Toll rates at the main plaza on the Dulles Toll Road are scheduled to increase by 25 cents on Saturday.
The decision to increase the tolls was made last fall following public hearings conducted by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the road and has pledged the revenue toward the expansion of Metrorail from East Falls Church to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County. The authority enacted a three-year schedule of increases with the first beginning Jan. 1, 2010. The tolls will increase 25 cents on Jan. 1, 2011, and again by 25 cents on Jan. 1, 2012.
The new rates at the main toll plaza beginning next month are:
-- Two axles: $1.25
-- Three axles: $1.50
-- Four axles: $1.75
-- Five axles: $2
-- Six axles or more: $2.25
The rates for the on- and off-ramps are not scheduled to change.
The airports authority assumed a 50-year responsibility to operate and maintain the toll road in 2009.
The first phase of the Metrorail extension, pegged at $2.75 billion and extending to Wiehle Avenue in Reston, is scheduled to open in 2013. The second phase, the cost of which has been estimated as high as $4 billion depending on the location of a station at Dulles International Airport, is scheduled to open in 2016.