Editor,

I was dismayed to see Jim Lawrence’s letter urging a no vote on Measure RR (”Vote no on Measure RR” in the Sept. 14 edition of the Daily Journal). Mr. Lawrence insinuated that Caltrain users are elitists and that “you and I do not use Caltrain.” He’s wrong on both counts. I’m a Caltrain user, I’m far from rich and Mr. Lawrence does not speak for me. People from all walks of life use Caltrain, and since when does using safe public transport qualify one to be called an “elitist?’

Believe it or not, there are people who live here who don’t drive and who don’t have another reliable way to get to work, to go shopping, and to just get to where they need to go. Caltrain is an essential service for the many people who rely on it for travel up and down the Peninsula. Please vote yes on Measure RR.

Esther Berick

San Mateo

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(2) comments

Terence Y

Ms. Berick, if you review Caltrain’s Fare Study in August of 2018, people with an annual household income below $50k make up 16% of all Caltrain riders, 23% of Caltrain riders make $200k or more, with the other 69% in between. I'm sorry if you're in the 16%, but perhaps you can propose a progressive fee. Or at worst, since only 3% of black people use the service, maybe you can try the old racism approach and guilt all the white BLM people to donate.

Christopher Conway

It is time for those people who utilize this essential service to pay for it. If the cost of a ticket doesn't pay the freight, increase the cost of the ticket until it does. After what we saw in the fight for governance of Caltrain, vote NO and let them figure it out. Taxpayers are not here to bailout poorly run public transportation. If you are a fan of Caltrain, pull out your own checkbook and write a check. No one is stopping you.

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