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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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RE: There's a bloated contractor somewhere...
By Strunf on 4/5/2013 7:34:12 AM , Rating: 2
Stainless Steel and glass aren't that cheap, not when you use thick and long panels... the problem here is really the choice of materials, you could make something that would look just as good if not better out of concrete for a fraction of the cost.

RE: There's a bloated contractor somewhere...
By Keeir on 4/5/2013 11:52:31 AM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the engineering to make sure that glass doesn't break when its 50+ mph winds and pouring down rain or there is 3' of snow and its 5 degree outside.

It probably would have been cheaper just to make a full enclosure with a door than this glass sail.

By BRB29 on 4/5/2013 12:07:35 PM , Rating: 2
Having used full enclosed bus stops before, it is a bad idea in general.

Graffiti, cleanliness, smelly people, smokers, homeless people, etc...

By mindless1 on 4/12/2013 12:11:03 AM , Rating: 2
I doubt the engineering was all that great, they already have standards for the amount of stress a piece of glass or polycarb of a given thickness can withstand. When all else fails just copy that portion of the design from another bus stop. That'll cost you a plane ticket if it isn't in the same city, maybe lunch too.

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