PHOTOS • BY BILL BROWN
The fence surrounding the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center was taken down this morning, Sept. 19. Work crews prepared the structure for its first use tomorrow, Sept. 20.
A county employee who preferred not to be named said there will be no opening ceremony, it will open when the first bus rolls in at 4:30 AM.
Officials’ reluctance to celebrate or even be associated with the project is likely explained by the two-years construction delays due to “serious problems with the design, construction, concrete strength, concrete testing accuracy, adherence to fire codes, and many other issues,” as Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said in a March 2013 statement.
The county says the problems have been corrected, and – with no hoopla – the center is ready to open.
It will serve as a transportation hub. Once an open lot with bus-bays, there is now a structure where subway and rail travelers can connect with buses, taxis and even bicycles. If the light-rail Purple Line is built, it will pass through the center.