Unmet Transit Needs


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 and will take place in person at various locations. 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 Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC)?

The SACOG Social Services Transportation Advisory Councils (SSTACs) were established under the requirements of the Transportation Development Act (TDA), to ensure that unmet transit needs are identified within the SACOG four-county Regional Transportation Planning Area (RTPA) made up of Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Counties.

SACOG has three SSTACs: Sacramento County, Yolo County, and the Joint Sutter and Yuba counties.
The SSTACs reviews information on possible unmet transit needs in their respective county(ies), as part of the Unmet Transit Needs Process. The SSTACs may also be call upon to provide input on other transportation issues facing transit reliant citizens.
The SSTAC is a direct advisory council to the SACOG Board of Directors and includes representation as directed by statute. Applications to serve on the council are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed regularly.

SSTAC Application

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 will be available here this fall.

This year we will having Unmet Transit Needs meeting in person at various community events throughout the four counties. We will also be holding some meeting via Zoom as well.

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

*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) 287-1372

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.