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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 Richard_FL on 4/7/2013 2:18:25 PM , Rating: 2
This is merely a microcosim of what is wrong with our country. WE ARE BROKE and yet someone feels this is a good expenditure of tax payers hard earned dollars!!

First the cost is absurd, but then on top of that to pay some firm almost the same cost as construction management fees is an even bigger travesty.

I agree with others, that anyone that had anything to do with this folly should be canned, including the design firm, the construction managers, and the idiots that conceived and approved this waste of tax dollars.

That is just the creep of the out of control spending that is all too prevelant in our Federal Government and it has just become status quo. Sad, sad, sad..........would love to hear the justification press release for this nonsense!!

Seems to have spilled over the Potomac and is spreading like wildfire through the country. What do they not understand about having no money. Just drive around the country and see the waste that is made of our tax dollars every day of the world.

A classic example is the new sound barrier being constructed along I-20 east of Atlanta..........not only is it a waste of money they don't have, but the ugliest sound barrier known to man, unless then the one in Raleigh, NC beats it out.

I don't need to know how long it will take me to drive the next 5 miles of my journey or how fast the traffic is moving, these new informational systems along the highways are another good example of waste, brought to us by our local bureaucrats that don't have a clue as to how things work in a BROKEN economy..........NOT A CLUE!!!

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