Political Fight Threatens to Derail Caltrain Funding Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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A Caltrain train pulls into the Palo Alto station. (Don DeBold/Flickr)

Caltrain, the light-rail system that runs from San Francisco to Silicon Valley, faces dire financial straits after a 98% drop in ridership during the coronavirus pandemic and now, a dispute over a key future funding source. Caltrain officials are pushing to put a 0.125 percent sales tax measure on San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara county ballots this November. But the fate of that measure is uncertain after two San Francisco Supervisors blocked that board from voting to put it on the ballot. We look at the future of Caltrain as officials warn of a possible shutdown.


Dan Brekke, editor and reporter, KQED News

Charles Stone, member, Caltrain Board of Directors, and Belmont vice mayor

Shamann Walton, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Caltrain Board of Directors