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The $112 million train-and-bus hub is $80 million over budget and two years behind schedule. It was found to be unsafe and in need of significant repairs because of cracking and a lack of supporting steel.

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Montgomery County’s expensive private attorneys

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

Officials waste taxpayer money by not using government lawyers.

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Silver Spring Transit Center contractors, Montgomery County settle lawsuit over late, overbudget project

(Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post)

The agreement pays $25 million to the county, far below what it sought for costs and damages.

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Legal costs mounting in Silver Spring Transit Center litigation

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

An outside law firm has billed Montgomery County nearly $4 million in fees. A trial is scheduled for May.

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Silver Spring’s blank canvas

(Yue Wu / The Washington Post)

The area around the new transit center is ready for development.

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Top 10 traffic, transit stories of 2015

(Amanda Voisard / For the Washington Post)

Metro’s performance cast a shadow throughout the year, but some developments helped travelers.

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Metro board chairman cleared of alleged ethics violation

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

Mortimer Downey had been accused of a conflict of interest for working as an adviser to a big Metro contractor.

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Travelers want some tinkering with new transit center

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

Buses need easier access. And how about some more benches?

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Maryland, Virginia transportation projects going through break-in phase

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

Travelers are testing Silver Spring Transit Center and new traffic management system on I-66.