WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Leggett Remains 'Optimistic' About Silver Spring Transit Center

Play associated audio
The progress of the beleagured Silver Spring Transit Center still inspires optimism from Isiah Leggett.
Jared Angle
The progress of the beleagured Silver Spring Transit Center still inspires optimism from Isiah Leggett.

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett says he's still "optimistic" about opening the troubled Silver Spring Transit Center.

The back and forth between the county and Metro, which is contracted to operate the center once it's completed, shows no sign of stopping. But that's not dimming Leggett's belief that the center will open once the fixes the county is currently making are done.

"What Metro is doing is just a deliberate game of negotiations in public," Leggett says. "But if you look at the contract, which I've said repeatedly to my first day on this, all we need to do is follow the contract. (We) need to do the work on this and we'll accept it once that's done."

As for the multi-million dollar question everyone has been waiting years on.

"I'm not going to give an opening day, but we'll get there," he says.

During a county council hearing last week, Metro officials said they wanted additional testing done on concrete repairs currently being done before determining whether they'll operate the center — testing the county at this point has no inclination to pay for, deeming the tests "unnecessary."

NPR

Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
NPR

Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
NPR

Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
NPR

Google Brings Internet Service To Sri Lanka Through, Balloons?

Google has successfully launched its "Project Loon" in Sri Lanka. The goal of the program is to use a series of high-altitude balloons to bring 3G service to underserved areas.

Leave a Comment

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