Dulles Toll Road Rates Rise Again Tuesday

As scheduled, tolls on the on/off ramps and at main plaza to rise by 25 cents.

The cost of driving on the Dulles Toll Road is about to rise again on Tuesday.

Beginning Jan. 1, the toll rate on the Dulles Toll Road will increase by 25 cents at the Main Toll Plaza to $1.75.  Toll rates on the on/off ramps will increase by 25 cents to $1.

These amounts but the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has deferred making a decision on tolls for 2015. There will be an additional increase in January 2014 to $2.50 at the main plaza.

The toll increases are necessary, in part, for the Airports Authority to operate and maintain the Dulles Toll Road and to construct the Metrorail Silver Line, which will begin operating in Dec. 2013.

While Phase 1 of the Silver Line is being built with $900 million in federal dollars, Phase 2 is relying on a large amount from MWAA and local governments to get the $3.2-billion extension built.

Phase 2 will run from Reston's Wiehle Avenue to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County.

The two-year schedule for new toll rates was approved by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors in November after conducting several public hearings.  

Under its agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Airports Authority assumed the responsibility to operate and maintain the Dulles Toll Road for a 50-year period beginning in November 2008.


New Toll Rates 

Vehicle Type

At the Main Toll Plaza

(reflects 25¢ increase)

At the On/Off Ramps

(reflects 25¢ increase)

2 Axles



3 Axles



4 Axles



5 Axles



6 or More Axles
(Maximum Toll)




For more information click here. 



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Bob Bruhns December 28, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Someone who might go from south Herndon to Falls Church or DC might not see a problem with the simpleminded "Take Metro" answer. But someone who (for example) wants to go from Reston to Dranesville District Park (around 495 and Georgetown Pike) will see the real picture, because now they'll have to pay Big Bucks, or take side roads - which will be jammed with a lot more cars and trucks than we are used to, because other drivers actually have to pay bills too. Hmm, I think I see trouble brewing here. BIG trouble.
Bob Bruhns December 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM
And when are people going to protest the double price of Dulles Rail / Silver Line project, that makes PAYING for it (and for the finance charges on the great big pile of money we need to borrow to pay for it) so incredibly difficult? People might want to do a web search on ' The excessive pricing of the Dulles Rail - Silver Line Metrorail project ' and read about it. And WMATA needs someone to look at their expensive construction pricing too, because extra rail traffic from the Silver Line is going to require either an expansion of the Rosslyn Tunnel, or another bridge around there, pretty soon. But of course first we'll be hearing about Metro's $13.1 billion in deferred maintenance and capital needs.
Bob Bruhns December 29, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Ken Plum can stop talking about a multi-Billion dollar, double-priced regional ripoff as though it is a child's Christmas present, and demand that the cost estimators for FTA and MWAA come out and justfy their sky-high cost estmates for the Dulles Rail / Silver Line job. MWAA is telling us that the Rt 28 rail station should cost more than two times what a more capable Metrorail station cost in posh, wealthy Fairfield, Connecticut - and their Metrorail station was completed just one year ago. MWAA is telling us that an above-ground parking garage should cost $34,015 per space, when it should cost more like $17,000 per space. Dulles Rail Phase II costs $245 Million to $257 Million per mile, including the Rt 28 station; it should cost more like half that much. And Phase I pricing is almost as bad. Does Ken Plum call the cost estimators and demand answers? No, he is too busy candy-coating this ripoff and pretending it's a Christmas present. One word: ridiculous. What is the matter with everybody? Call your elected leaders, and tell them to make the cost estimators explain their sky-high estimates in a public hearing before Congress! (MWAA can't be trusted to do do this; it is too busy figuring out whose friends and family are on the payroll over there.)
The BSD Guy December 29, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Rail to Dulles was a crack-pipe economic scheme dreamed up so developers and land owners could rape Northern Virginia just one more time before they took all their money and left town. THIS IS ALSO A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF CATHY HUDGINS WORKING AGAINST LOWER, MIDDLE, AND UPPER MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THE COFFERS OF THE BILLIONAIRE ELITE DEVELOPERS ARE FULLY LINED. Who do you think is going to pay these higher rates? Bob Simon? Boston Properties? Commercial developers? Land speculators? No, they got their millions and billions, so they're set. No it'll be an engineer going to work in Tysons, or a cleaning lady coming from Alexandria to work out here. It's a perfect example of reverse trickle down economics. A tiny percentage of self appointed groups of the entitled and the elite get their agent, Hudgins, to step all over everyone else, they rake in tons of money, and then the cost "trickle down" to everyone else. It would be more appropriate to use a word that starts with "P" and rhymes with "hiss" to describe what Hudgins and her beloved developers are doing to us, but this is a community site, thus I dare not. Note to Hudgins: Be sure and clarify this with your developer alliances, who will be more than happy, once again, to fit you with blinders and headphones and lead yoiu around by the nose feeding you only the "truths" they wish you to see - and then you can happily continue turning your back on everyone else to make sure they make a killing.
Jonathan Erickson January 04, 2013 at 02:19 PM
I think a 2.1% gas tax equal 17 million if you double it and it goes rto the MWAA in 2018/2019 that 34 million dollars there. 18 million dollars for maintenance and 14 million for operation costs plus the tolls talk about a cash cow this is a cash cow herd!


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