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 , 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.

The project had specifications for 10-inches of concrete but parts of the second and third floor were laid with 8 inches and 11 inches. 

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. 

Tony Hausner July 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM
It is important that we get some kind of update on this soon. I am guessing legal issues might be a factor in the delay of an update, but if that is the case, then we should be so informed.
Tony Hausner July 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM
this is from Reemberto Rodriguez, Regional Center Director David Dise, our Director of General Services, is tentatively scheduled to be at both, the SSUDAC and the SSCAB in September. In the meantime, you may want to see the "July 2012" update found at DGS's web-site? http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgtmpl.asp?url=/content/DGS/DBDC/RegionalProjectPages/SilverSpringProjects/sstc.asp It states: "The County has determined that the concrete slab thickness for the middle and top level elevated slabs fall outside the allowable construction tolerances for thickness. Approximately 37% (as determined through examination of the drive aisle areas on the 330 and 350 level decks) of the elevated deck area is in compliance, while 42% exceeds the allowable thickness and 21% is less than the allowable thickness. The facility has been determined to be structurally sound. Analyses to determine the impacts of the non-compliant work are ongoing. However, in some areas of insufficient thickness, the concrete coverage of the reinforcing bars and post tension cables is less than the allowable. A letter outlining the deficiency has been issued by the County's Contract Administrator. The issues and possible remediation plans are being discussed among the County, State, Contractor and designer. The final completion date is indeterminate at this time."
Frank Coveleski July 24, 2012 at 02:13 PM
The Chinese would have built the Silver Spring Transit Center and had it up and running in 3 months. We are dealing with a basic concrete structure, not some sophisticated high-tech, architectural high-rise wonder. American industriousness and ingenuity are on the decline. The county and contractors need to get their act together. Very embarrasing for a progressive city and county.
jag July 24, 2012 at 02:58 PM
LOL, um, Chinese buildings also do this: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2009/06/29/shanghai-building-collapses-nearly-intact/ No thanks, I don't care to die in one of their "tofu buildings." What an odd thing to want to emulate. The point of this transit center and the design rigor is that it's supposed to last a number of generations. Nor do I understand what the political leanings of a county have to do with shoddy work done by a contractor selected by Foulger-Pratt. Also, FP contends that design of the structure is complex, closer to a bridge than just a standard concrete building frame (for that what's worth). I'd assume they're right, at least to a degree. But that's why the county checked and rechecked the design plans. All the dumb subcontractor had to do was follow the clear plans and pour the proper amount of concrete. Absurd that a concrete company would be incapable of doing so.
LMilor July 24, 2012 at 07:23 PM
It's been a hole in the ground for long enough --embarrassing. I no longer use the station 1/2 mile from my home, but instead travel to Takoma Park --1 1/2 miles away. Legal issues can be solved if there is sufficient will from both parties. Why isn't there? Silver Spring is long overdue.


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