Metro: Silver Spring Transit Center Too Expensive To Maintain

5:36 AM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Silver Spring Transit Center is severely over budget and behind schedule.  Depending on who you ask, it's even dangerous. Now, there is a new problem: Metro says the transit center is too expensive to maintain.

This begs a couple questions: who would pay for the operating costs that WMATA was going to pitch in?  Who would operate the center if Metro backs out?

According to the Washington Post, the problems with the center are so severe that it would be a burden for Metro to stay on with the project from a maintenance standpoint.  The deputy general manager of operations said this in a letter to the Montgomery County Council.  It sounds like they're more concerned with costs to come.

The price tag so far is $110 million. The county executive has said taxpayers wouldn't pay for any new costs for repairs. You may remember an independent consultant recently found that there are construction violations here. 

When and if the repairs were done, WMATA says they would run Metrobus service from the center, but those plans for inter-city bus operations? Scratch that. 

Patrick Lacefield, Montgomery County spokesperson for County Executive Ike Leggett, said, "This is simply an opening gambit in negotiations by WMATA. Nothing more. The remediated Transit Center will open with the expected 50-year life span with full services at no additional cost to County taxpayers once the prescribed fixes are completed."

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