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WMATA gears up to open Silver Spring Transit Center

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) plans to open the Silver Spring Transit Center on Sept. 20.

The announcement came yesterday, when the agency received a formal request from Montgomery County to transfer the transit center into the regional transit system, WMATA officials said in a press release. WMATA has 10 days to formally accept the facility, but "no issues are expected."

Montgomery County built the three-level, multimodal transit center, which is located adjacent to the Silver Spring Metrorail Station. The transit center will offer improved connectivity between Metrorail, Metrobus, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC), intercity buses and taxis, WMATA officials said.

The center also feature multiple points of entry for pedestrian, bike trail access, 22 "Kiss and Ride" spaces, and direct access to Metrorail and MARC trains.

Over the next month, WMATA will complete final preparation for the facility.

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