Toll Road Rates To Triple in Next Few Years?

MWAA officials project rising costs in order to pay for Phase 2.

The Metropolitan Airports Authority's new projections show that one-way rates on the Dulles Toll Road could triple to $6.75 by 2018 to bring in the necessary funds to pay for Phase 2 of the Metro's Silver Line.

The projections were released Wednesday at a MWAA board meeting. MWAA operates Dulles and Reagan airports as well as the toll road and is overseeing construction of Metro’s Silver Line expansion.

The projections are in line with those made several years ago. There is already a 25-cent rise - the third in three years - scheduled for Jan. 1, 2013.

The current rate of $2.25 might need to double next year, though officials say they could use $150 million in pledged funding from Virginia to stagger those increases over three years.

The price tage for Phase 2 - which will run from Wiehle Avenue to Dulles and into Loudoun County - is expected to be around $2.8 billion.

For more, read this article on WTOP.com. To see MWAA's entire report, click here.

Terry Maynard February 16, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Just noticed in the MWAA presentation that it projects a 25% decline in "transactions" in the next six years during which tolls triple. (See p. 6, from 99.9MM to 75.1MM transactions per year.) With a 2010 141K eastbound and 148K westbound average annual workday traffic between Reston Pkwy & Wiehle. . . ...just how are those 38K workday vehicles going to get where they need to go???? Think Rt. 7, Baron Cameron/Elden, Sunset Hills, Sunrise Valley Dr., (recently constrained) Lawyers/West Ox Rd., and maybe even Rt. 50. It will not be pretty.
Uncle Smartypants February 16, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Maybe those 38K people will take the subway.
Terry Maynard February 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Could be, Uncle, but first they will have to help build it. And, heck, that could save us a buck or two on the financing. If Phase 2 stays on schedule, it will be completed in December 2016. More seriously, the Metrorail is forecast to handle about 10K-15K new public transit persons per day. The balance of Metro riders are moving from bus to rail, so they accounted for very little DTR traffic anyway. Also, in theory, there should be some population and employment gains here in the Dulles Corridor over the next 6 years, at least that is forecast. Those people will be on our roads, whether DTR or otherwise, and I didn't try to figure out how that was going to work out. I will later though.
Bob Bruhns March 19, 2012 at 04:46 PM
3:54 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012 "Maybe those 38K people will take the subway." Subway? What subway? Except for about a half-mile of tunnel in Tysons Corner, the other 22.5 miles of Dulles Rail is all above ground. Those of us who live here, know that.
Uncle Smartypants March 19, 2012 at 06:33 PM
My apologies, Bob, I should have wrote "metro". Ironically enough, I've lived in Fairfax County or Arlington since before the metro opened, and all but a few of those years within walking distance of an above-ground station. I never meant to imply by my flagrant misuse of the word subway that the Silver Line was anything but an above-ground rail, except for that half mile in Tyson's Corner that you kindly mentioned. Thank you for bringing this to my attention - mea culpa.


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