Metro's transparency in action (cont'd)

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Rad Sallee reports that our local quasi-governmental transit agency is at it again:

Four Near Northside residents pleaded with the Metro board Thursday not to leave them in limbo, as one put it, about its plans for an Intermodal Terminal near their homes.

Chairman David Wolff responded that the board would vote during the meeting to buy land for the terminal — a step toward clarifying their issues.

But after the vote, Metropolitan Transit Authority officials would not identify the specific parcel the board had approved for purchase.

George and Sharon Jacobs told the board they love their home on North Main but need to know its fate. “I spent this last year in limbo,” Sharon Jacobs said. “It’s stressful. It’s torturous.”

Todd Mason, Metro vice president of real estate services, said he does not believe the townhome property will be needed for construction but that it might qualify for “inverse condemnation,” meaning purchasing a project to compensate the owner for loss of value.

Wolff apologized that the residents had been in the dark so long and blamed delays on the complexity of the sprawling, multi-level terminal for buses and light rail.


The Chronicle asked Metro on Wednesday for descriptions and maps of the properties. A Metro spokeswoman recommended filing an open records request, which was done.

All in a day’s work at Metro.

Let’s recall Frank “Procurement Disaster” Wilson’s recent statement:

We operate the METRO organization in a completely transparent manner.

Riiiiiiight. We can’t wait for the Chron‘s editorial board to weigh in, since they are fans of government sunshine.

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