If you use the Dulles Toll Road, budget more for what you pay to cross it.
Beginning Jan. 1, the toll rate for passenger cars at the Main Toll Plaza will increase by 75 cents to $2.50. Toll rates at the on- and off-ramps will remain unchanged at $1.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates and maintains the Dulles Toll Road, says the fee increase is necessary to help fund construction of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project.
Toll increases for both 2013 and 2014 were approved by the Airports Authority board in late-2012 after a series of public hearings.
The airports authority plans no toll increase in 2015.
Phase 1 of the new Silver Line is nearing completion with a delayed opening slated for January. Work on Phase 2 began in July.
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