San Mateo County has proposed a deal to once and for all end a decadeslong power struggle and debt debacle that has plagued the governing of Caltrain, the commuter train that runs from San Francisco to Gilroy.

San Mateo County’s transportation agency, SamTrans, is seeking a combined $15.2 million from Santa Clara and San Francisco, the two other countries through which the train runs, in exchange for “diminished rights” within Caltrain governance. The payment would be an addition to the agreement reached last week for SamTrans to be repaid $19 million for a related debt by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the agency overseeing transportation in the Bay Area.

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