New $6.7 billion price tag makes Caltrain’s SF extension among costliest in the world

A rendering of the cross section of the Salesforce Transit Terminal with a subterranean Caltrain and high-speed rail station

For marathon runners, the last mile is often the hardest — and the same apparently holds true for extending Caltrain into downtown San Francisco.

Preparations for the final 1.3-mile leg — pushing trains to the city’s Salesforce Tower — are finally picking up speed after decades of on-and-off planning. But there’s one major hurdle: a new $6.7 billion price tag.

The rail line — also planned as the finishing northern stretch for California’s High-Speed Rail — saw a cost increase of 34% from a

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