What Type of Bus Stop Does $1 Million Buy You?

Arlington County, Virginia has opened the new $1 million Columbia Pike bus stop to popular disbelief. The prototype station will eventually accommodate buses and streetcars.
March 26, 2013, 6am PDT | boramici
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"In the end, the new stop cost $575,000 for construction and fabrication and $440,000 for construction management and inspections...federal and state transportation money paid 80 percent of the costs," reports Patricia Sullivan on a new bus stop in Arlington, Virginia.

Designed to accommodate up to 15 people and two buses, the stop is a prototype for 23 subsequent stops that has come under severe criticism for its price tag. Officials and passengers have called it too flashy and a poor shelter from the elements.

Arlington's Transportation Director Dennis Leach has defended the project, comparing it to "high-capacity bus or rail stops."

Sixteen-thousand people use the transport route the stop is located on daily, and dense housing developments and a 4.5-mile streetcar route are planned alongside it for the next 20 years.

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Published on Sunday, March 24, 2013 in The Washington Post
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