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Dulles Toll Road rates to rise in January

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CHANTILLY, Va. (AP/ABC7) - Drivers on the Dulles Toll Road will pay higher fees starting in January.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the road in addition to Dulles and Reagan Airports, voted Wednesday to raise one-way rates by 50 cents in 2013 and another 75 cents in 2014.

The current one-way fare for a trip on the full length of the toll road is $2.25. That includes $1.50 at the main toll plaza and 75 cents at the other exits.

The increases had been expected, as the airports board is relying on toll road revenue to finance most of the second phase of the $5.6 billion extension of the region's Metrorail system to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County.

        Current and future tolls on the Dulles Toll Road (Source: MWAA)

Year Current 2013 2014 2015 (Proposed)
Full Toll $2.25 $2.75 $3.50

$4.50

 Cari Piper says she spends $200 a month on tolls going to and from work. But she probably will not use the Silver Line Metro those tolls are helping to build, she adds.

"I don't like the fact that I'm helping pay for it when I won't be using it," Piper continued.

MWAA Board Chair Michael Curto said, "Even if they don't ride the Silver Line, hopefully, there will be benefits to the Dulles Corridor."

The toll increase will take effect Jan. 1.

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