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Arlington, Metro to study bus stop's $1M price tag

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Metro is teaming up with Arlington County to review how a new bus stop on Columbia Pike came to cost $1 million.

The Washington Post  reports County Manager Barbara Donnellan is promising a full, independent review of the project and its costs before the next 23 new bus stops are built.

The bus stop's high cost was first revealed by local blog Arlnow.com and has drawn national attention.

The bus stop has an electronic monitor, heated flooring and a glass and steel design. The stop was designed to serve both buses and a future street car. Arlington designed the stop, while Metro built it.

County transportation officials say a typical bus shelter costs $10,000 to $20,000. So it's not clear how this one came to cost so much.

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