Controversial move by transit agency will receive special hearing

The controversial decision by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to relocate  its headquarters to San Francisco will be discussed in a special state Senate hearing at San Francisco City Hall on Thursday.

Despite objections from Oakland lawmakers and disabled activists, the MTC, the region’s lead transportation planning agency, approved a plan to spend $179 million in local bridge toll funds to purchase a former U.S. Post Office building in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, one of the East Bay politicians opposed to the move, will chair the hearing, which will cover regional governance in the Bay Area. DeSaulnier has encouraged local residents opposed to attend the hearing to speak out on the MTC relocation issue.

The hearing, held as part of the State Senate Housing and Transportation Committee, will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Room 250 in City Hall.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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