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Montgomery County's chief administrative officer says the Silver Spring Transit Center could open by the end of the year, but that's still tentative.
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Montgomery County's chief administrative officer says the Silver Spring Transit Center could open by the end of the year, but that's still tentative.

Montgomery County may be inching closer to determining when the delayed and over-budget Silver Spring Transit Center can open.

In the first hearing since an independent report determined chunks of concrete could fall from the troubled transit hub, county council members asked when the Silver Spring Transit Center will be repaired and ready for commuters.

This is the answer they received from the county's chief administrative officer, Tim Firestine: "Our goal still is to complete the center and turn it over to Metro by the end of the year. But I won't have anything more precise until we've had our opportunity to meet with the parties on Monday."

On Monday, the county's engineers will meet with the transit center's lead engineering contractor, Parsons Brinckerhoff, to discuss fixes for cracking concrete and other issues that could result in long-term safety and maintenance problems. Before Metro accepts the project, it wants to sign a new deal with Montgomery County guaranteeing it won't have to pay for those problems.

"Metro wants to make sure that we will not unnecessarily burden our riders and the region with increased maintenance costs," says Metro's Charlie Scott.

Just to get the center open, repair costs could climb to $7 million and take about six months.

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