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How to comment on proposed Dulles Toll Road rates

Monday - 8/20/2012, 8:23am  ET

McLEAN, Va. - The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is now taking public comments on its proposed rate increases along the Dulles Toll Road.

Under the proposal, the combined one-way rate for a ride on the length of the toll road, which connects Dulles International Airport to the Capital Beltway, would increase from $2.25 to $2.75 in 2013, $3.50 in 2014, and $4.50 in 2015.

Rate increases are needed to pay for extending the Metrorail system through Tysons Corner and to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County. Commuters on the toll road have complained that they are paying an unfair share of the costs for a system that they do not use.

Public comments can be submitted online, and three public hearings are scheduled in September in Ashburn, Reston and McLean.

Here is the hearing schedule:

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6
Stone Bridge High School - Cafeteria
43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, Va. 20147

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12
South Lakes High School - Cafeteria
11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Va. 20191

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13
Spring Hill Elementary School
8201 Lewinsville Road, McLean, Va. 22102

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