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.