URGENT PRIORITY: DTX (DOWNTOWN CALTRAIN EXTENSION)

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DTX is the highest regional transportation priority—legally mandated by San Francisco voters. The Transbay District’s new upzoning and development were predicated on DTX. Without DTX, tens of thousands of new commuters/ car trips/ residents/ workers will overload streets, highways and the Municipal Railway, usurping resources and service from the rest of the city and neighborhoods. To make matters worse, real Estate interests are lobbying for projects not set as priorities in the Mayor’s Transportation Task Force Report, such as the low-benefit Central Subway extension.

1999 PROP H: DOWNTOWN CALTRAIN STATION (Downtown Caltrain Extension / Transbay Terminal)

Bay Rail Alliance: http://www.bayrailalliance.org/san_francisco_prop_h_text/

This measure is an ordinance that would make it City law to extend the Caltrain line to a new or rebuilt regional transit station in San Francisco to be located on the site of the Transbay Terminal at First and Mission Streets. The City would be directed to use an underground tunnel whenever feasible for the extension of the Caltrain line from the current station to the Transbay Terminal. The City would be prohibited from taking any actions that would conflict with extending Caltrain to downtown San Francisco, including allowing conflicting use or development of the Transbay Terminal or the proposed extension right-of-way.

Voter Pamphlet: https://sfpl.org/pdf/main/gic/elections/November2_1999short.pdf

Controller’s Statement: “If the proposed ordinance is adopted, it would require the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and other City Officials to take all necessary action to extend CalTrain to a new downtown station and pursue electrification of the CalTrain line from the City to San Jose. The ordinance also requires the City and the San Francisco Transportation Authority to take all appropriate actions to generate the revenue to finance the downtown extension and transit station”.

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