Speak Out: Are You Frustrated with Silver Spring Transit Center Delays?
A group of volunteers is lobbying for a public meeting on the status of the Silver Spring Transit Center.
Are you frustrated with delays in the opening of the Paul S. Sarbanes Center, the $112 million transit center in downtown Silver Spring?
According to the Gazette, a group of volunteers have formed the Action Committee for Transit and they're lobbying for answers from public officials on when the center will open.
Leader Tina Slater said the group wants to hold a public meeting with the Montgomery County Council, according to the Gazette.
“Two years is one thing. Four years is another, and we don’t know how much longer it’s going to be,” Slater said. “We would just, as the public and as transit users, like to have a little information about when this transit center will open.”
The center's progress has been delayed at least seven times, according to Silver Spring Patch. It was originally slated to open in 2008.
In August of 2011, county officials and workers noticed eight areas on the platform that were flaking because of the lack of concrete over the reinforcement. This made the platform subject to heat, it thawed and then cracked, David Dise, director for Montgomery County General Services said.
Once the transit center is completed it is expected to serve as the central location for commuters to access taxis, Ride On, Metro bus and the MARC train.
According to the Department of General Services website, the project is "approximately 96.5 percent complete."
Speak out: Are you frustrated with the Silver Spring Transit Center? Tell us in the comments.