Silver Spring Transit Center Discussions

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The council made it very clear that they were hoping to hear directly from County Executive Ike Legitt. 

But he was a no show. 

So, instead, the council grilled his staff.

The big question is why did council members have to learn from the media that Metro had sent the county a letter saying it would no longer operate the transit center? 

Montgomery County's executive branch say they're confident that Metro's commitment is binding, that they can't back out of the Silver Spring Transit Center. 

"We feel that we have a firm relationship, legal arrangement with WMATA."

But Metro's standing firm. 

In that letter to the county the transit agency said,"Deficiencies of the design and construction of the facility are of the magnitude and severity that even if repaired it would unnecessarily place an inordinate maintenance burden on WMATA."

Roger Berliner, Montgomery County Council says, "When things go wrong, we would really appreciate knowing about it immediately and directly as opposed to reading about it in the paper. So that just adds to frustration."

It's bad because not only is the county fighting with Metro. 

They're also fighting with the contractor over who's at fault. Not to mention the project is already years overdue and millions over budget. But the end goal is still the same.

"To get the facility complete and open and operated by metro."

So when will that be?

No one has any idea. 

First they have to come up with a plan to fix those design and construction flaws. That's expected in about a month. But they've also got to sit down with Metro and try to reach a compromise. 
But so far no meeting has been set. 

In Rockville. Kristin Fisher. WUSA9. 

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