Rates on Dulles Toll Road to Rise; Officials Cite Silver Line as the Reason

Officials: Tolls only way to finance rail line to Dulles if state and federal government can't contribute

Monday, Dec 24, 2012  |  Updated 9:03 AM EDT
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The cost of a one-way trip on the Dulles Toll Road will rise by 50 cents starting Jan. 1.

The higher tolls will help pay for Metrorail's $6 billion expansion to Washington Dulles Airport.

The cost of a one-way trip for cars will go up from $2.25 to $2.75, reports the Washington Examiner. That means commuters who rely on the road daily will pay about $260 more in 2013.

In 2014, the rates will jump again, to $3.50.

Some commuters and rail line opponents have protested the toll increases. But officials with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority say tolls are the only way to finance the rail line if Virginia and the federal government can't contribute more to the project.

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