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Leggett Remains 'Optimistic' About Silver Spring Transit Center

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The progress of the beleagured Silver Spring Transit Center still inspires optimism from Isiah Leggett.
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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 β€” testing the county at this point has no inclination to pay for, deeming the tests "unnecessary."

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