No more 'million dollar bus stops' in Arlington, Va.

Posted on May 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. — The 23 successors to Columbia Pike’s “$1 million bus stop” will cost 40% less when they are built, Arlington County officials said Tuesday, after a year-long review and redesign of the bus-and-streetcar shelters, The Washington Post reported.

The County Manager launched a comprehensive review of the project last year after declaring that the Walter Reed station, formerly called a “Super Stop,” had cost too much and taken too long to build and had some functional problems, including poor weather protection.

County officials announced plans to substantially reduce the cost of new transit stations along Columbia Pike and improve their functionality. The new station design will cost significantly less to build and maintain than the prototype at Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed Drive, which opened in March 2013. The total project cost, for 23 stations, has been reduced 40 percent, from $20.9 million to $12.4 million.

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