MTA spokesman True’s last day is Saturday 

If the art of damage control could ever have a public face, it would have to belong to Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Judson True.

For the past two years, True has had the unenviable task of offering up apologies, explanations, and insights on a variety of topics, from the macro (multimillion-dollar budget deficits) to the micro (“your 1-California line is behind schedule because of a car accident”).

Starting this Sunday, True will no longer be responsible for those duties, as the spokesman has announced he’ll step down from his role as the spokesman of the MTA to become a legislative aide to Board of Supervisors’ President David Chiu.

“Believe it or not, leaving the SFMTA is bittersweet,” said True.  “I have so many colleagues who are doing such great work to improve the city, and I’ll miss being a part of those efforts.”

True joined the MTA four years ago after working as a legislative aide for then-District 11 Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval. He worked as an MTA liaison to the Board of Supervisors for two years before taking on the role of chief spokesman in early 2008. His last official appearance will be at a town hall meeting at the MTA’s headquarters on Saturday, where officials will discuss the agency’s $56.4 million shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

After taking time off to travel, True will officially join Chiu’s staff on May 1.

“I’m excited about working with President Chiu on citywide challenges, from the budget to transportation to affordable housing,” said True.

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