Council members want answers on Silver Spring Transit Center

WASHINGTON – The Silver Spring Transit Center is over budget and overdue, and members of the Montgomery County Council want an explanation.

Nancy Navarro, president of the Montgomery County Council, says the council wants to hear directly from County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett on the latest developments regarding the transit center.

“It leaves, I think, a lot of question marks on council members’ minds that we respectfully made a request for him to come and brief us and he has so far declined.”

Instead, Director of General Services David Dise and Chief Administrative Officer Tim Firestine will brief the council on how soon repairs on the center, which was supposed to open two years ago, can begin.

On Tuesday, council members Hans Riemer and Valerie Ervin proposed having the county’s inspector general investigate the project.

However, that would cost about $100,000.

“This is an additional layer of accountability,” says Riemer. “This is just about making sure that every question gets asked.”

Questions about the proposals and transit center will be asked at Wednesday’s council hearing. Leggett was asked to attend but it’s not on his schedule.

WTOP’s Kate Ryan contributed to this report. Follow @KateRyanWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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