|The 16L pulls up to the bus stop at Columbia Pike and Braddock Road.|
|The bus shelter is considered structurally unsound.|
FCDOT would then determine if it should be added to the list of bus stop improvements and whether it should be a priority. There are 75 bus stop projects on the list for 2016, but not all projects are bus shelters, Miller says. If there is a safety or security issue or a bus stop is heavily used, it could be given a higher priority.
The department has a “constrained budget for improvements,” he says, and FCDOT hasn’t determined how many of the projects on the list will be funded next year. A bus shelter costs about $15,000 to $20,000. That includes the concrete pad and shelter structure but not a berm or retaining wall if needed.
An email from another FCDOT staffer says, “the replacement of this bus shelter with a county and VDOT- approved model will take anywhere from four to six months due to the fact that the site has to be redesigned and permitted. Once that has occurred, a contractor must be hired to not only excavate the existing site but install the new shelter foundation.”
|The bus stop directly across Columbia Pike.|