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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





2021/2022 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.


FY 2021/2022 Unmet Transit Needs Report – Final


Previous Unmet Public Transit Needs Processes

2020/2021 Unmet Transit Needs Report – Final

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 Audit


FY 2015/16 – FY 2017/18

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 $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. 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 June 26, 2014

Fiscal Year 2016 Title VI Plan


Short Range Transit Plans:

Fresno Clovis Metropolitan Area (FCMA) – Fresno Area Express (FAX) and Clovis TransitFCMA Short-Range Transit Plan – 2022-2026

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 2022-2026

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 


FAX FCRTA Consolidated Transportation Service Agency

2021-2022 FAX FCRTA Operations Program and Budget


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

2021-2022 Clovis CTSA Operations Program and Budget

2018 CTSA Draft Budget for 2018-2019


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

Fresno Area Express 2018 Bus Customer Satisfaction Report

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 – Monorail information – Bus Rapid Transit – Skyweb Express
Google Transit – Search your area for a transportation service that is open to the public, and operates with fixed schedules and routes