County: Bus stops will now cost only $470K each

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — 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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