A new agreement between local government and the U.S. Transportation Department means that drivers may not face the dire fare hike once forecasted for the Dulles Toll Road.
The Washington Examiner reports that tolls for traveling back and forth on the toll road (a round-trip) are now forecast to reach $8 by 2019, much less than the $21.50 projected earlier.
Tolls will increase in order to pay for the Dulles Metrorail project that will establish a new Metro link into northern Virginia. The cost of developing the parking garages and rail stations in the project's second phase have been revised down, accounting for the toll savings.
The Examiner reports:
But officials warned that it's difficult to accurately predict tolls 10 years out. The current projections are from a 2009 study and a new study will have to be done, officials said.
"Anything that helps the tolls we are in favor of," airports authority Chairman Charles Snelling said. "Exactly what the impact is is going to be computed."
The new funding deal with the Department of Transportation needs to get voted on by county boards before it becomes a done deal.