MWAA: Tolls Will Rise, But By How Much?

Group will get public feedback at upcoming meetings, but still has to pay for Silver Line Phase 2.

Metropolitan Washington Airport Authorities officials say they will hold a series of public meetings this fall to discuss increases on the Dulles Toll Road.

MWAA officials said at a meeting on Wednesday that tolls are going to rise - the unknown is by how much.

"I don't want to mislead anyone. Tolls have to go up," Andrew Rountree, MWAA's chief financial officer, told The Washington Post. "There's a minimum level of toll increase that really has to occur in order for the board to meet its responsibilities."

Dates for the meeting have not been set.

Tolls are already slated to rise 50 cents Jan. 1, 2013, and some projections say the cost of driving from the Capital Beltway to Dulles International Airport could double from the current one-way toll of $2.25.

The increases are necessary to help fund Metrorail's Silver Line Phase 2. Phase 2 of the Silver Line, which will run from Reston's Wiehle Avenue to Dulles and into Loudoun County, was recently given the greenlight by Loudoun County's Board of Supervisors. Unlike the first phase, which will end at Wiehle and will be operational by late 2013, Phase 2 is receiving no federal money.

Meanwhile, advocacy group

The group, a division of the Reston Citizens Association, says a one-way trip could cost $20 in 2050 — and divert nearly 100,000 cars off the toll road and onto area streets.

Bob Bruhns July 26, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Media reports of the IG report of May 15, 2012 were a continuation of their earlier cover up, because the only thing they reported about the March 2012 audit was that the very initial findings of the IG were that the toll road forecasts appeared to be 'in order'. The media reports never mention or hint that there even IS a study of financial risks going on, even though that is a primary part of the audit that began in March 2012. The IG had no report on that yet, which is understandable given that the audit is just beginning. But the news media cover-up continues, despite the shocking May 15, 2012 IG preliminary report. As for the board, a clean sweep is what is needed. Any member who was on that board and said nothing about the misconduct, or who spent an indefensible amount of money on travel, or who held inappropriate closed door meetings, etc, needs to go. The existing board is too tainted to be in charge of this project. We do not want or need such a dubious board handling all of these contract assignments, particularly on a job of this magnitude, and especially with the excessive prices that this board has indicated will be considered normal.
Kathi Robinson July 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM
You failed to note that because of the Silver Line, FXCO Zoning has increased Reston's density from 68,000 to 150,000. And you think there will be LESS single-car transportation and LESS air pollution? LESS urban sprawl? What are you smoking??
The BSD Guy July 29, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Kathi Robinson: You're saying that just because the area has been rezoned to a higher density, it will magically fill up? Is that your "logic?" Rail to Dulles was stupid enough, but trying to turn Reston into an ultra-high density city is even dumber. All one need do is look at the SHRINE TO OVERDEVELOPMENT at the intersection of Hunter Mill, the tool road, and Sunset Hills. That building has been empty, with ZERO (let me repeat that....ZERO) tenants. The office park beside it is 50% full if lucky. Drive down Sunrise Valley and enter each of the "sub divisions" of office parks - One sparsely filled office after another. One must by utterly blind to miss it. If you really like being alone, go to the end of Sunrise Valley and observe the utter masses of empty or sparsely filled buildings. Just because the county rezoned this area to be ultra high density doesn't mean people want to live here. I suspect the tax handout to upper middle income people to move into Tysons is because it's an overdeveloped eyesore with non-stop congestion, and NO ONE wants to live there - paying people to move there is the only way they could get people to actually move in .... and of course to help prop up the county's faltering very, very, special interest - the developers. I'm not sure how blind one needs to be to miss this.
Pete August 24, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Accountability is one of the keys to solving this problem, and MWAA doesn't have it now
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