There is a big hole in Silver Spring that needs to be filled.
The huge hole that was blasted out of bedrock for the Silver Spring Transit Center is now being filled with reinforced concrete decks for the bus bays and kiss-and-ride lot.
There is another hole that needs to be filled – the void in information about how the Purple Line, Capital Crescent Trail, and Metropolitan Branch Trail will all fit together in the transit center. I’ve posted previously on the Purple Line concept plans available from the MTA giving clues on how the trails can meet here, at
Bringing the MetBranch into the Transit Center. But to this date neither the MTA nor the County has shown any conceptual plans in enough detail to show how the trails will connect, how access will be provided from the trails to the transit center, and how conflicts between trail users and transit users will be managed. MTA renderings of the transit center and the Montgomery County transit center project description give little useful information about the trails at the transit center, or for that matter any of the trail along the one mile CSX corridor section. Contrast that with the many renderings and videos MTA presents on its website and that MTA has shown at briefings to the Planning Board and County Council about plans for the future CCT west of Rock Creek.
The MTA will have opportunity to fill in this information gap when it briefs the CCCT Board at its Sept. 13 meeting, see the meeting announcement at www.cctrail.org. It is a strategic goal of the CCCT to complete the trail into downtown Silver Spring and connect it seamlessly to the MetBranch Trail. The future CCT section from Rock Creek east to downtown Silver Spring is equal in length to the section from Rock Creek west to Bethesda, and is even more technically challenging along the CSX corridor and at the Silver Spring Transit Center. Hopefully the CCCT Board will give the MTA the opportunity, and the requirement, to show how the CCT will connect through the Sarbanes Transit center.