Members of the Montgomery County Council's Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T&E) committee did more listening than talking when they were briefed on the delays affecting the Silver Spring Transit Center earlier this month.
After the meeting, Montgomery County Media spoke with Councilmember Nancy Floreen (D-At Large) about the project, which will cost the county over $100 million. She said:
"We will be keeping a very close eye on this. This is a very complicated project; it's very important for the future of transit mobility in downtown Silver Spring and also we're going to worry about the reliability of the structure for years to come—very expensive structure and very important."
Montgomery County officials said improperly poured concrete resulted in a higher-than-desired number of cracks in the three-tiered structure, a problem which will need to be fixed before the center can open. David Dise, head of the county’s general services department, told the committee he anticipates the center will open late summer 2013.
The Silver Spring Transit Center, which a county official said will cost $108 million, will create space for taxis, Kiss and Ride cars and a network of buses near the Silver Spring Metro and MARC stations.