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The $1 Million Dollar Bus Stop of Arlington, Virginia

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From Arlington Now:

new bus stop on Columbia Pike cost more than $1 million to build, according to a county spokeswoman.

The new prototype "Super Stop" at the corner of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive cost $575,000 for construction and fabrication and $440,000 for construction management and special inspections, according to Arlington County Department of Environmental Services spokeswoman Shannon Whalen McDaniel.

They got some Other People's Money, though, county residents, don't fret too much:

Of the $1 million cost, just over $200,000 was paid for by the county, with the rest coming from VDOT, Whalen McDaniel said.

Don't worry–future ones will cost less, they insist.

"Since this stop is the first of its kind, the cost is higher than your typical off-the-shelf bus shelter," she said. "The costs will be greatly reduced with future stops moving forward, as the construction costs for this prototype included a number of first time design and set-up costs."

"It's too early to provide a cost estimate for the future stops, but it will be much less," Whalen McDaniel said.

As a commenter in that Arlington Now story thread notes, this million-buck state of the art stop won't even keep those waiting for a bus dry in the rain.

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20 responses to “The $1 Million Dollar Bus Stop of Arlington, Virginia

  1. That thing cost a million? It’s near my favorite Turkish restaurant and the Ski Chalet, so I’ll have to drive by soon and look upon it with wonder.

    1. what restaurant?

  2. As a commenter in that Arlington Now story thread notes, this million-buck state of the art stop won’t even keep those waiting for a bus dry in the rain.

    Obviously, the people who designed this thing and idiots who approved it have never ridden a bus in Norther Virginia during the winter before.

    1. The federal government shuts down if there is a patch of ice on the ground. So all the overpaid government contractors can sit in their fancy Clarendon condos. Only the gross poor people will have to ride the bus on those days.

    2. It will keep you dry as long as the rain is coming down from behind the stop, or if it is falling straight down. If it’s coming from the front all the commuters have to do is get behind the stop and press tightly against the back to avoid the rain dripping off the 6 inch overhang. I just don’t see the problem.

  3. The Onion continues to see its niche contract.

  4. Our little town just spent a million for a bus stop. It has 4 steel awnings, where one would be enough and turnouts are paved with bricks which is silly because the buses are parked over them. Our town is so stupid when the economy turned south they raised their rates and then shut down their most profitable route. Then they wondered why they lost more money.

  5. seems reasonable

  6. That’s it?! I expected it to look like a clean Flying J at minimum.

    1. I know. I doesn’t even have a turnout. It has all the functionality of a curb, a sidewalk and a sign. I could do that in a weekend, by myself, for couple thousand.

  7. Where’s Howard Roark when you need him?

  8. That’s nothing! This thing cost almost $2 million over 10 year life, and couldn’t even hold up to the ocean weather conditions:

    http://www.vcstar.com/news/201…..n-bizarre/

  9. cost $575,000 for construction and fabrication and $440,000 for construction management and special inspections

    So that would be 575k for the guys who built it and only 440k for the guys who watched it being built? You got off cheap on that one.

    1. special inspections

      It’s nice Arlington included the mentally challenged in the project’s execution, though.

  10. As a commenter in that Arlington Now story thread notes, this million-buck state of the art stop won’t even keep those waiting for a bus dry in the rain.

    This, of course, reminds me of Deal of the Century:

    Haven’t you idiots ever heard of RAIN?

  11. Hey, at least they got an LCD screen which tells them how long they’ll be rained on until the bus comes.

    1. Until it shorts out, of course.

      Arlington County used to be kind of a neat place to live, but the yuppification over the last decade has turned it into an overpriced bore.

  12. My favorite news of the day =

    Lululemon recalls yoga pants that are too revealing

    Lululemon recalls yoga pants, says they are too sheer and will be in short supply for awhile

    Meanwhile, GILMORE has taken up yoga.

  13. I should have thought the most important feature for a bus stop along Columbia Pike would be bullet proof glass.

  14. Excuuuuse me, but why should the taxpayers of Central, Tidewater and Blueridge have to pay for a bus stop in Northern Virginia? Let that county/city pay for it with THEIR local taxpayers money!

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