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Arlington County Says Bus Stops Will Now Cost Only $470K Each

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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. — Arlington County officials say they have reduced costs by 40 percent on a plan to build nearly two dozen bus stops, following public outcry when the prototype stop cost more than $1 million.

At a news conference Tuesday, County Manager Barbara Donnellan said the county now expects the project to cost $12.4 million, rather than an earlier estimate of $20.9 million.

That still works out to $469,000 for each standard-size bus stop and $362,000 for each smaller bus stop in the project, which is supposed to help revitalize the county’s Columbia Pike corridor.

The prototype $1 million “super stop” prompted outrage last year from taxpayers and commuters who noted that the sweeping design failed to even protect users from the wind and the rain.

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