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‘Million Dollar Bus Stop’ Riders Find It Nice, But Not Worth Price

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With its million dollar price tag, commuters using a new bus stop in Arlington feel like they're waiting in the lap of luxury. But the hefty cost of the futuristic commuter hub has many crying foul and wondering how officials could green light such a large expense on a single location. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

With its million dollar price tag, commuters using a new bus stop in Arlington feel like they’re waiting in the lap of luxury. But the hefty cost of the futuristic commuter hub has many crying foul and wondering how officials could green light such a large expense on a single location. (credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC) — With its million dollar price tag, commuters using a new bus stop in Arlington feel as though they’re waiting to catch a ride in the lap of luxury.

And certainly the sleek Italian stainless steel design of the stop, located near Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive, does little to change their opinion.

The hefty cost of the futuristic commuter hub has others crying foul and wondering how officials could green light such a large expense on a single location.

“It’s nice to have this electronic signboard, (but) I’m sure those things aren’t cheap,” one bus rider told WNEW’s Kevin Patrick.

Another rider says the bus stop is ‘like a trophy wife, aesthetically pleasing but not worth it.’

The outcry now has the project under review by Arlington County officials who have halted plans to build future ‘Super Stops.’

“This project took longer and cost more than it should have,” said Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan. “We have an obligation to the taxpayers of Arlington, the Commonwealth and the nation to ensure that our infrastructure projects are delivered in a timely, cost-effective manner. We will do better.”

Aside from the cost, the stop is drawing complaints that the seats get wet when it rains because it doesn’t have walls.

Want a peek at the million dollar stop? Check out these photos.


WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.
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