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A plan to boost rates on the Dulles Toll Road is expected to move forward Wednesday despite widespread opposition from commuters.

Members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board will act at committee meetings Wednesday on a staff recommendation that backs raising toll rates. The full board is expected to take up the increases Nov. 4. If approved, they could go into effect in January.

The plan would boost tolls from 75 cents to $1.50 at the main gate and from 50 to 75 cents at ramps by 2012. The airports authority is using toll revenue from the highway, along with federal money and taxes from special districts, to finance the $5 billion project to extend Metro service to Dulles International Airport . The authority is managing construction of the project.

Read more about the rate increase.

By Jodi Westrick  |  October 21, 2009; 6:32 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Toll booths are the absolutely worst way to raise tax dollars but this is the only result that would be worth it. Although Metro is so unreliable, I don't know...

Posted by: kls1 | October 21, 2009 11:41 PM

In general - our Metro System is "The Subsidized Government Employee Rail Road" Many if not most get extra money to ride to work to keep the cars off the road. Oh yes many who get that do not have cars. So you are going to tax the people who drive from their home to work in DC using the toll road so that you can build a Metro Line to Dulles
so tha Government Employees can ride to and from the airport with the money the get to ride to work. My plan would be to move congress back to their home districts and have them work from home. Just having them out of town would free up enough money to build a great metro line to Dulles

Posted by: jimgoff | October 22, 2009 2:48 AM

Politicians all promised the tolls would go away once the road was paid for. Hey they lied then too, so why believe them now?

Posted by: timscanlon | October 22, 2009 6:50 AM

It's easy for those who don't live near the toll road to say sure, turn the drivers upside down and shake them until all their money falls out. But the residents of Herndon, Reston, and vicinity have been punished for living there all these years. Paying through the nose every day. Enough is enough already. Metro rail is for the benefit of everyone in the DC area. Especially since Dulles is an international airport-- this is not just a local-access line. This will be used by everyone.

It's the height of injustice to place the burden on the backs of Herndon and Reston residents who will pay disproportionately. The burden ought to be distributed equally across the area served by Metro.

Posted by: MsJoanna | October 22, 2009 9:19 AM

Loudon county residents who work in Fairfax county have never paid their fair share for infastructure, so this toll increase is way overdue. Reston and Herndon residents who don't like it are welcome to use route 7.

Posted by: briffy | October 22, 2009 9:39 AM

Hey briffy,

What is a "fair" share for Loudon County residents?

Posted by: mike83631 | October 22, 2009 12:05 PM

I'd say the proposed toll increases plus a few bucks annually to WMATA would be a good start.

Posted by: briffy | October 22, 2009 12:48 PM

In theory I am for any expansion of Metro that MIGHT lead it away from a hub-and-spoke model and toward a model that supports suburb-to-suburb transportation. The Metro is woefully inadequate for nearly all Fairfax county residents, especially the large majority living between the orange and blue lines.

In terms of money, my daily commute on the toll road, even with the increases, is much lower than any rush hour fare from Vienna or Franconia-Springfield. Still, it doesn't seem right to single out users of the toll road for a project that will benefit the entire area. Just because I drive the toll road now doesn't necessarily make me more likely to be user of the extended metro lines.

But in the meantime, they should designate at least one lane at every entry/exit ramp on the toll road as EZPass only. There should be some temporary benefit to regular toll road drivers who would be shouldering the cost of the project.

Posted by: austindangerpowers | October 22, 2009 1:31 PM

I love when NOVA residents like Briffy jump on other NOVA residents with..." Loudoun county residents who work in Fairfax county have never paid their fair share for infastructure, so this toll increase is way overdue." and they think it has some level of credibility,

Yet when DC residents say the same about the 300K NOVA and MD residents who work in DC every day and don't pay at all for infrastructure, its "ridiculous" or "hogwash".

The Silver Line only benefits residents of Ffx and Loudoun, specifically those along the toll road. They should be the ones to foot the majority of the bill.

Sure, you'll have the occasional person coming and going downtown from Dulles airport, but considering the time it is going to take and the cheapness and easy availability to take shuttle buses to Dulles, I doubt it will be many.

Posted by: Nosh1 | October 22, 2009 2:16 PM

I don't understand why anyone pays the toll, unless you are in a hurry. On the rare occasion I need to go to Herndon, I drive the un-tolled direct route to the airport and go to local roads from there.

Posted by: jlm101514 | October 22, 2009 3:36 PM

So few Americans have travelled to real, civilized countries, they have no idea how far behind we are.

If you fly into the capital of any First World nation, you can take it for granted that there will be fast, efficient public transportation to take you downtown. Unless you are flying to America's capital city.

Has anyone even tried to take public transport to Dulles? It's a nightmare of once-an-hour buses going to obscure corners of the city's outskirts. It's a huge, national embarrassment when visitors to our country encounter this. And we have no idea how much better it can and should be.

So yeah, tax those carbon-emitting SUV drivers to build some real transport infrastructure. With several decades of intensive effort, we might catch up to where Europe is now.

Posted by: xckq | October 22, 2009 3:55 PM

Notice how the tolls never go away, and never go down? Get used to getting soaked cause that's all that's going to keep happening.

Posted by: timscanlon | October 23, 2009 3:09 AM

If they can't finance it from projected revenues for the Metro, what is it ever going to do but suck down money from everyone else? When the Metro opens are tolls going to go back down? Somehow I doubt that.

Posted by: timscanlon | October 23, 2009 3:11 AM

Those who believe the fare increase puts a burden of residents in the toll road area have blinders on. Please open your eyes, for metro will bring more business, more jobs, and higher land values to the toll road area.

Posted by: mnbvcx | October 23, 2009 5:48 AM

All you jackazzes who moved out to the boonies and are clogging the roads with your fat-azzed suvs, soccer mom vans and what not are going to pay pay pay through the nose for what you've done. Eff you SOBs. Take it and STFU.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | October 23, 2009 9:39 AM

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