Dulles Toll Road Rates Rise Again Tuesday

As scheduled, tolls on the on/off ramps and at main plaza to rise by 25 cents.

The cost of driving on the Dulles Toll Road is about to rise again on Tuesday.

Beginning Jan. 1, the toll rate on the Dulles Toll Road will increase by 25 cents at the Main Toll Plaza to $1.75.  Toll rates on the on/off ramps will increase by 25 cents to $1.

These amounts but the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has deferred making a decision on tolls for 2015. There will be an additional increase in January 2014 to $2.50 at the main plaza.

The toll increases are necessary, in part, for the Airports Authority to operate and maintain the Dulles Toll Road and to construct the Metrorail Silver Line, which will begin operating in Dec. 2013.

While Phase 1 of the Silver Line is being built with $900 million in federal dollars, Phase 2 is relying on a large amount from MWAA and local governments to get the $3.2-billion extension built.

Phase 2 will run from Reston's Wiehle Avenue to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County.

The two-year schedule for new toll rates was approved by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors in November after conducting several public hearings.  

Under its agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Airports Authority assumed the responsibility to operate and maintain the Dulles Toll Road for a 50-year period beginning in November 2008.


New Toll Rates 

Vehicle Type

At the Main Toll Plaza

(reflects 25¢ increase)

At the On/Off Ramps

(reflects 25¢ increase)

2 Axles



3 Axles



4 Axles



5 Axles



6 or More Axles
(Maximum Toll)




For more information click here. 



