From the people who brought Arlington County the $1 million bus stop comes a series of 23 planned “transit stations” that to be built along Columbia Pike, the busiest bus corridor in Virginia.
The county took tremendous flack from budget-conscious residents in 2014 when it unveiled an artsy $1 million stainless-steel bus stop at the corner of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive featuring a display with real-time updates of expected bus arrivals. The seven-figure price tag attracted nationwide scorn and put the Arlington County Board of Supervisors on the defensive when it announced plans for additional similar stops along the Pike.
The new ones, which the county will phase in from 2018 through 2021, will cost $500,000. Happily for bus-riders, the roofs will be flatter—less like a casino awning, more like the flat roof of a shed—to provide better shelter from rain and snow.
What’s the difference between a bus stop and “transit station?” The county explains via news release: “Compared to a typical bus stop, transit stations are designed to shelter more passengers and include real-time transit information displays, a higher curb for easier vehicle boarding, lighting for safety, and seating.”
More here in this WaPost story.