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It expects to build 23 more at over $900,000 a piece

The city of Arlington just recently opened an impressive bus stop with a not-so-impressive price tag of $1 million.
The “super stop” in Arlington, Virginia is unlike any other bus stop. It has a custom designed roof made of glass and steel; a wall of etched glass; heaters in the floor; gorgeous landscaping, and concrete/stainless steel benches.
The bus stop has 10-inch high curbs, 90 feet of concrete and can shelter 15 people at a time while waiting for buses to arrive – all at a cost of $1 million.
The cost comes down to $575,000 for construction/fabrication and $440,000 for construction management and inspections, where federal/state money took care of 80 percent of the total price tag.
When Arlington citizens discovered the cost of the super stop, many were outraged.
“That’s ridiculous,” said Robin Stewart, a citizen who was waiting at the super stop. “From a citizen, from a voter, whoever put that budget through needs to get their butt canned. It’s an outrage.”
The super stop opened on March 11, and 23 more are planned for Arlington’s streetcars. The county has set aside $20.8 million for all of them, which is about $904,000 a piece.
The idea behind the fancy bus stops is to not only accommodate Arlington’s plans for its streetcars and buses (about 16,000 people use the Columbia Pike buses for transportation) but to also draw people to the area. New housing is expected to be built in the area over the next two decades, and the county hopes the bus stops will help it flourish.
“When you do a prototype, you end up heavily front-loading on the costs,” said Dennis Leach, Arlington’s transportation director. “These are more like high-capacity bus or rail stops.”
But citizens are concerned about the budget, saying that Arlington can build nice bus stops without having to spend $1 million.
“Oh my God. How much steel? How much cement? How much glass? One million? Bring them to court,” said Husain Hamid, who was waiting at the super stop. “People are hungry. People are sleeping on the street. It doesn’t need $1 million.”

Source: Washington Post

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By Josh7289 on 4/5/2013 12:03:40 AM , Rating: 4
And what does this have to do with tech?

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By MadMan007 on 4/5/2013 1:38:54 AM , Rating: 4
Nothing, but Tiffany is learning well from Mick and posting politically-oriented stories that might draw lots of page views.

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By poohbear on 4/5/2013 2:59:55 AM , Rating: 1
yea i'm afraid that's what's happening. what on earth DOES this have to do with Tech?? Is anandtech that desperate for page views???

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By Crazyeyeskillah on 4/5/2013 11:20:06 AM , Rating: 2
are you even aware that anandtech and dailytech are 2 different websites run by two different people? Dailytech just has their newsfeeds on the side of anandtechs frontpage since forever. I actually go to the anandtech webpage because it's easiest to navigate the new dailytech stories, have done so for about 15 years.

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By mindless1 on 4/12/2013 12:19:23 AM , Rating: 2
Interesting, considering the site has only been around for little more than half that.

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By Schadenfroh on 4/6/2013 5:12:40 PM , Rating: 3
Obviously, you have not tried Arlington's advanced bus stops, even the old ones have consoles where you can track when the bus will arrive using the GPS trackers on the bus.

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