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Dulles Toll Road Rates Rise Again Tuesday

As scheduled, tolls on the on/off ramps and at main plaza to rise by 25 cents.

The cost of driving on the Dulles Toll Road is about to rise again on Tuesday.

Beginning Jan. 1, the toll rate on the Dulles Toll Road will increase by 25 cents at the Main Toll Plaza to $1.75.  Toll rates on the on/off ramps will increase by 25 cents to $1.

These amounts but the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has deferred making a decision on tolls for 2015. There will be an additional increase in January 2014 to $2.50 at the main plaza.

The toll increases are necessary, in part, for the Airports Authority to operate and maintain the Dulles Toll Road and to construct the Metrorail Silver Line, which will begin operating in Dec. 2104.

While Phase 1 of the Silver Line is being built with $900 million in federal dollars, Phase 2 is relying on a large amount from MWAA and local governments to get the $3.2-billion extension built.

Phase 2 will run from Reston's Wiehle Avenue to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County.

The two-year schedule for new toll rates was approved by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors in November after conducting several public hearings.  

Under its agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Airports Authority assumed the responsibility to operate and maintain the Dulles Toll Road for a 50-year period beginning in November 2008.

NEW TOLL RATES 

Vehicle Type

At the Main Toll Plaza

(reflects 25¢ increase)

At the On/Off Ramps

(reflects 25¢ increase)

2 Axles

             $1.75

              $1.00

3 Axles

             $3.50

              $2.00

4 Axles

             $4.50

              $2.50

5 Axles

             $5.25

              $3.00

6 or More Axles
(Maximum Toll)

             $6.25

              $3.50

For more information click here.

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Bob Bruhns December 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
MWAA says that the Dulles Toll Road tolls can not be estimated after 2014 - but here is the DTR toll plan as it stands, for two-axle vehicles like passenger cars, one-way. (For bigger vehicles like 18-wheel trucks, the tolls are much higher.) (2012 $2.25) Jan. 2013 $2.75 Jan. 2014 $3.50 Jan. 2015 $4.50 Jan. 2018 $6.75 Jan. 2023 $8.75 Jan. 2028 $10.75 Jan. 2033 $12.75 Jan. 2038 $14.75 Jan. 2043 $16.75 Jan. 2048 $18.75 All of this, is for a multi-Billion dollar Metrorail extension that costs two times what it should cost. Do a web search on ' The excessive pricing of the Dulles Rail - Silver Line Metrorail project ', and you can read about the double price in the whole Dulles Rail / Silver Line project. If a double price seems impossible to you, do a web search on ' MWAA's Weak Policies and Procedures Have Led to Questionable Procurement Practices, Mismanagement, and a Lack of Overall Accountability ', and you can read about "Contractor A" in the US DOT Inspector General's audit of MWAA, where MWAA was FUNNELING contracts to the mysterious "Contractor A" at 1.3 to 3.3 times what other contractors charged for the same work. That's not a typo - 1.3 to 3.3 times what other contractors charged for the same work! It's on Page 14 of the report (page 15 of the pdf). Enough. People need to contact their elected 'leaders', and demand that they call out the Dulles Rail / Silver Line cost estimators, and have them explain their sky-high estimates. NOW.
S - Herndon December 27, 2012 at 07:38 PM
The toll road was built for folks in Reston and Herndon who had no interstate. The tolls were to pay for our road and be removed once the cost was recovered, that was over 20 years ago. It is our only way in and out of the area. Right now it costs me $120 a month to sit in traffic, then there is gas and $115 in parking fees. Now it cost more, that's not right. We voted a long time ago to pay for the road that we needed but not to pay for it forever nor to personally fund ever other project. I want to see where the money that has been fleeced from the Reston and Herndon residents over the last 20+ years has gone.
Douglas Manuel December 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM
So the toll road fee keeps going up to fund the Metro, does that mean the Metro (once in operation) will raise fees to fund the toll road? I doubt that ridership to/from the airport, on the Metro, will ever be at the level projected. Metro rates are not exactly a enticing, especially if one has to pay to park in a Metro lot. As long as the Dulles access road is free, Metro usage to/from the airport will be stifled. After seeing the video last night, of the gang of punks, grabbing iPhones & iPods away from passengers on the Metro, I cannot help but wonder if luggage toting travelers are next. By the way, if the rates keep going up, can we at least have one dedicated 'Ez Pass' only lane at each entrance & exit? In never ceases to amaze me of the number of folks who do not have the change ready when they pull up to the machine. Meanwhile the expeditious Ez Pass lane comes to a standstill as they seem to ponder the reality of having to pay a toll ( just like yesterday ).
David A. LaRock December 28, 2012 at 01:11 PM
People are being treated like cash cows so go to NO TOLL INCREASE.org and sign the petition. http://notollincrease.blogspot.com/p/sign-petition.html You WILL be paying $6.75 ONE WAY TO TYSONS, 3 times today's toll, by 2018. No way should WE, DTR users, be paying for 75% of the Silver Line, Phase 2 costs and over 54% of the entire project costs from W. Falls Church to Dulles. This is leadership failure! There are much fairer ways to fund this. Solution: Tolling the Airport Access Road Read more here: http://notollincrease.blogspot.com/2012/12/solution-tolling-airport-access-rd.html
Dave Webster December 28, 2012 at 06:30 PM
With the financial structure of Phase 2 there is no way around toll increases. There are only two questions now: (1) How high will the tolls go? (2) How many drivers are going to divert off the Dulles Toll Road and take Elden Street/Baron Cameron Avenue as an alternative route? Presumably some of the people now using the Toll Road will use the Silver Line instead. My guess is the ridership numbers won't be high enough to put a significant dent in the traffic on the Toll Road.
Bob Bruhns December 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Why isn't anyone asking about the double price we are being handed for this rail project? Why are our so-called 'leaders' not calling out the cost estimators to explain their sky-high estimates? Everything I check is double priced in this rail project!
David A. LaRock December 30, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Solution: Tolling the Airport Access Road...read more here: http://notollincrease.blogspot.com/2012/12/solution-tolling-airport-access-rd.html

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