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“Caltrain” by Jun Seita is licensed with CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

Caltrain has, for 35 years, been a staple of the West Bay and the Bay Area transit scene. Now is not the time to leave Caltrain forgotten in favor of the car. Measure RR is the only remaining way to save Caltrain from a shutdown that could last up to 2.5 years. It is imperative that we vote yes to reach the 2/3 support necessary.

I am not an expert on transit, nor have I gone to college yet. As a high school student, my only interaction with Caltrain is on my commute to and from school. Waking up every…

Consider this: You commute from San Leandro to Oakland every morning. You are faced with three options: The bus, BART, and the freeway. Which option do you choose?

Naturally, you group them into categories: public and private options. Your car offers a sense of comfort, independence, and freedom. You can listen to the radio, maybe put your seat-heater on, and cruise at high speeds along Interstate 880 to downtown Oakland. As for the public options, different thoughts ensue. You have to walk to the BART and the AC Transit station, and even though a BART train may show up relatively…

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“IMG_9598” by koemu is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

In an age of ride-sharing, trains, fancy personal vehicles, and bikes, many commuters simply are ignoring the public bus systems running within their cities. As public buses fade, large companies like Facebook and Genentech have now developed new bus carpools taking employers to their office. It is not to say that buses as a means of public transit are a thing of the past, because many cities— including Seattle, Houston, and San Francisco—have successful bus networks, but for the majority of US cities bus systems lack critical components necessary for high ridership and efficiency. …

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A Caltrain arriving in Burlingame

Caltrain is under threat. The 77 mile commuter train line running from Gilroy to San Francisco, CA faces the possibility of a shutdown due to sinking revenue and no stable funding mechanism. The COVID-19 pandemic has made train riding obsolete, as employers have transitioned to a work-from-home system leaving only essential workers as primary riders of Caltrain. 70% of Caltrain’s revenue comes from ticket sales, and with ridership plummeting, there is hardly any revenue to keep the train afloat.

Measures to create a more equitable Caltrain have been proposed, often coupled with a 1/8 cent sales tax—both of which have…

Davis Turner

City-Dwelling Transit Lover.

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