If ultimately approved by two thirds of voters across San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the tax would generate an estimated $108 million annually.
The tax would generate an estimated $108 million annually for the agency, which desperately needs the funding to operate the system as ridership has plummeted amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Caltrain fatally struck a person on the tracks in Redwood City on Tuesday morning, according to the transit agency.
San Mateo officials, who are promoting instead what they are calling a "clean" ballot measure, said the San Francisco proposal would impose too many conditions on the release of funding.
A new plan unveiled Tuesday would direct revenue from the proposed tax measure into an escrow account controlled by the three-county Joint Powers Board that manages the Peninsula rail system.
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.
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Caltrain is struggling with a plunge in ridership and revenue.
Up to three trains will run per hour at peak commute times.
The collision was reported just before noon and officers found the man trapped beneath the train and administered aid until Menlo Park fire crews arrived to take over and free him for transport to the hospital.
The person was hit just before noon by southbound train #142 on tracks at the Oak Grove Avenue crossing, Caltrain said on social media.
A train engineer discovered the body around 5:55 a.m. next to the tracks in the area of Ralston Avenue.
The separation project will raise the tracks and lower 25th Avenue so vehicle and pedestrian traffic can pass underneath the tracks.
Passengers can use the Belmont station while the Hillsdale station remains closed.
Caltrain locomotive JPBX 909 struck the person about 10:45 a.m., when the train was headed south toward Gilroy,.
The COVID-19 crisis is costing transit agencies, riders, and in some cases, the lion’s share of revenue.
The agency says they just need more money since ridership is down 95 percent.
Caltrain announced Thursday that it will reduce its weekday train service by more than half starting next week amid sharp ridership losses due to the novel coronavirus.
Caltrain's first fatality of 2020 happened about 9:38 a.m. There were no injuries to any of the 64 passengers aboard the train.
This is the first Caltrain fatality of 2020.