The Bay Area Transportation Working Group (BATWG) has long supported the Downtown Extension of Caltrain (DTX). For the last 40 months the Mission Bay RAB study has been ongoing under the aegis of San Francisco City Planning Department and former Mayor’s office. During virtually that entire 4-1/2 year period the RAB planners have unnecessarily delayed and disrupted DTX, a project defined by the voters in November, 1999 as San Francisco’s top transportation priority.
Unfortunately the disruption is continuing. Thanks to the costs and other obstacles recently heaped upon DTX, it would likely take another generation or two to get the trains into downtown San Francisco. Here are some ways of accelerating the process: