Saturday Open Thread – Caltrain Edition
An open thread for this last Saturday in January. I’m unable to attend the Friends of Caltrain summit in San Carlos today, but already I’ve heard via Eric of Transbay Blog that Congresswoman Jackie Speier has committed to being “front and center” in supporting a dedicated Caltrain tax.
As I’ve written before, that’s probably the best solution, but neither is it easy. If it’s a tax on San Mateo County alone, will that bring in enough revenue? Is it fair for SF and Santa Clara counties to not have to pay in too, given that they benefit from the service? On the other hand, if SF and Santa Clara had to be part of a tax, would voters there approve a Caltrain-only tax without something for Muni and VTA too, who could both use the money?
That’s not to suggest that Speier is wrong here. But there are details that have to be worked out, and I hope today’s summit gets us there. Use this as an open thread on the Caltrain meeting, on Caltrain more broadly, or on whatever HSR-related matters strike your interest today.