Through a written agreement on the deal — a memorandum of understanding (MOU) — the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) was supposed to take over the transit hub.
WMATA says that won’t happen now since the center failed to meet safety standards. But Tim Firestine, chief administrative officer for Montgomery County, says there’s no way the county is going to operate the center.
“We believe within that MOU with WMATA, we can enforce their obligations under that MOU. Those obligations do include operating, owning, maintaining the facility,” Firestine says.
While WMATA says it will run buses out of the center and listen to plans about fixing the flawed project, it won’t accept responsibility for the facility.
In an email to WTOP Wednesday night regarding the issue, WMATA spokeswoman Morgan Dye says the agency stands by its position.