The Dulles Toll Road will soon become part of the
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, officials said this week.
State officials in Virginia will begin handing over control
of the 14-mile toll road to the Washington, DC-area authority on or before Dec.
29, according to the Washington Post.
The process will take months to pan out.
The authority intends to use toll revenue to complete
several phases of a $4 billion rail extension to the Dulles International
Officials are awaiting the results of a $3.5 million study
to show the viability of putting the rail extension underground. That proposal
has drawn opposition.
Toll revenue from the Dulles Toll Road used to go into the
state's general fund, but in the future, the revenue will remain in the
corridor, officials told the Post.
Tolls were increased by 25 cents in May 2006, and another
25-cent increase is proposed for 2010.
The proposed rail extension won't be complete until about
The Dulles Toll Road - not to be confused with the Dulles
Greenway, which is also a toll road - is an eight-lane connector linking
Washington, DC, traffic with the airport via the Greenway and the Capital Beltway.