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How Do You Feel About Toll Increases?

Tell MWAA your thoughts in public comment forums.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has opened a public comment period about proposed toll rate increases along the Dulles Toll Road. The tolls support operation of the Toll Road and construction of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project and Dulles Toll Road improvements.

Under the toll rate proposal, the combined main plaza and ramp tolls, currently $2.25 for 2-axle vehicles, would increase according to this schedule:

  • $2.75 in 2013
  • $3.50 in 2014
  • $4.50 in 2015

 Informational exhibits, including an “On-Line Open House,” are now available at www.mwaa.com/tollroad.

Public comments may be submitted online or through the mail between now and Sept. 16 (click here for address), or in person at one of three upcoming public hearings along the Dulles corridor. The hearings will be conducted in an open house format at these locations, dates and times:

 Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Stone Bridge High School - Cafeteria

43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA 20147

 

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

South Lakes High School – Cafeteria

11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, VA 20191

 

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Spring Hill Elementary School

8201 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA 22102

 

The hearings will include informational exhibits about the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, the cost and financing of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project and potential improvements that may be made to the Dulles Toll Road, and the cost of operating the Toll Road. Representatives from the Airports Authority will be present to discuss these items.

 The Airports Authority is responsible for the construction of Metrorail through the Dulles Corridor. As part of this program, the Commonwealth of Virginia transferred the operation of the Dulles Toll Road to the Airports Authority in 2008 under a 50-year permit to operate and improve the Toll Road and to use the revenues from the tolls to help finance the rail construction and other improvements to the Toll Road and the Dulles Corridor.

The first phase of rail to Dulles will open in late 2013, with the final stop at Reston's Wiehle Avenue. Phase 2, still in the planning stages, will run from Reston Parkway to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County.

For more information about the Dulles Rail Project and the Dulles Toll Road, please visit www.mwaa.com.

 

Tammi Petrine August 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Increased toll scenario and its effects are clear: BIG tolls = #1: gridlock as drivers flee the fee. So the choices of new residents and all employers are to locate in a community that demands paying a stiff toll for access OR fighting gridlock... Who in their right minds will choose to keep current business or re-locate new businesses or purchase homes in such an area? Sure, a specific demographic of folk can live in the TOD (Transit Oriented Development) area immediately adjacent to Metro and use Metro for all of their transportation needs but that hardly supports a majority of people including ALL of the current residents of Reston/Herndon. BIG Tolls = #2: So when we go to sell our homes, who will want to purchase in an area that adds a commuting expense of $1,000 now and $8,000/year in the future vs an area where access via tolls is unnecessary??? The answer is obvious. The quality of our lives in Reston will degrade with traffic gridlock, pollution and lower housing prices for starters. With the allure of Reston waning, will employers look favorably on keeping or relocating in Reston? BIG tolls = #3 Fewer jobs and employers. BIG tolls = Fewer jobs = #4 fewer service industries, retail stores, etc. I think by now you get the picture of the dying golden goose. Do Restonians object to the perennially escalating, unfair, involuntary tolls for access to our beloved community, the only community in NOVA to have a tollway in the 1st place? YOU BETCHA.
Burt Rosenberg August 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Well stated, Tammi, and am in total agreement with your points. But the question at this point is, what are we going to do about it? Blogging and venting only go so far.
Tammi Petrine August 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM
EXCELLENT observation, Burt. To everyone who is mad and motivated: PLEASE join Reston 2020 so we have your contact info. We are planning to have a community meeting in the very near future to plan exactly WHAT we should and can be doing to make our fury known and to get results. To join, please go to our blog spot; my email address is there and we will add you to our rolls. You will be emailed as soon as we have a time and place.
No Toll Increase August 21, 2012 at 01:39 PM
There are multiple options for preventing this disaster. One lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the toll increases is to be heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in October. Annother lawsuit may be possible on the basis of cheating the federal law requiring an analysis of the environmental impacts of teh toll avoidance, particularly on Rt. 7. VDOT can retake the toll road from MWAA, since it is MWAA's corruption and waste that have brought delays and driven the costs up. More info at www.notollincrease.org
Burt Rosenberg August 21, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Will email you, Tammi. Thanks.

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