Dulles toll increase would pay for mass transit

| 8/24/2009

The public authority that controls the Dulles Toll Road has proposed raising tolls on cars and trucks to help pay for a mass transit project serving the Washington Dulles International Airport.

The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority unveiled its proposal in June. It calls for $2.77 billion in revenue from a toll increase to pay for more than half of the $5.26 billion Metrorail Project. Other Metrorail funds would come from regional sources and the federal government.

If approved by the airport board of directors, the first toll increase would take effect Jan. 1, 2010.

The MWAA announced three public hearings and a public comment period.

The public hearings are scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. as follows:

  • Monday, Aug. 24, Ashburn Elementary School, 44062 Fincastle Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147;
  • Thursday, Sept. 3, McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean, VA 22101; and
  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191.

The public comment period ends Sept. 14. Click here to send a written comment via an online form.

A five-axle truck currently pays $1.75 at the main toll plaza and $1.50 at access ramps.

According to the MWAA, tolls would increase by 25 cents in each of the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The board will consider public comments and vote on the final plan in November. Click here to read more about the proposal.

The Dulles Toll Road is not to be confused with the privately operated Dulles Greenway, although the two roads are connected.

– By David Tanner, staff writer