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Chipperson December 28, 2012 at 01:15 PM
This is great news. I'm excited to pay even more to live in the Reston area!
Ray Wedell December 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Can somebody tell me how the Consumer Price Index is supposedly upwardly-biased in showing that my price went up 2% last year? Costs of everything I use seem to have risen significantly more than this.
Mayra Ruiz-McPherson December 28, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Just sucks :( but I am excited for the Silver Line so trying to "grin and bear it" ...
Burt Rosenberg December 28, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Let's not grin & bear it. Let's let Rep. Plum know, at his public meeting on Thurs., Jan. 3 at RCC, that Dulles Toll Road users are not cash cows for non-toll road related projects. Horrible precedent!
Bob Bruhns December 28, 2012 at 02:15 PM
MWAA says that the Dulles Toll Road tolls can not be estimated after 2014 - but here is the DTR toll plan as it stands, for two-axle vehicles like passenger cars, one-way. (For bigger vehicles like 18-wheel trucks, the tolls are much higher.) (2012 $2.25) Jan. 2013 $2.75 Jan. 2014 $3.50 Jan. 2015 $4.50 Jan. 2018 $6.75 Jan. 2023 $8.75 Jan. 2028 $10.75 Jan. 2033 $12.75 Jan. 2038 $14.75 Jan. 2043 $16.75 Jan. 2048 $18.75 All of this, is for a multi-Billion dollar Metrorail extension that costs two times what it should cost. Do a web search on ' The excessive pricing of the Dulles Rail - Silver Line Metrorail project ', and you can read about the double price in the whole Dulles Rail / Silver Line project. If a double price seems impossible to you, do a web search on ' MWAA's Weak Policies and Procedures Have Led to Questionable Procurement Practices, Mismanagement, and a Lack of Overall Accountability ', and you can read about "Contractor A" in the US DOT Inspector General's audit of MWAA, where MWAA was FUNNELING contracts to the mysterious "Contractor A" at 1.3 to 3.3 times what other contractors charged for the same work. That's not a typo - 1.3 to 3.3 times what other contractors charged for the same work! It's on Page 14 of the report (page 15 of the pdf). Enough. People need to contact their elected 'leaders', and demand that they call out the Dulles Rail / Silver Line cost estimators, and have them explain their sky-high estimates. NOW.
Rob Bennett December 28, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I hate taxes and tolls. I don't mind paying for use, I really don't, and also for the greater good. But these just keep going up and up to fund boondoggles. Have you tried getting home on Route 7? Can't. So you take toll road and pay more and more, only to sit on the toll road barely moving in traffic.
Uncle Smartypants December 28, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Jan. 2013: $2.75 Jan. 2014: Take Metro Jan. 2015: Take Metro Jan. 2018: Take Metro Jan. 2023: Take Metro Jan. 2028: Take Metro Jan. 2033: Take Metro Jan. 2038: Take Metro Jan. 2043: Take Metro Jan. 2048: Take Metro
Steve L December 28, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Who do I yell at? (20194)
David A. LaRock December 28, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Ken Plum would be a great place to start. See contacts here: http://notollincrease.blogspot.com/p/contact-your-elected-officials.html Also check this out to find out how the Governor could fix the whole mess without a penny of your tolls or taxpayer dollars http://notollincrease.blogspot.com/2012/12/solution-tolling-airport-access-rd.html
David A. LaRock December 28, 2012 at 04:02 PM
People are being treated like cash cows so go to NO TOLL INCREASE.org and sign the petition. http://notollincrease.blogspot.com/p/sign-petition.html You WILL be paying $6.75 ONE WAY TO TYSONS, 3 times today's toll, by 2018. No way should WE, DTR users, be paying for 75% of the Silver Line, Phase 2 costs and over 54% of the entire project costs from W. Falls Church to Dulles. This is leadership failure! There are much fairer ways to fund this. Solution: Tolling the Airport Access Road Read more here: http://notollincrease.blogspot.com/2012/12/solution-tolling-airport-access-rd.html
Lilguy December 28, 2012 at 04:50 PM
You might add "...if it goes somewhere you want to go" after each of your entries. You could also add, "if you can get to a Metro station from your home/office/wherever" Otherwise, your answer is simpleminded, simpleminded, simpleminded, . . .
Uncle Smartypants December 28, 2012 at 07:29 PM
We were discussing the toll road and metro goes exactly where the toll road goes. And if someone is willing to take a bus and walk, public transportation can you to and from just about anywhere. I am actually hoping the high tolls will get some cottage cheese butts out of their cars, but it probably won't.
Michael December 28, 2012 at 08:07 PM
You can yell at Ken Plum all you want, but the fact is, he doesn't control the MWAA. Nobody in state government does. But since the GOP controls the state government, if you must yell at someone in VA - start with them. They could lower these tolls if they were willing to invest some funds in transportation. But Plum, as a member of the minority party in the House of Delegates, is nothing more than a convenient scapegoat.
Michael December 28, 2012 at 08:13 PM
You also don't have to commute the corridor at all. MWAA is not requiring anyone to live in one community and work in another. I moved from Arlington to Herndon two years ago specifically to be closer to my job in Reston, and to save on gas and tolls. Others are welcome to move as well. Of course it was easy for me as a renter, and somewhat harder for a homeowner, but the market has improved... in any case, if you're trapped in a bad commute, that is not particularly MWAA's fault.
Michael December 28, 2012 at 08:16 PM
However, I do think everyone should at least consider signing the petition posted by Mr. LaRock. Charging tolls on airport users is a good, equitable way to make up at least part of the money.
