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Rate Increase Approved For Dulles Toll Road

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Motorists in Virginia will need a few more quarters to use the Dulles toll road starting in January.
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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...

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