Like all local transit agencies, Caltrain has taken it on the chin of late from the state. Over the last three years, $30 million in state funding has been whisked away. But Caltrains is about to get dumped upon locally, too.
Locally, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SamTrans), the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Muni also subsidize Caltrain, to the tune of $39.4 million annually. But Scanlon -- who is also SamTrans' CEO -- announced he will move for that agency to cut its Caltrains contribution by 70 percent. If that comes to pass, VTA and Muni would also make 70 percent cuts, leaving Caltrain out a total of $28 million.
"We're rapidly approaching a cliff," Scanlon lamented. "It's going to be very, very painful. It's probably
going to force people back to congested freeways. People aren't going
to be able to get to jobs; they're not going to have basic mobility."