As a lifelong San Mateo County resident, I cannot imagine a Peninsula without Caltrain. Before the pandemic struck, Caltrain was taking more than 60,000 weekday riders (and their cars) a day off our congested highways. Almost all of us think of our local commuter rail fondly — whether we used it to commute to work, go cheer on the Giants or for a weekend outing. The pandemic has decimated public transit nationally and Caltrain is feeling the effects deeply. Ridership has decreased by almost 95%. But we know the pandemic will end, as will this current work from home revolution (I’m old enough to have lived through several).

When normal returns — and it will — what do we want our world to look like? Do we want to return to highways packed with cars sitting idle increasing greenhouse gasses and decreasing qualify of life for drivers stuck inside? I know I certainly don’t. That’s why I’m supporting Measure RR which not only gives Caltrain a lifeline to survive these uncertain times, but helps catapult the agency forward to a future when it can carry more than 150,000 riders a day. Times filled with great challenges often also provide great opportunities. Join me in seizing this one: Vote yes on Measure RR.

Charles Stone


The letter writer is the Belmont vice mayor and serves on the SamTrans and Caltrain board. Views his own.

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(5) comments

Terence Y

Well said, Mr. Conway and Mr. van Ulden. Don’t forget the $30 million of taxpayer money that will pay for the leaning Millennium Tower of SF fiasco and pay millionaire luxury condos owners. Do we really want to give more money to these folks to keep their gravy train rolling? Vote No on RR.

Dirk van Ulden

Charles Stone is on every conceivable Board in the County. He is so sure that ridership will return but cannot possibly substantiate that. Why not wait until ridership can start supporting the train and if necessary demand that his Board look for reprioritizing funding sources that are already being collected for transportation. This may even result in the elimination of boards that have overlapping jurisdictions.

Christopher Conway

"The letter writer is the Belmont vice mayor and serves on the SamTrans and Caltrain board" , thanks for the unbiased opinion Mr. Stone, glad your personal beliefs don't have anything to do with your job. No thank you, we will listen to those people who who don't have their own interests involved like you do.


Charles Stone speaks the truth Chris, perhaps once you leave CA with your Conway delegation and family wealth, there will be no trains where you choose to live.

Tommy Tee

Well, it finally happened. I agree with Chris Conway on this one.

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