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Silver Spring Transit Center set to open Sept. 20


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Thursday, Metro announced it was ready to accept the Silver Spring Transit Center from Montgomery County and open the facility later next month. The move comes a day after we spotted buses driving around the facility

Officials say Metro has 10 days to formally accept the facility after receiving a formal request from the county Thursday morning. During the next four week, Metro will prepare the faciliyt and compete training bus drivers as well as notify riders about the opening and any service changes.

The target opening date for the transit center, located in the 8400 block of Colesville Road next to the Metrorail station, is Sept. 20.

Bus drivers training at Silver Spring Transit Center


SILVER SRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Buses were spotted at the new Silver Spring Transit Center on Wednesday morning. 

A Metro spokesperson tells us that training is underway for drivers there. During training, out-of-service buses from Metro and Montgomery County Ride On will enter and exit the area.

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Drivers are getting familiar with the traffic patterns, boarding locations and more at the facility in the 8400 block of Colesville Road.

No opening date has been announced for the transit center yet. 

Person pinned by vehicle in Silver Spring


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A person is pinned by a car in Silver Spring Thursday morning after his car fell while he was working on it, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

The incident happened at 12391 Blakely Court, according to officials. The person has been extricated and is being evaluated by medical personnel.

We will continue to update you as we learn more. 

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Debate over keeping polluted Silver Spring trail open


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A portion of Ireland Drive Trail in Silver Spring has been known for some time now to be a potentially toxic area.  There are "Polluted Water, DO NOT DRINK" signs posted all around the creek that runs along the trail.

“Smelly, smelly, I can smell it,” Janice Kane said by a water drainage area while exercising..

That area in question includes a creek that has a questionable orange substance building around the water. WUSA9 also found plastic gloves, water bottles and other items of refuse dumped along a certain portion of the trail.

“What worries me is that it’s going into Rock Creek Park, that’s what worries me and I guess, you know, eventually we’re going to be drinking it through WSSC right? Cause we’re all connected to the same water?” Kane said.

Metro board gives GM authority to accept Silver Spring transit center


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Metro's board of directors has given interim General Manager Jack Requa the authority to accept the under-construction Silver Spring transit center.

The move reportedly came after Metro dropped its request for an additional $15 million to cover future maintenance and repair costs.

When the Colesville Road center does open, it will be named the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center.  

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Police: Baby mistakenly left in car at Metro station


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A child was taken to a hospital after being left in a car at a Metro station on Wednesday, say police.

Someone notified Montgomery County Police shortly after 10:15 a.m. that a boy had been left in a car at the Forest Glen Metro. Police say the child has been transported to nearby Holy Cross hospital.

The child appears to be okay.

We're told that the child's father got on a train at the station around 7:30 a.m. to go to work before he realized that he did not have the baby. He called the baby's grandparents who then came to the car and tried to get it open, but were unsuccessful. They then called the fire department for help. Fire crews broke into the car to get to the baby. 

The father is being interviewed by police. The case has been referred to Child Protective Services. 

Report: Quarry House to return to old location


SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A popular Silver Spring restaurant that was heavily damaged during a fire will reportedly return to its original location.

Since the fire at their location on Georgia Avenue and Bonifant Street, Quarry House has operated out of a vacant restaurant space that formerly housed "Piratz".

However, Bethesda Magazine reports that the owner intends to return to the restaurant's original location, possibly as soon as in the next six months.