Three Bay Area counties — San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara — will be voting on Measure RR. This is a one-eighth-cent sales tax meant to provide critical funding for Caltrain. Though transit advocates have warned the rail service may shut down if the measure is not approved, it is not an emergency measure brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Opponents of the measure point to the steep decrease in ridership during the pandemic as evidence that the need for this rail service has dropped and say it may never recover enough to justify the tax. Opponents also say that a sales tax would disproportionately affect those already most hard-hit by the economic fallout of the pandemic.
Listen to interviews with Adina Levin, executive director of the nonprofit Friends of Caltrain and cofounder and advocacy director of the nonprofit Seamless Bay Area, and Eric Garris, a San Francisco resident who submitted the official opposition to the measure: