Metro Backing Out Of Md. Transit Hub Operations

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Metro says it won’t operate the Silver Spring Transit Center as planned because flaws make it too expensive to maintain.

The Washington Post reports that the transit agency notified Montgomery County officials that even if construction and design flaws in the $120 million facility are corrected, it would be too large a burden for the agency.

The three-level bus and train hub is over budget and already more than two years behind schedule. Repairs are expected to take at least another year. Metro says it still plans to operate Metrobus service from the center, but won’t pursue inter-city bus operations there.

The county’s General Service director says if Metro breaks the 2008 agreement, the opening could delayed further. It’s not clear who would operate the center if Metro doesn’t.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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