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SuperStop featured in Sen. Coburn's "Wastebook 2013"
  • hbar December 17, 2013 - 4:23 pm #95735 Reply

    Arlington is even more (in)famous than before! Our own SuperStop is featured in Senator Coburn’s “Wastebook 2013″ (see page 32).

    http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=d204730e-4a24-4711-b1db-99bb6c29d4b6

    Way to go, Arlington County Board. I’m so proud of how you spend our money and make us proud. I can’t wait for the luxury pool.

    vibrancy December 17, 2013 - 5:23 pm #95739 Reply

    It’s shocking to me that anyone would vote to re-elect Board members who supported and/or oversaw the SuperStop project.  It’s case in point for just how out of touch the Board is when it comes to taxing and spending.

    esmith69 December 18, 2013 - 9:52 am #95755 Reply

    It’s shocking to me that anyone would vote to re-elect Board members who supported and/or oversaw the SuperStop project

    But wasn’t the SuperStop project managed by WMATA?

    Dezlboy December 18, 2013 - 11:20 am #95769 Reply

    Arlingtonians love to complain about the cost of the “$M Stop”, but, it didn’t cost them $1M.    But, it did cost tax dollars, but no one complains about other such projects……

    Wash Post 26 June 2013: The county had previously said $575,000 of the “super stop” price was for construction and fabrication, while $440,000 was the cost of management and inspections. Arlington designed the stop, which was built to serve both buses and a future streetcar, while WMATA built it.

    NY Daily News 6 Apr 2013: Some $800,000 of the money came from federal and state tax dollars via grants

    Is there a time limit on complaining about the Stop?  Say 31 Dec 2014?

    vibrancy December 20, 2013 - 10:03 am #95950 Reply

    @esmith, Arl Co certainly had a hand in this.  See, e.g., http://www.columbiapikeva.us/super-stops/ for more info.  Hence why Arl Co has commissioned a review of the costs that went into the Superstop.

     

    @Dezl, even assuming that a majority of the money came from Fed/state funding, the question remains whether those funds were available to Arl Co to allocate to other, more cost-effective projects.  I suspect the funds were.  Again, the larger point here is the wasteful spending by Arl Co.  Some people are outraged/concerned about Arl Co.’s spending of their tax dollars.  I understand that you might not think it’s a big deal or that there really isn’t an issue of “wasteful spending” by Arl Co, but others do.

    Dezlboy December 20, 2013 - 11:08 am #95953 Reply

    vibrancy, I may have misrepresented my thoughts.  The superstop was an expensive bust, no doubt about it.  Heck I use this stop almost everyday. It sucks!  As  you pointed out the County has admitted as much and gone back to the drawing board. The Board also has to change the approval process or the “checks and balances” for such large expenditures, if it expects to stay in office.

    I’m just tired of hearing about this snafu over and over and over again. Would rather save it for the discussion during the special election debates and everyday thereafter until (and after) the fall election.  :-)

    barticus December 20, 2013 - 12:08 pm #95958 Reply

    @Vibrancy: Great point.

    @Dezlboy: My concern isn’t so much the $1M foolishly spent on a bus stop as much as the greater lesson to be learned.  Have our leaders learned to consider the value of things before agreeing to purchase them?  Or have they only learned that $1M is too much for a bus stop?

    I hope it’s the former and not the latter, but harbor doubt.  This embarrassing episode was downplayed as an aberration (along with the 24 also ordered with a mere 10% savings per bus stop).  To be convinced the county government gets it, they need to show me they get it, not just tell me.  Talk is cheap.

    vibrancy December 20, 2013 - 12:27 pm #95959 Reply

    Dezl, understood, I think people will be harping about the Superstop for quite some time, for better or worse.

     

    Bart, I agree.  For example, the board has commissioned a study regarding what went wrong with the Superstop.  I really hope that study includes a review of how this monstrosity went “under the radar” of the board members.

    Quoth the Raven December 20, 2013 - 1:40 pm #95965 Reply

    Don’t worry - as soon as the inevitable cost overruns on the pool become public, everyone will forget about the bus stop!

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