Metro, county disagree over transit center test

WASHINGTON – Montgomery County and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority continue to disagree over repairs to the $120 million Silver Spring Transit Center.

WMATA’s Tom Robinson last month said of the center, “The building continues to move and continues to crack.” Repairs to the cracks in the concrete are underway, but WMATA wants something called a slot stress test to be done before it will take ownership of the project.

But David Dise, director of general services for the county wrote in an update on repairs this week that the slot stress test would be “of no value.”

Asked for comment, a spokesman for WMATA said the agency hasn’t had a chance to review the letter.

At a recent hearing, WMATA officials told the county council the questions they had about the transit center had to do with durability, not safety.

Negotiations over who will take over the center once it’s done continue.

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