Rob Whitfield December 28, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Dulles Toll Road toll rates for 2015 were not set this year because MWAA hopes to obtain TIFIA federal credit assistance from the US Dept of Transportation in the near future. Given TIFIA funding constraints ($750 million nationally in 2013), even if USDOT approves MWAA to apply for TIFIA program credit assistance, the assistance will likely occur over several years. See this article about TIFIA. http://www.metroplanning.org/news-events/article/6448 MWAA, WMATA and other Dulles Rail partners have not provided any evidence of the economic and financial feasibility of Dulles Rail, based on objective analyses of projected Silver Line ridership demand, operating revenues and costs. An explanation of how replacement costs will be funded is so far absent. ALL Virginia politicians have totally failed the taxpaying public repeatedly in their Dulles Rail decision making - and continue to do so. Former Governors Warner and Kaine share most of the blame with Delegate Ken Plum and other rail lunatics. Fairfax and Loudoun County supervisors have also demonstrated repeated gross ignorance in their actions based on the "build it and they will come" mentality. The office market vacancy rate of 16+% from Tysons Corner to Loudoun County is unlikely to diminsh in the next few years. Sequestration impacts could move office vacancies to over 20% locally. Bush era tax cuts if not extended will reduce disposable income. Also to consider is the impact of Obamacare on small businesses
Rob Whitfield December 28, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Another item. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (read Transit Commission) has proposed doubling the tax on gasoline from 2.1% to 4.2% to pay for the growing deficits of the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority. Those who attend the Ken Plum Janet Howell lovefest next week should tell them exactly what to do with this proposed increase on automobile users. When is a legislator or supervisor going to demand that transit riders pay a fair share of the capital costs of Dulles Rail?
Just the Facts December 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM
The republican Mwaa Board needs to be contacted. MWAA and the Virginia elected officials are the only ones who can address this situation.
Bob Bruhns December 28, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Someone who might go from south Herndon to Falls Church or DC might not see a problem with the simpleminded "Take Metro" answer. But someone who (for example) wants to go from Reston to Dranesville District Park (around 495 and Georgetown Pike) will see the real picture, because now they'll have to pay Big Bucks, or take side roads - which will be jammed with a lot more cars and trucks than we are used to, because other drivers actually have to pay bills too. Hmm, I think I see trouble brewing here. BIG trouble.
Bob Bruhns December 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM
And when are people going to protest the double price of Dulles Rail / Silver Line project, that makes PAYING for it (and for the finance charges on the great big pile of money we need to borrow to pay for it) so incredibly difficult? People might want to do a web search on ' The excessive pricing of the Dulles Rail - Silver Line Metrorail project ' and read about it. And WMATA needs someone to look at their expensive construction pricing too, because extra rail traffic from the Silver Line is going to require either an expansion of the Rosslyn Tunnel, or another bridge around there, pretty soon. But of course first we'll be hearing about Metro's $13.1 billion in deferred maintenance and capital needs.
Bob Bruhns December 29, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Ken Plum can stop talking about a multi-Billion dollar, double-priced regional ripoff as though it is a child's Christmas present, and demand that the cost estimators for FTA and MWAA come out and justfy their sky-high cost estmates for the Dulles Rail / Silver Line job. MWAA is telling us that the Rt 28 rail station should cost more than two times what a more capable Metrorail station cost in posh, wealthy Fairfield, Connecticut - and their Metrorail station was completed just one year ago. MWAA is telling us that an above-ground parking garage should cost $34,015 per space, when it should cost more like $17,000 per space. Dulles Rail Phase II costs $245 Million to $257 Million per mile, including the Rt 28 station; it should cost more like half that much. And Phase I pricing is almost as bad. Does Ken Plum call the cost estimators and demand answers? No, he is too busy candy-coating this ripoff and pretending it's a Christmas present. One word: ridiculous. What is the matter with everybody? Call your elected leaders, and tell them to make the cost estimators explain their sky-high estimates in a public hearing before Congress! (MWAA can't be trusted to do do this; it is too busy figuring out whose friends and family are on the payroll over there.)
The BSD Guy December 29, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Rail to Dulles was a crack-pipe economic scheme dreamed up so developers and land owners could rape Northern Virginia just one more time before they took all their money and left town. THIS IS ALSO A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF CATHY HUDGINS WORKING AGAINST LOWER, MIDDLE, AND UPPER MIDDLE INCOME PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THE COFFERS OF THE BILLIONAIRE ELITE DEVELOPERS ARE FULLY LINED. Who do you think is going to pay these higher rates? Bob Simon? Boston Properties? Commercial developers? Land speculators? No, they got their millions and billions, so they're set. No it'll be an engineer going to work in Tysons, or a cleaning lady coming from Alexandria to work out here. It's a perfect example of reverse trickle down economics. A tiny percentage of self appointed groups of the entitled and the elite get their agent, Hudgins, to step all over everyone else, they rake in tons of money, and then the cost "trickle down" to everyone else. It would be more appropriate to use a word that starts with "P" and rhymes with "hiss" to describe what Hudgins and her beloved developers are doing to us, but this is a community site, thus I dare not. Note to Hudgins: Be sure and clarify this with your developer alliances, who will be more than happy, once again, to fit you with blinders and headphones and lead yoiu around by the nose feeding you only the "truths" they wish you to see - and then you can happily continue turning your back on everyone else to make sure they make a killing.
Jonathan Erickson January 04, 2013 at 02:19 PM
I think a 2.1% gas tax equal 17 million if you double it and it goes rto the MWAA in 2018/2019 that 34 million dollars there. 18 million dollars for maintenance and 14 million for operation costs plus the tolls talk about a cash cow this is a cash cow herd!


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