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2019 Unmet Public Transit Needs Process

The Fresno Council of Governments, in its role as the Regional Transportation Planning Agency, administers claims for the Transportation Development Act (TDA). 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.


2019 Unmet Transit Needs Report – Final

2018 Unmet Transit Needs Report – Final

19-07 Transmittal Package FINAL (002)

Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Unmet Transit Needs Notice of Findings

Fiscal Year 2016/2017 Unmet Transit Needs Notice of Findings

Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Unmet Transit Needs Notice of Findings


Transit Productivity Evaluation Fiscal Year 2017

This 2017 Annual Productivity Evaluation is conducted to identify, analyze and recommend potential productivity improvements which could lower the operating costs.


Triennial Performance Audits

Fiscal Year 2012-13, 2013-14 & 2014-15

Clovis Transit Services

Fresno Area Express

Fresno Council of Governments

Fresno County Rural Transit Agency

Fresno County 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 $30 ($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.  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:

Fresno County Rural Transit Agency – adopted June 26, 2014

Fiscal Year 2016 Title VI Plan


Short Range Transit Plans:

City of Fresno-Fresno Area Express (FAX)  –  FCMA SRTP – 2020-2024
Rural Fresno County Area Plan (FCRTA)  – FCRTA Short Range Transit Plan 2020-2024 
Proposed 2018-2022 Short Range Transit Plan for Rural Fresno County Area 2018-2022  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

2019 Fresno Regional Transportation Innovations Summit & Awards

October 23, 2019
– Save the Date!

The Summit is a joint production of Fresno State's Transportation Institute and Fresno Council of Governments, designed to provide an opportunity for hundreds of residents, professionals and stakeholders to become familiar with the latest in advanced, clean transportation technology through an up-close and personal experience. It also brings together businesses and individuals that have invested in cleaner transportation technology, to share their successes and challenges with the community.

Register for the Summit here!