On Tuesday, San Francisco residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of locating the high speed rail terminus at the planned Transbay Transit Center on Mission and 1st streets.
Measure G was passed by 83%. San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly placed it on the ballot because the High Speed Rail Authority was studying an alternative location for the rail terminus at the request of some project opponents. The concept of a station at Beale Street drew opposition from the City, nearby residents, and rail advocates. The study delayed the Transbay Transit Center project for a few months.
In April, with boardmember Quentin Kopp dissenting, the High Speed Rail Authority voted to eliminate the Beale Street alternative from further consideration.
This is the third time San Francisco voters expressed support for a rail station at the Transbay Transit Center. Voters passed Prop H in 1999 and Prop K sales tax in 2003.