Two bills have been filed, SCA-4 (Liu) and SCA-8 (Corbett) to lower the voter threshold for transit taxes from two thirds to 55%. SCA-8 is for “transportation projects” and SCA-4 is for “local government transportation projects. We are looking into whether there’s a substantive difference.
Polling in recent years on potential ballot measures to fund Caltrain have found the two thirds threshold very difficult to reach, but a 55% threshold would much easier to clear.
The immediate local proposal on the table, though is to use newly approved San Mateo County sales tax funding to backfill SamTrans budget, which would also address Caltrain funding, at least in the short term.