Arlington County: Bus Stops Will Cost Only $470,000 Each

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    Arlington County officials say they reduced costs by 40 percent on a plan to build almost 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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