Unmet Transit Needs Process

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.

Unmet Need Assessment and Findings

Unmet Transit Needs Meetings

The public is invited to provide comments on existing or desired public transportation services within Butte County at an Open House forum on unmet transit needs at the following meetings:
PLEASE NOTE that the public comment period for the FY16/17 Report has closed. We are in the process of reviewing data and finalizing the report. Comments submitted now will be considered during the next UTN cycle. The public meeting dates will be updated in Fall 2016 when the next cycle begins.

 OROVILLE - Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
City of Oroville Council Chambers, 1735 Montgomery Street

PARADISE - Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Paradise Town Hall, 5555 Skyway

GRIDLEY - Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
City of Gridley Council Chambers, 685 Kentucky Street

CHICO - Monday, December 7, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Butte County Library - Chico Branch, 1108 Sherman Ave.

BUTTE COUNTY - Thursday, December 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Public Hearing at BCAG Board of Directors meeting,
Chico Council Chambers, 411 Main Street, Chico

* Workshops will not end until all those that would like to speak have been given the opportunity.  

    If you prefer, comments may also be submitted via mail, telephone, fax, or email to Jim Peplow. They will be given the same consideration as those received at the public meetings. Comments must be submitted by Thursday, December 10, 2015 to receive consideration in this year's analysis.

    Butte County Association of Governments
    326 Huss Drive, Ste 150
    Chico, CA 95928
    Email:  jpeplow@bcag.org
    Phone: (530) 809-4616
    Fax: (530) 891-2979