WASHINGTON — After years of construction, Metro announced Thursday it intends to open the Silver Spring Transit Center in a few weeks.

WMATA officials say Metro received a formal request from Montgomery County to transfer the Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center on Colesville Road.

Metro aims to open the transit center by Sunday, Sept. 20.

Montgomery County is handing the project over to Metro after construction became five years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget.

Metro now has 10 days to formally accept the facility, but says no issues are expected.

The three-level transit center is next to the Silver Spring Metro station and will provide expanded bus facilities and improved connectivity between Metrorail, Metrobus, MARC Rail, Ride On Bus, intercity buses and taxis, Metro says.

“With multiple points of entry for pedestrians from three directions, and access from two bike trails, the center is also expected to improve pedestrian and vehicle flow in Downtown Silver Spring,” stated a press release from Metro.

The transit center has the following features:

32 bus bays for WMATA Metrobus, Montgomery County Ride On, Van-Go shuttle, Inter-city Buses, and University of Maryland Shuttle
Direct access to Metrorail and MARC trains
22 Kiss & Ride spaces
Electronic real-time bus arrival and information displays
Multi-modal transit store (TRiPS)

Metro says it will spend the next month making final preparations for the facility.

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