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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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I can save them millions
By spamreader1 on 4/8/2013 12:36:14 PM , Rating: 2
My company will build them 2 long wooden benches that hold 8 people each at a cost $500.00 each. yes that's right folks only $1000 to seat 16 people. Right next to the bus stop we recommend having an umbrella salesman in case of rain.




RE: I can save them millions
By BRB29 on 4/8/2013 1:44:33 PM , Rating: 2
what? did you even read the article?
they designed and built a bus stop. They didn't just put benches there.
Just that small patch of land in Arlington is probably worth over 300k itself.

Paying for architects, custom fabrications, traffic holds, HE, engineers, electricians, construction workers, etc...
they even have to build a patch of road to the side so the bus can stop there without blocking traffic. All of this in a busy city almost comparable to NYC is expensive. Not to mention it has a higher avg income than most parts of NY


RE: I can save them millions
By spamreader1 on 4/8/2013 4:51:54 PM , Rating: 2
Sarcasm meter missing today eh?


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