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$1M Bus Stop Makes Government Waste Top 10 List

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A 1 million dollar bus stop build in Arlington, Virginia has made the Heritage Foundation's Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013. It's hard to imagine that a bus stop could cost a fortune. A 1 million dollar bus stop built in Arlington, Virginia has made the Heritage Foundation's Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013. Coming in at #9, the public transportation shelter was part of the city's plan to build a couple dozen luxurious waiting areas for bus passengers. They were all to have heated pavement, stainless steel canopies, and etched glass walls. Of the million dollars spent on the one stop that was completed before the project was sidelined, a little under 600 thousand went to materials and labor. The remainder was racked up in construction management and inspection fees. Many individuals who've seen or experienced the 7-figure structure have noted that it doesn't really provide what it promised -- shelter from the elements. A County Board member said, "pretty, but I was struck by the fact that if it's pouring rain, I'm going to get wet, and if it's cold, the wind is going to be blowing on me. It doesn't seem to be a shelter. It doesn't really shelter you very much . . . you can get pretty soaked in two minutes." The fate of the remaining 23 planned stops remains undetermined.