San Francisco board of supervisors fail to consider new sales tax proposal to help fund the Peninsula railroad

The potential for Caltrain to temporarily shut down later this year is moving from near-unthinkable to a real possibility, after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declined to take up a proposal to put a new sales tax funding the Peninsula railroad on the November ballot.

The permanent death of the nearly 160-year-old rail line isn’t on the table — but even temporarily stopping all service would be the most dramatic step a Bay Area public transportation agency has been forced to take as the coronavirus pandemic chases away riders and threatens the future of mass transit.