Town Square

Post a New Topic

Elected officials release statement calling for voters to decide Caltrain funding

Original post made on Jul 21, 2020

A joint statement issued by seven elected officials calls for letting voters decide on funding for the Caltrain service between the South Bay and San Francisco.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 9:21 AM

Comments (11)

22 people like this
Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 21, 2020 at 10:04 am

A sales Tax to support CalTrain, seriously. We already pay one of the highest Sales Taxes in the State (9.250%) and we also pay $0.822 in Federal and State taxes per gallon of gasoline. Add in the amounts people pay in other state taxes and the Schools asking for more parcel taxes it seems none of the agencies/boards/special districts will be happy until they are getting 100% of the money we earn. CalTrain should get their funding from existing taxes or figure out a way to balance their budget without more money. If they can not get it from ridership maybe they shouldn't be spending so much to upgrade their system

11 people like this
Posted by MP homeowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 21, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Caltrain is a treasured regional transportation resource. It is the most cost effective method of mass transit we have in the Bay Area. We must support Caltrain in the ultimate electrification and continued operation through this crisis and consider the long term. In addition, this supports lower income residents, reduces traffic congestion and lowers carbon emissions. A small sales tax impact is the fairest way to spread the expense through our counties and obtain the needed funds for the long term vision of transportation in our area.

4 people like this
Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 21, 2020 at 2:52 pm

"It is the most cost effective method of mass transit we have in the Bay Area" Obviously it is not that effective. Frankly I think we are paying enough taxes (Sales Taxes, Gas Taxes, special taxes, etc.). If CalTrain can not get their funding from existing sources or from their ridership then they need to cut back service. When do we put our foot down on more taxes?

8 people like this
Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Jul 21, 2020 at 4:13 pm

Remember what the freeways looked like before the pandemic. Now imagine them after we're all going back to work, but five times worse if Caltrain isn't around to take pressure off the roadways. Too many people are driving to work 1 person per car, people refuse to (or can't) carpool. For those complaining about parcel taxes, that was the voters fault when they voted to reduce the votes needed to pass from 66% to 51%. Now, a concerted effort by a small minority of voters can shove through a parcel tax no problem.

8 people like this
Posted by Steve Walter
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 21, 2020 at 5:51 pm

My opinion is that we can't let our infrastructure fail due to the pandemic. During WWII our parents & grandparents held bond drives, raised food in "Victory Gardens" and collected old tires & paper - all to keep support the war effort. Everyone (and I do mean practically everyone) tightened their belts and contributed to the common good and the future of our country.
CalTrain is an integral part of our transit infrastructure and we'll be a poorer community in the future if it is allowed to fail. Now is the time prove that being a good citizen is more than waving our flag on the 4th of July - it sometimes means making real sacrifices. If in this case it means a financial sacrifice, consider it small change compared to the physical and emotional sacrifices of previous generations who went to war, were injured and died to preserve the future of the country.
That said, I do wish the article had given an estimate of what the added tax would be to help us all know what kind of sacrifice is being asked of us.

2 people like this
Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 21, 2020 at 8:22 pm


because of the pandemic there has been a paradigm shift. Far fewer will be commuting to work. They'll be working remotely. There will be far less traffic than there was pre-pandemic because they won't need to.

23 people like this
Posted by Allen
a resident of another community
on Jul 21, 2020 at 9:26 pm

Why is it that whenever government (local, regional, national) needs funds for some "critical" or "urgent" priority, that they always seek funding from taxes, levies, or fees? When do they ever ask: what can we cut or reduce from our existing programs in order to meet the funding needs of the new crisis?

18 people like this
Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 22, 2020 at 8:45 am


They never ask what can we cut because they don't have to. They keep asking for more because the sheep keeping approving it when they ask for it. If people would wake up and say NO, they would be forced to look at things to cut. I'm not holding my breath.

6 people like this
Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Jul 22, 2020 at 1:14 pm

If there's no CalTrain, how will people without cars who have to work at their office, get from Gilroy and the Peninsula to their jobs in San Francisco?

4 people like this
Posted by new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 22, 2020 at 3:17 pm

Hey Pearl,

Answer: same way they get to the Gilroy station.

Just watched 4 trains pass Menlo Park with at best 2 people on each. Stop this madness now.

2 people like this
Posted by Mike
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 23, 2020 at 12:48 pm

To those of you who believe, and most commenters above seem to, that HSR is a catastrophic waste of money, I would ask that you support CC-HSR. I have.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

In order to encourage respectful and thoughtful discussion, commenting on stories is available to those who are registered users. If you are already a registered user and the commenting form is not below, you need to log in. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

Please make sure your comments are truthful, on-topic and do not disrespect another poster. Don't be snarky or belittling. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

See our announcement about requiring registration for commenting.

Get important election coverage sent straight to your inbox daily.

Former Flea St. Cafe chef starts meal delivery service
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 6,800 views

10 ways to reduce your dog's "pawprint"
By Sherry Listgarten | 9 comments | 4,432 views

"Plant an Expectation, Reap a Disappointment"
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,872 views

The MP City Council Changes Downtown Street Closures Again and Extends the Trial Into 2021. Is this Enough?
By Dana Hendrickson | 10 comments | 1,283 views

'Ignoring what's wrong has never made anything right'
By Diana Diamond | 4 comments | 1,221 views


Benefiting local non-profits

The 36th annual Moonlight Run and Walk is Friday evening, October 2, wherever you are! Proceeds go to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, benefiting local non-profits that serve families and children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Join us under the light of the full Harvest Moon on a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon.

Register Today!