Despite being four years behind schedule and $80 million over budget, the Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center has finally opened. WAMU reported that the $141 million transit center opened Sunday with 32 bus bays, 26 Kiss & Ride spaces, and accommodations for a future Bi-County Transitway with connections to regional hiker/hiker trails. The development is three-tiered and is expected to free up traffic in downtown Silver Spring. The top level is the Kiss & Ride area with its own entrance at the intersection of Ramsey Avenue and Bonifant Street. The third level features a taxi stand, Enterprise car-sharing spaces, and an area for bike lockers and bike racks. Commuters will be able to connect with taxicabs, MARC, Metrorail, and Metro and Ride On buses. According to The Washington Post, a variety of Metrobus routes with nearby bus stops will be relocated inside the center. The routes include: 70, 79, F4, J1, J2, J3, J4, J5, Q1, Q2, Q4, S2, S4, S9, Y2, Y7, Y8, Z2, Z6, Z8, Z9, Z11, Z13, and Z29.
· Silver Spring Transit Center Is Open At Last [WAMU]
· Tips for using Silver Spring Transit Center [The Washington Post]
· Silver Spring Transit Center Expected to Open Later This Fall [Curbed DC]