Funding Caltrain helps local transit

An important part of the motivation for leaders in San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties to agree to put the measure on the ballot to fund Caltrain is the help for the local transit agencies.

Since the 90s since the 3 counties agreed to take over the service from the state, the three county transit agencies have contributed funding to Caltrain service, above the 70% of revenue that Caltrain received from riders before the pandemic. Contributing to Caltrain would be a particular challenge during the pandemic, when all of the partners are having financial challenges. So a big benefit of Measure RR is that it would take Caltrain off of the books of local transit agencies.