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    Rate hikes for Dulles Toll Road approved

    Rates along the Dulles Toll Road will jump from $1.50 to $1.75 at the main plaza and from 75 cents to $1 on the ramps beginning January 2013 following final approval Wednesday from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA)  Board of Directors.

    Additionally, the the main plaza rate will jump to $2.50 beginning in 2014.

    To abide by the Silver Line construction contract, the airports authority must use revenues from the toll road to fund a share of the Silver Line extension, officially called the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

    Board chairman Micahel Curto said the decision came “after careful consideration of public input received at the three recently held toll rate hearings, the public comments received on-line and the recommendation of the Dulles Corridor Advisory Committee.”

    The Dulles Corridor Advisory Committee, a group including officials from the Commonwealth of Virginia, local governments in Northern Virginia and MWAA, reviewed and recommended the rates adopted by the board, according to MWAA officials.

    “Since the 2015 toll adjustments are largely tied to Phase 2 of the Silver Line construction, and since the cost and funding of that project remains in a dynamic state, the board decided to forego any 2015 toll increases at this time,” Curto said.

    The 2013 and 2014 toll adjustments are primarily necessary to help pay for Phase One Silver Line construction costs, the board chairman continued.

    Phase Two of the Silver Line extension, commonly called rail to Dulles, will run from Wiehle Avenue in Reston to the Dulles Airport and into Ashburn.


    -Trevor Baratko

    Comments

    MWAA was whacked on the hand before for not having rules/processes in place and what did they do??? Nothing. So, I don’t see this corrupt board changing anything at MWAA. Rumor has it nice raises, bonuses and even a Christmas party in the works for this hardly working group….


    “To abide by the Silver Line construction contract, the airports authority must use revenues from the toll road to fund a share of the Silver Line extension, officially called the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.”

    So when the Silver Line is complete, tolls will go back to fifty cents for the main plaza and a quarter for the ramps?


    Virginia is going to take the DTR back and complete Phase 1.  There will then be all kinds of fighting over who will pay for Phase 2 and we will get gridlock…and no Metro anytime soon.


    MWAA is a total embarrassment. One USDOT IG investigation complete, another (Dulles Rail-specific) in progress, and an FBI investigation in-progress too… Yet they continue to raise tolls on DTR commuters for a project few of us will use.

    Virginia must take our toll road back from MWAA and put an end to this corruption and abuse. Sign the petition at www.noTOLLincrease.org. There are better ways to solve our transportation problems!


    Nah, it just means they aren’t sure how badly the budget will be blown by 2014, so they wouldn’t want to set a 2015 rate that doesn’t adequately pay for the cost overruns.


    Did you read that?

    “Since the 2015 toll adjustments are largely tied to Phase 2 of the Silver Line construction, and since the cost and funding of that project remains in a dynamic state, the board decided to forego any 2015 toll increases at this time,” Curto said. “

    Meaning: You can kiss Phase 2 of Metro to Ashburn goodbye.  It’s not happening.

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