Election 2020: Measure RR Would Fund Caltrain with Sales Tax

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

Facing a pandemic-induced plunge in ridership and ticket sales, Caltrain is asking voters in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties for a lifeline this November.  If approved by a two-thirds majority, Measure RR would impose a one-eighth cent sales tax increase to fund Caltrain’s operations, maintenance and capital projects. Caltrain says that the tax would generate about $100 million annually.  We’ll break down Measure RR and what’s at stake for the beleaguered commuter railroad.

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Dan Brekke, reporter and editor, KQED News