Practice runs begin at Silver Spring Transit Center

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Buses are expected to be rolling in and out of the long-delayed Silver Spring Transit Center on Monday.

While it is still too soon for riders to catch a bus at the $140 million depot, bus drivers are starting practice runs at the complex.

Drivers of out-of-service buses are beginning their training at the transit center — checking each turn radius, boarding locations and traffic patterns preparing to carry passengers to and from the center in downtown Silver Spring.

The facility is about $50 million over budget and four years behind schedule, after potential safety problems were uncovered, including cracked concrete.

The oval-shaped, three-level complex will link Metrorail, Marc Trains and Metro and RideOn buses.  The facility also includes a taxi stand and Kiss and Ride lot.

No date has been set for the facility’s opening, but Montgomery County is expected to hand the facility over to Metro soon.

Dick Uliano

Whether anchoring the news inside the Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center or reporting from the scene in Maryland, Virginia or the District, Dick Uliano is always looking for the stories that really impact people's lives.

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