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Social Service Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC)

The Fresno COG Policy Board established its Social Service Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC) in 1988 to review transit issues with emphasis on annually identifying transit needs within Fresno County. Transit needs include those of transit-dependent and transit-disadvantaged persons, including the elderly, disabled and persons of limited means. This Advisory Council is consistent with State law (SB 498, Chapter 673, 1987), which mandates both the purpose and minimum membership of this body. All SSTAC meetings are open to the public. Click here for more on the SSTAC



FCRTA 2020-21 Budget:

Fresno County Rural Transit Agency’s budget has been prepared to reflect Fresno COG’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP) for the rural Fresno County area 2020-2024.

The document recommends programmed capital improvements and continuing existing intra-city and fixed route services. This year’s budget has been developed to include continued review, comment and action during its 45-day review period that will culminate on June 25, 2020 with the scheduled FCRTA Board meeting, following a public hearing. The dollar amounts in the budget are subject to refinement following service contract negotiations, an opportunity for public presentations and a public presentation before the Board of Directors. The budget, which may require periodic amendments during the fiscal year, is available at and






2020/2021 Unmet Public Transit Needs Process

At the beginning of each fiscal year, the Fresno COG must determine the amount of TDA funds available from the TDA Local Transportation Fund (LTF) for allocation to local agencies within Fresno County. Allocations are made in four categories: Bicycle and pedestrian facilities, social service transportation, regional transportation planning, and public transportation. In certain cases, funding from the public transportation category can be applied to local streets and roads in individual jurisdictions if a finding has been made that there are no unmet transit needs that are reasonable to meet within the jurisdiction; however, public transit must be given priority. As a result, prior to allocating LTF funds for any use other than public transit in the public transportation category, the Fresno COG must identify any unmet public transit needs that may exist in Fresno County that are reasonable to meet.  The Unmet Transit Needs Assessment process is conducted to identify any unmet transit needs and make any related findings.

Unmet Transit Needs Process Flyer – English

Unmet Transit Needs Process Flyer – Spanish


Previous Unmet Public Transit Needs Processes

2019/2020 Unmet Transit Needs Report – Final

2019/2020 19-07 Transmittal Package FINAL (002)

2018/2019 Unmet Transit Needs Report – Final

2017/2018 Unmet Transit Needs Notice of Findings

2016/2017 Unmet Transit Needs Notice of Findings

2015/2016 Unmet Transit Needs Notice of Findings


Transit Productivity Evaluations

This Transit Productivity Evaluation process is conducted to identify, analyze and recommend potential productivity improvements which could lower the operating costs.

2020 Transit Productivity Evaluation

2017 Annual Productivity Evaluation


Triennial Performance Audits

Fiscal Year 2015/16, 2016/17 & 2017/18

Clovis Transit Services

Fresno Area Express

Fresno Council of Governments

Fresno County Rural Transit Agency

Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission


Regional Long-Range Transit Plan

The Fresno County Regional LongRange Transit Plan will provide guidance for the future investment in the public transportation system in Fresno County. The Plan will detail how to provide and preserve a sustainable, safe, integrated and efficient transit system which will enhance Fresno’s economy and livability. more…


YARTS – Public Transit to Yosemite: Seasonal service  

YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) is public transit in the Yosemite region, with buses entering Yosemite Valley from Fresno, Merced, Mammoth Lakes, and Sonora—as well as many different towns along the way.  Round-trip tickets from Fresno to Yosemite Valley are only $34 ($20 for seniors (62+); children under 12 ride free with a paid adult fare) – and include the park entrance fee!  Commuter passes are also available.  YARTS buses will run on Highway 41 from May 11, 2020 to September 11, 2020. Visit the links provided below to find out more and plan your next trip to Yosemite utilizing YARTS.

YARTS Schedule via Hwy 41 and Ticket information:


Title VI Programs:

City of Fresno Title VI Report – 2019

Fresno County Rural Transit Agency – adopted July 30, 2020


Short Range Transit Plans:

Fresno Clovis Metropolitan Area (FCMA) – Fresno Area Express (FAX) and Clovis Transit  –  FCMA Short Range Transit Plan – 2020-2024
Rural Fresno County Area Plan (Fresno County Rural Transit Agency)  – FCRTA Short Range Transit Plan 2020-2024

Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) Short Range Transit Plan 


Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission Transit Systems, Consolidated Transportation Service Agency

2018-2019 Fresno County EOC Operations Program and Budget


Clovis Urban Area Consolidated Transportation Service Agency

2018 CTSA Draft Budget for 2018-2019


Bus Rapid Transit (BRT):

BRTs are sleek, modern vehicles that look more like a train than a bus. BRT stations are also modern, cool, and comfortable. As the BRT vehice rolls up to the station’s boarding platform, all three double doors of the sixty-foot vehicle open simultaneously to allow fast boarding. BRTs travel a defined route in designated lanes created for them so the vehicle can travel the route as quickly as possible. Stops are infrequent and swift. Interested?

Fresno Bus Rapid Transit Video on Vimeo
BRT Neighborhood Meetings April 1st, 2nd, and 8th
Fresno Bus Rapid Transit Master Plan 2008
Brochure- BRT: Elements, Performance, Benefits
Fresno BRT Background Information


Public Transportation Infrastructure Study

Following the planning process established during the San Joaquin Blueprint Study, Fresno COG’s Public Transportation Infrastructure Study (PTIS) began in earnest at the end of 2008 in an effort to identify strategies for transportation investments and land use policies that would result in measurable reductions in vehicle miles travelled (VMT) and improve mobility choices for greater Fresno County residents. The PTIS Study makes recommendations for investments, the timing of those investments, and funding sources augmenting Measure C sales tax revenue to pay for them. In addition, the PTIS study makes policy recommendations that will be important to be adopted by City and County elected officials and planning administrators in order to shape future growth in such a way that it supports the transit investments.


Fresno County Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan

Fresno County Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan


Other Transit-Related Plans and Publications

Fresno Downtown Transportation and Infrastructure Study – Final
Fresno Bus Rapid Transit Master Plan v2 – Draft
Short Range Transit Plan
City of Fresno Green Strategy
City of Fresno Activity Center Scope of Work
Metro Rural Loop Master City-County Tour Packet
2005-2009 SJVGRS Phase III Executive Summary


Web Links – Light Rail Page – Personal Rapid Transit – Nelson/Nygaard Transit Articles – Monorail information – Bus Rapid Transit – Innovative Transportation Technologies – Skyweb Express – ULTRA Urban Light Transport – The California MAGLEV Alliance
Google Transit – Search your area for a transportation service that is open to the public, and operates with fixed schedules and routes

Under the governor’s July 13 public health order, Fresno COG’s office is closed to the general public until further notice.

ONLY payments for Regional Transportation Mitigation Fees will be accepted and processed in person at the front counter from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Masks are required.

All Senior Scrip orders may be placed online at or by mail. For Senior Scrip questions, call 559-233-4148, Ext. 216.