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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 getmikey on 4/7/2013 3:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
OK. They've blown way too much money on this. But there is a definite way to save the day.

What they need to do is, ensure that there is at least two spots for the large (at least 27x54, maybe even larger) movie posters to be inserted in a highly visible spot. And then contact movie studios and other businesses and offer the spaces for advertising.

Chances are, they could likely recoup the money spent if they worked at this hard enough. And since seeking advertisers requires WORK, they can create jobs in the process!

Oh, and one more thing. All that glass, yet no solar panels to provide cell phone charging stations? Why not? And if they were smart, they'd figure out a way to charge small amounts of money for the access, perhaps a coin-operated charging station might cover the rest of the money spent.

They've messed up pretty badly. But instead of just being shocked and complaining about how bad this is (it IS bad, make no mistake), let's pull together and figure out ways to get these things to put some money bank into the system from which they've wasted it.

Why can't government's projects provide a profit TO THE GOVERNMENT for a change???




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