The opening date of the Silver Spring Transit Center has been pushed back so many times that an advocacy group has now made it the theme of a new a contest.
The Action Committee for Transit (ACT) is offering Montgomery County residents the chance to guess the date of the opening of the troubled Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center. The entrant whose guess comes closest will receive a dinner for two at 8407 kitchen bar, which was recently named to Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants of 2013. Interested parties must join ACT to enter the contest (dues are $10).
It might be some time before a winner is announced, however. Multiple flaws in the $120 million transit center’s design have delayed its opening for more than two years. The latest defects discovered at the facility are said to take at least six weeks to repair. But there’s still a question as to when those repairs will begin because Montgomery County and general contractor Foulger-Pratt Cos. disagree over what needs to be done, as well as who should foot the bill.
Tina Slater, president of ACT, acknowledged that the transit center’s constant delays could keep participants waiting for quite a while to see if they won that dinner. "I have to give you one warning," she said, in a statement. "We make absolutely no promises about when the prize will be awarded.”