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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 12/31/2010

Dulles Toll Road rates to rise Sat.

By Michael D. Bolden

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Toll rates at the main plaza on the Dulles Toll Road are scheduled to increase by 25 cents on Saturday.

The decision to increase the tolls was made last fall following public hearings conducted by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the road and has pledged the revenue toward the expansion of Metrorail from East Falls Church to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County. The authority enacted a three-year schedule of increases with the first beginning Jan. 1, 2010. The tolls will increase 25 cents on Jan. 1, 2011, and again by 25 cents on Jan. 1, 2012.

The new rates at the main toll plaza beginning next month are:
-- Two axles: $1.25
-- Three axles: $1.50
-- Four axles: $1.75
-- Five axles: $2
-- Six axles or more: $2.25

The rates for the on- and off-ramps are not scheduled to change.

The airports authority assumed a 50-year responsibility to operate and maintain the toll road in 2009.

The first phase of the Metrorail extension, pegged at $2.75 billion and extending to Wiehle Avenue in Reston, is scheduled to open in 2013. The second phase, the cost of which has been estimated as high as $4 billion depending on the location of a station at Dulles International Airport, is scheduled to open in 2016.

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By Michael D. Bolden  | December 31, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Metro, Northern Virginia, Silver Line  
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Comments

Just what northern virginian's want in the new year, another tax/fee that should have gone away years ago. When will Northern va learn that we don't need Richmond, they need our tax money and we get very little of in return. Time to think about succeeding from this backward thinking clusterfu*k of a state. Most people driving the toll road will never even use the Dulles Metro, if it ever gets done. We were told the toll road was temporary and would go away once paid for, well, it's been paid for many times over.

Posted by: larry40 | December 29, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

larry40, while I agree with you on most levels -- this tax isn't coming from Richmond.

The MWAA (Airport Authority) now owns the road and they are the ones who are taxing it -- to pay for the Silver Line.

Posted by: yell53 | December 29, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I'll be avoiding the Dulles toll road. It costs too much already and isn't worth the extra expense.

Posted by: cbyebyefraser | December 29, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"...the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the road and has pledged the revenue toward the expansion of Metrorail from East Falls Church to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County." Can I see a show of hands: how many believe all of the funds will go toward expanding Metro?

Posted by: digiphase | December 29, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

It would not matter if all the funds went to expanding Metro, the tolls should be used only to benefit the users of the toll road. That would mean maintenance and expansion of existed capacity.

Adding a subway link to the airport doesn't serve toll road users. And there is no requirement to add a rail connection when customized luxury buses could make the trip for so much less. Rail has zero advantages over customized bus service.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 29, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The already free road to airport is going to be augmented with a Metro line, all paid for by toll road users?

Then there is Virginia's short-sighted sale of Greenway to foreign company that has jacked up rates to astronomical levels.

And the final insult, WMAA police (often 3-4 patrol cars at a time) conducting road side revenue that also constricts rush-hour traffic to <30 mph.

So remind exactly what benefit I'm paying for ???

Posted by: gostate | January 3, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

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