A new San Francisco County Transportation Authority study forecasts that Caltrain ridership will increase by 200% by 2040, according to a study presented at the Citizens Advisory CommitteeÂ Â on January 30. Â The increase is expected to be driven by Caltrain electrification, the completion of the Downtown Extension to the Transbay terminal (DTX), and continued growth in the South Bay.
Update: Â SFCTA clarifies that the Caltrain projection is only for trips that will touch San Francisco. Â Caltrain “only” expects ridership to nearly double overall once DTX is completed.
The presentation, reviewing transit, biking and walking needs in San Francisco, is a prelude to a discussion about San Francisco’s transportation infrastructure investment plans.
In his state of the city addressÂ on January 28,Â Mayor Lee called for a vision and funding strategies to meet future transit needs, starting with a task force convening in February, including SPUR director Gabe Metcalf and Supervisor Scott Wiener. Â DTX is one of the major underfunded priorities for San Francisco. San Francisco’s approach to funding transit priorities will be worth watching in the coming year.