Digest: San Francisco OKs amended version of Caltrain measure; significant hurdles remain

News Wire Digest third section for July 29: Historic business car destroyed by fire; GO Transit to resume Niagara Falls service
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Wednesday afternoon rail news:

San Francisco approves Caltrain measure, with conditions

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed a measure supporting a one-eighth-cent sales tax to support Caltrain commuter operations — but with conditions likely to work against getting the proposal on the November ballot or having it passed by voters. Streetsblog San Francisco reports the measure would place much of the funding in escrow and require approval of a two-thirds majority of the Caltrain board of directors — which has three representatives each from San Francisco, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties — to release the funds. San Mateo County has previously approved a version of the legislation without the escrow provisions, and contends the changes are illegal, while Santa Clara County tabled consideration of the initiative until August [see “Digest: MTA says it’s losing $200 million a week ..,” July 23, 2020].

Fire destroys 1899 business car awaiting restoration
A business car built in 1899 that was awaiting restoration was destroyed in a fire earlier this week in Galena, Kan. The Joplin Globe reports arson is suspected. The car, built for Kansas City Southern predecessor Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf, had been acquired from Kansas City Union Station three years ago and was to be restored as a Route 66 tourist attraction. The car is believed to be a total loss.

GO Transit to resume weekend service to Niagara Falls
Toronto’s GO Transit will resume weekend train service to Niagara Falls as of Saturday, Aug. 1, with four round trips to and from Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, Ontario, on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. “This has been a very challenging time for the tourism sector, but today marks another step in Niagara Region’s recovery,” Lisa MacLeod, Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries, said in announcing the service. Schedules are available here.

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