The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is eyeing a series of rate hikes on the Dulles Toll Road starting next year.
The General Assembly gave control of the toll road to MWAA in 2008 as part of its plan to pay the state government’s $2.8 billion share of the Silver Line construction with tolls collected from Northern Virginia motorists. Since then tolls have increased from $1.25 at the mainline toll plaza near Tyson’s Corner to $2.50, with another $1 charged at entrance and exit ramps.
Under the proposal being considered by the MWAA board, tolls could increase to $3.25 next year, plus $1.50 at the ramps. The board is being asked to endorse a plan to increase toll rate every four years through 2043—gradually reaching $7.50 at the mainline plaza and $4.25 at the ramps, for a trip total of $11.25.
Public hearings on the proposal are expected this summer, with final board action in the fall.
In March, the State Corporation Commission approved a 3 percent increase in tolls charged by the privately-owned Dulles Greenway,boosting tolls by 10 cents to $4.65, and $5.65 during rush hours. The toll plaza near Rt. 28 also collects a $1 toll for use of the Dulles Toll Road. Under state law, the Greenway is virtually guaranteed approval of annual rate increases through 2020.