prompts on the screen).  Comments read at the meeting will be limited to 250 words.  Comments will be accepted through the public comment period and individual agenda discussion items during the meeting.


*To arrange for non-English language or sign language interpretation, please call (916) 340-6226 or email transitneeds@sacog.org at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.  Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities.

Send or Phone/Text 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) 426-3799

Comments for Unmet Transit Needs

SACOG welcomes your comments regarding any unmet transit need.

If you have any questions, please contact SACOG staff at 916-340-6226.

Please provide us with the information below. Please be as specific as possible in your comments including time and route of service improvement.

Por favor, provea la siguiente información. Por favor sea lo más específico posible en sus comentarios sobre mejoramientos de servicio incluyendo la hora y ruta.