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Toll increases are not expected to follow in 2015 because of federal funding.
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Toll increases are not expected to follow in 2015 because of federal funding.

Tolls are set to go up again on the Dulles Toll Road starting on Jan. 1. The increase is intended to help pay for the construction of the Silver Line Metro rail project.

No toll increase is scheduled for 2015. That's because the airports authority expects to receive a large federal loan to finance the project.

"We are doing everything we can to make sure that those toll rates do not increase in the future," says Rusty Conner, the new chairman of the airports authority board.

Terry Maynard is with the Reston Citizens Association, which represents 60,000 taxpayers in Fairfax County. He also expects a federal loan to take some pressure off toll payers. The Silver Line's second phase from Reston to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County will cost about $3 billion.

"It's important because as MWAA and its contractor have pointed out, to pay off the debt of some $3 billion over the next 40 years will cost $17 to $18 billion," Maynard says.

Starting Wednesday, the charge at the main toll plaza will increase by 75 cents to $2.50. A full one-way trip will cost $3.50.

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