As the administrator of Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds for Butte County, BCAG is charged with performing the annual Unmet Transit Needs process. The purpose of this process is 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.
Unmet transit needs are those trips required, but currently not provided and not scheduled to be provided within Butte County, for individuals dependent on public transit to maintain a minimum standard of living.
Reasonable to meet shall include all of the following criteria:
Cost Effectiveness: The cost to provide the service will meet the minimum farebox recovery ratio.
Economy: The project can be implemented at reasonable cost.
Community Acceptance: Support exists as indicated through the public hearing process.
Operational Feasibility: The service must be safe to operate.
The process entails a comprehensive public outreach program and a series of workshops throughout the county to obtain testimony on unmet transit needs that may be reasonable to meet. Once the testimony is obtained, it is analyzed to determine if there are any transit needs that meet the adopted definitions of "unmet transit need" and "reasonable to meet". This analysis report, called the Transit Needs Assessment, is reviewed by the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council, which provides a recommendation for unmet transit needs findings to the BCAG Board of Directors. This information is then provided to the BCAG Board, which makes one of the following findings:
There are no unmet transit needs.
There are no unmet transit needs that are reasonable to meet.
There are unmet transit needs that are reasonable to meet.
If the Board determines there are unmet transit needs that are reasonable to meet, the affected jurisdiction must satisfy those needs before any TDA funds may be expended for non-transit purposes.
THE COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE 2021/22 TRANSIT NEEDS ASSESSMENT IS OVER. Comments can be submitted (and considered) year round, but can only become part of the Assessment once a year.
The public is invited to provide comments on existing or desired public transportation services within Butte County at an a public hearing before the BCAG Board of Directors:
BUTTE COUNTY - Thursday, March 25, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
Public Hearing at BCAG Board of Directors meeting, BCAG Council Chambers, 326 Huss Drive, Chico
If you prefer, comments may also be submitted via mail, telephone, fax, on-line comment form, or email. They will be given the same consideration as those received at the public meetings. Comments must be submitted by Thursday, March 25, 2021 to receive consideration in this year's analysis.
Mail:Butte County Association of Governments, 326 Huss Drive, Ste 150, Chico, CA 95928