WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Legal Action Possible Over Silver Spring Transit Center

Play associated audio

A construction error at the unopened Silver Spring Transit Center has council members in Montgomery County considering legal action.

The center, which will be named for former Maryland senator Paul Sarbanes, has faced numerous construction and funding issues, but the latest problem has lawmakers at the breaking point. On the center's second level, concrete slabs were not poured thick enough. Making matters worse, says council president Roger Berliner, it wasn't the contractor working on the project that spotted the problem.

"County officials saw flaking on the second floor," says Berliner. "And that flaking suggested, if you excuse the expression, 'Houston, we have a problem here.'"

Council members met in a rare closed session to discuss what legal action they might take. Berliner offered few details on that meeting, but did say the deal with the contractor allows the county to issue fines if the project is not completed on time.

"So there's X amount of dollars every day that will be owed to the county for any delays associated with this mistake," says Berliner. "And of course, it will be up to the contractor to fix this mistake."

Berliner adds that they're still trying to determine the date that the fines would start. Another date undetermined is when the center might open, as both the county and Metro must wait for the concrete issues to be fixed. The center will feature direct access to both Metrorail and MARC trains, as well as bays for Metrobus, Ride-On, MTA, and University of Maryland shuttle buses.

NPR

Military Veterans Take On Zombies In 'Range 15'

Range 15 is a new zombie movie made by war veterans for veterans. It's a dark comedy with a cast that includes a Navy Cross recipient, amputees and William Shatner.
NPR

Chef Eddie Huang On Cultural Identity And 'Intestine Sticky Rice Hot Dog'

Huang and his brothers, Evan and Emery, headed to China to reconnect with their culture, to eat lots and lots of food — and to cook. He's documented his travels in his new book, Double Cup Love.
NPR

Family of Kate Steinle Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The suit alleges San Francisco's "sanctuary city" immigration policies led to Steinle's death, allegedly at the hands of a man in the U.S. illegally. It also blames two federal agencies.
NPR

North Korea Linked To $81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist

Experts say code used by hackers in recent attacks on banks appears to be the same as code used in an attack on Sony Pictures which the FBI says was carried out by North Korea.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.