It was clear on election night that Measure RR was on a path to victory. As of November 9, the 1/8 percent sales tax had 68.6% of the vote, over the two-thirds threshold needed to pass, with over 87% of the vote tallied so far.
A robust fundraising effort led by Silicon Valley Leadership Group brought in $2.7 million for advertising and mailers. The margin of victory was solidified by an amazing team of over 500 volunteers who sent 135,000 text messages, nearly 16,000 phone calls, and over 8,000 emails to friends, family members and colleagues.
Nonprofit and community groups supporting transit, active transportation, housing and environment mobilized the peaceful army of volunteers, including Friends of Caltrain, San Francisco Transit Riders, Seamless Bay Area, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, YimbyAction, Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, Greenbelt Alliance, Silicon Valley Sunrise, League of Conservation Voters, Menlo Spark, and dozens of other groups who had endorsed measure RR and turned out their communities.
Thanks so much to everyone who pitched in to keep Caltrain running, improve equitable access, and improve service in the future.
(your blogger was out due to family health issues in the last week of the campaign, and an amazing team brought the grassroots outreach to the finish line).