From a potential ban on hand-held cellphones behind the wheel to proposals to widen Interstate 95 and lock in toll increases for the Dulles Greenway, Virginia’s breakneck General Assembly session could mean some changes to how we get around.
With the arrival of the new year, the toll at the main plaza increased from $2.50 to $3.25 and from $1 to $1.50 at ramps.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the road, voted Wednesday to increase rates both at the main plaza and at the road’s various exit ramps, effective Jan. 1.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board is due to vote Wednesday to raise the mainline plaza rate from $2.50 to $3.25 and ramp rates from $1 to $1.50, effective Jan. 1.
A proposed action plan just made available by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority would stick to plans to raise the mainline toll plaza rate from $2.50 to $3.25 and to raise ramp tolls from $1 to $1.50.
With more telework, more construction and more people seeking alternatives, the number of drivers using some toll roads in the D.C. area is leveling off or declining.
Dulles Toll Road drivers would pay 75 cents more at the mainline toll plaza and 50 cents more at each ramp under a proposal set to be presented Wednesday.
Next year, the cost of a full trip – a plaza toll plus a ramp transaction – would go from $3.50 to $4.75, as part of a longstanding plan.
Starting in 2019, it could cost more to take the Dulles Toll Road. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will be briefed on a plan to increase the tolls on the road.
The new system will include upgrades on the existing 30-year-old tolling technology, allowing drivers to pay with cash or credit cards on a machine.
A man who escaped from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody on the Dulles Toll Road for several hours before being found in July has been sentenced for assault.
Transit projects will cause delays for riders and drivers alike this weekend affecting MARC, Metro and those traveling along the Baltimore Washington Parkway and the Dulles Toll Road this weekend.
One of two southbound lanes on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway is scheduled to be closed this weekend and next weekend near BWI Marshall Airport, and there’s road work coming on the Dulles Toll Road as well.
Westbound traffic on the Dulles Toll Road and Dulles Access Road should expect periodic delays overnight this week as crews replace the Route 7 overpass in Tysons Corner.
Drivers paid about $12 million in tolls in January and more than $11 million in February. The total exceeds what was paid during the same months in 2015 or 2016.
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