Friday, May 15, 2015

Silver Spring Transit Center protest scheduled for Saturday morning

A citizen protest regarding the cost, delays and questions of who is responsible for them in the construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center will be held tomorrow, Saturday, May 16, from 9:00-11:00 AM. The protest will be located in front of the Transit Center site in downtown Silver Spring.

The protest is being organized by the Montgomery County Young Republicans.

"The Silver Spring Transit Center is an embodiment of failed policy and wasteful spending –$140 million of tax payer money wasted on a project that is 5 years behind schedule," MCYR Vice President Daniel McHugh said in a statement.  "No accountability and no oversight is unacceptable and outrageous! In January, the council awarded this failed effort with another $21 million of taxpayer money."

Prior to last November's election, the incumbent Montgomery County Council had assured voters that taxpayers would not have to pay the cost overruns on the project.

McHugh says the extra cost was money that could have gone to education and other top priorities.

The transit center's completion was recently delayed yet again.

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