ALEXANDRIA, Va. — If Arlington County officials’ plan to build a system of 24 bus stops costing $1 million per stop made your blood boil, simmer down.

They’ll now only cost half a million each on average — or, almost the median value of a house in the county.

After public outcry compelled a yearlong reconsideration and redesign of the Columbia Pike Transit Stations Project’s “Super Stops,” Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan proudly announced this week in a news conference that the county has managed to ratchet down those costs by 40 percent.