Virginia Builds $1 Million “Super” Bus Stop
April 4, 2013 10:09 PM
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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.”
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4/7/2013 2:01:24 PM
BUT: They're not spending their money on it. They're getting the feds to finance 80% of it, and the new state wide transportation tax hikes to finance much of the rest. AND: all of it will do very little to relieve the traffic problem in NoVA.
One of the best traffic mitigation plans to come along was expanding the lanes on I-95 south down through Stafford. From Springfield to Fredricksburg has become one the biggest bottlenecks on the whole Mid-Atlantic corridor.
Who do you think has been opposing this measure, putting up committee roadblocks left and right, seeking to steer these monies to their pet "Smart Growth" projects such as their damn streetcar line? Who, but Arlington County?
4/8/2013 9:57:43 AM
Are you crazy?
The fact that DC area is rated top 10 worst traffic in the nation every single year for decades should already tell you you're wrong. I still have not seen Fredericksburg in there. In fact DC has won #1 worst traffic more than any other city in the nation.
Traffic From Springfield to Fredericksburg is heaven compared to traffic in Arlington and its surrounding cities.
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