At issue is a tax deal high-rise developers made with the City of San Francisco. Actually, this represents a very modern way of financing urban infrastructure. Crossrail, the 25-mile train line being tunneled under London, was largely bankrolled by global financial firms such as Barclays, Lloyds, Goldman Sachs and so on. The Caltrain Extension taxes big property speculators to generate matching funds for federal grants.
Watch this story. The Peninsula isn't building any more freeways. But it keeps building jobs, and our future belongs to a fast, efficient Caltrain. Extending a rail tunnel to the city's Financial District, along with Market/SoMa businesses and the Transbay Center, will keep Menlo Park close to the action.