DULLES, Va. (CBSDC) – The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has opened a public comment period about proposed toll rate increases along the Dulles Toll Road.
The tolls support operation of the Toll Road and construction of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project and Dulles Toll Road improvements.
Drivers can look forward to dramatic toll increases under the new rate proposal. With ramp toll presently set at $2.25 for 2-axle vehicles, it would increase according to this schedule:
• $2.75 in 2013
• $3.50 in 2014
• $4.50 in 2015
Informational exhibits, including an “On-Line Open House,” are now available here. Public comments may be submitted online or through the mail between now and September 16 at Dulles Toll Road Proposed Toll Rate Increases, 3900 Jermantown Road, Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22030, or in person at one of three upcoming public hearings along the Dulles corridor. The hearings will be conducted in an open house format at these locations, dates and times:
- Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Stone Bridge High School – Cafeteria
43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA 20147
- Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
South Lakes High School – Cafeteria
11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191
- Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Spring Hill Elementary School
8201 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA 22102
The hearings will include informational exhibits about the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, the cost and financing of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project and potential improvements that may be made to the Dulles Toll Road, and the cost of operating the Toll Road. Representatives from the Airports Authority will be present to discuss these items.
The Airports Authority is responsible for the construction of Metrorail through the Dulles Corridor. As part of this program, the Commonwealth of Virginia transferred the operation of the Dulles Toll Road to the Airports Authority in 2008 under a 50-year permit to operate and improve the Toll Road and to use the revenues from the tolls to help finance the rail construction and other improvements to the Toll Road and the Dulles Corridor.
For more information about the Dulles Rail Project and the Dulles Toll Road, just click here.