TYSONS CORNER, Va. - The cost of a one-way trip on the Dulles Toll Road will rise by 50 cents starting Jan. 1.
The higher tolls will help pay for Metrorail's $6 billion expansion to Washington Dulles Airport.
The Washington Examiner ( http://tinyurl.com/c4zvpav) reports that the cost of a one-way trip for cars will go up from $2.25 to $2.75. That means commuters who rely on the road daily will pay about $260 more in 2013.
In 2014, the rates will jump again, to $3.50.
Some commuters and rail line opponents have protested the toll increases. But officials with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority say tolls are the only way to finance the rail line if Virginia and the federal government can't contribute more to the project.
Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)