Rate Increase Approved For Dulles Toll Road | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Rate Increase Approved For Dulles Toll Road

Play associated audio
Motorists in Virginia will need a few more quarters to use the Dulles toll road starting in January.
www.flickr.com/drbeachvacation
Motorists in Virginia will need a few more quarters to use the Dulles toll road starting in January.

Motorists in Virginia will need a few more quarters to use the Dulles toll road starting in January. The Metropolitan Washington Airport's Authority operates the toll road, and its board of directors approved the rate increase at its monthly meeting today.

The vote means it will cost $1 for two axle vehicles at the main toll plaza and 75 cents on the ramps starting January 1st.

The toll hike is just a first step of a phased increase. By 2012, drivers will have to pay $1.50 at the main toll plaza. There are no increases planned for the ramp areas in 2011 or 2012.

Revenues from the increase will fund maintenance, road improvements, and construction of the Metrorail extension project. The last toll increase came in 2005.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

NPR

'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.
NPR

Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.
NPR

Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay

Some unauthorized immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and green-card holders are worried they may be forced to leave the U.S. because a court ruling has put a hold on their deportation relief.
NPR

Internet Memes And 'The Right To Be Forgotten'

Becoming Internet-famous is a gold mine for some, a nightmare for others. The world of memes can pit free speech against the desire for privacy. And laws generally aren't keeping up, an expert says.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.