Gov. Brown Signs Off on Caltrain's Sales-Tax Measure

October 11, 2017

Palo Alto Weekly
By Gennady Sheyner

Caltrain's plan to ask voters for a sales-tax increase received a boost Tuesday, when Gov. Jerry Brown signePalo Ald a bill that will allow the rail service to move ahead with its proposal.

Senate Bill 797, which was authored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, authorizes a measurefor a sales tax of no more than one-eighth of a cent. The measure would have to be approved by Caltrain's partner agencies in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and then by at least two-thirds of the voters in the three counties.

Caltrain, which is in the midst of a modernization project that includes electrification of its fleet, has long been the only transit agency with no dedicated funding source in California. To date, it has relied on annual contributions from each of the three counties.

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