An advisory committee is recommending a series of toll increases on the Dulles Toll Road that will provide funding for the new Silver Line.
The Dulles Corridor Advisory Committee endorsed a 50-cent toll rate increase in January 2013, to $1.75 at the main plaza and $1 at the ramps. The committee also recommended a rate of $2.50 at the main plaza in 2014, keeping the ramp toll at $1, and a rate of $3 at the main plaza and $1.50 at the ramps in 2015.
The committee also asked that the 2015 toll rates be re-examined at a later date, before they go into effect.
While acknowledging that “no one wants to see the tolls go up,” Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova (D-At large) said the increase is necessary to fund the new rail line, which has broad support.
Bulova and County Executive Ed Long represent Fairfax on the advisory committee, which also includes the Loudoun County board chairman and county executive, Virginia transportation officials, and representatives of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The Dulles Corridor Advisory Committee is designed to provide formal, local input to the airports authority, which manages the toll road and the rail project, as well as the region’s two airports.
The proposed toll increases still are less than they might have been without a $150 million contribution from the state, Bulova noted.
“What we were able to recommend today was a whole lot lower than what we would have been looking at if there had not been a contribution from the state,” she said. “I am hopeful that we will continue to identify other sources of revenue to keep tolls down.”
The airports authority board will make its final decision on the toll rates at its mid-November meeting.