Toll increase on Dulles Toll Road, no-cash policy nears final vote next month

Westbound Dulles Toll Road approaching the Fairfax County Parkway exit (via Google Maps)

A plan to increase tolls on the Dulles Toll Road and eliminate the option to pay by cash is barreling towards approval next month.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is expected to vote on the toll increase at a Nov. 16 meeting, a spokesperson told FFXnow.

At a meeting late last week, a board committee unanimously approved both proposals. Tolls would generally rise from $3.25 to $4 at the main line plaza and from $1.50 to $2 on ramps. Similar increases are proposed for vehicles with three or more axles.

The change would go into effect after a public comment period closed earlier this year.

The next toll increase is expected in 2028 while the last toll increase happened in 2019.

Staff noted that so me residents opposed the use of tolls for additional costs associated with the Silver Line and the Dulles Metrorail Project.

“While many of the comments oppose the current allocation of responsibility for funding construction of the Dulles Metrorail Project, that allocation reflects policy decisions and agreements made at the federal, state and regional level over many years,” staff wrote in a statement.

The board will also consider collecting an administrative fee for vehicles that choose the pay-by-plate payment option. The fee — $1.60 per transaction– is not intended to generate any revenue.

The move comes after MWAA transitions from cash payments and moves towards payment via E-ZPass and mobile applications. Residents will have 30 days to pay the toll.

If approved, both proposals would go into effect on Jan. 1.

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