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The rain made the morning commute along the Capital Beltway slow and dreary. For many drivers, the faster ride on the 495 Express Lanes may have looked enticing -- until they saw the toll rate.
Gov. Bob McDonnell says Virginia should review its contract with the owners of a private toll road in Loudoun County to determine whether anything can be done to clamp down on the rising tolls.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the toll road, is on track to collect $125 million in tolls by the year's end, a 24 percent increase over 2012.
More drivers are opting to use the almost year-old 495 Express Lanes in Virginia but still far fewer vehicles are in the tolled lanes than planners had expected.
The Virginia State Corporation Commission granted Loudoun County's request to join an effort to drive down rates on the Dulles Greenway.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is planning to overhaul the toll collection system used along the 14-mile Dulles Toll Road including phasing in of more plaza lanes for E-ZPass users.
The District considers the possibility of adding tolls to enter downtown D.C.
A lawsuit against toll increases in Virginia could nullify agreements with private toll operators and leave state taxpayers holding the tab for past, present and planned infrastructure projects.
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