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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A New Year's Gift from MWAA: Higher Tolls

qbert_quarters.jpegHappy new year from the airport authority, which on Sunday increased the tolls at the main plaza on the Dulles Toll Road to $1.50. Fortunately, the tolls at the on/off ramps remain unchanged, so we can pretend we're escaping Reston at no added cost.

With a round trip to the big city sprawling wasteland of Tysons now topping out at $4.50, we've got a ways to go before we hit the $17 one-way tolls people fear are coming to help pay for the Silver Line. In the meantime, we can relax knowing our added quarters will go not only to fund Metro construction, but also help pay for "more overhead lighting, new guardrails and repaired toll booths." Which is great, until the road becomes so expensive that only people who are willing to pay the equivalent of a Macaroni Grill entree to drive to the mall can enjoy the fancy new streetlamps.

Jack Boese, a retired lawyer who lives in Reston, said he is concerned that as toll rates rise, fewer people will take the road and more will clog other roads such as routes 50 and 7.

“They’re going to end up raising the toll rates to the point where the well-off business commuter whose time is really money will be the only one using the toll road and anyone with an option won’t,” Boese said. “Route 7 and Route 50 are going to become parking lots.”
Become?

2 comments:

  1. Restonites should stop paying lip service to the Live/Work/Play "Reston dream" and start living it. Everyone who works outside Reston should be required to quit their job and start looking for a new high-paying career opportunity here in our busy little metropolis. I'm sure that RA has a long list of positions available -- tennis pro, ball person, etc.. Personally, I've got dibs on the next opening at the Home Depot.

    p.s. Someone please inform Mr. Boese that Rts. 50 & 7 are already parking lots.

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  2. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonJanuary 3, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Maybe MWAA can also spare a few of their newly-obtained quarters to repave the stretch of the westbound Toll Road from the Beltway to the main toll plaza? It's so rutted that it could be used as an automotive proving ground.

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