Coins will no longer be accepted on the Dulles Toll Road next year

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Dulles Toll Road users may not be able to pay with coins beginning in 2023 as the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority begins work on a process to transition to fully electronic toll collection.

Under the proposal, motorists would have three options for paying tolls: EZ Pass, one of five mobile apps approved for use in Virginia, or by scanning their license plate and then receiving a monthly toll invoice by post. If you pay by app or license plate scan, you pay a service fee in addition to the toll.

Mobile app fees go to the company that manages the app. For the plate scans, MWAA is requesting approval of a service fee of $1.60 per transaction to cover administration costs. Under Virginia law, the airport authority cannot charge more than it costs to process the license plate scans.

Dulles Toll Road users could see a fare increase to pay for the Silver Line

The Dulles Toll Road is the only freeway in the Washington area that still allows users to pay cash. For those paying cash, the Dulles Toll Road only accepts coins as exact change is required and the system cannot process paper bills. About 94 percent of users pay electronically, officials said.

MWAA officials say the move to an all-electronic system will reduce emissions from vehicles idling at the toll booth. The move to the fully electronic toll, expected to take place in January, comes as MWAA considers the first toll increase for users of the Dulles Toll Road since 2019. Money raised from the tolls will be used to pay for the construction of the Silver Line Extension to Washington Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County.

Under the plan, tolls would be incurred rise to $6 from the $4.75 most users pay if they go through the main tollbooth and exit at a ramp.

Off-road drivers now pay $3.25 at the main tollbooth and $1.50 at a ramp. Under the proposal, fares would increase by $1.25, 75 cents at the main tollbooth and 50 cents at the exits.

The public has 30 days, beginning July 11, to comment on the proposed changes. MWAA has also scheduled two hearings on the proposed toll increase and transition to fully electronic toll collection.

A virtual public hearing will be held on July 12 and an in-person public hearing is scheduled for July 18. Officials are also asking for answers about other measures they say could help reduce environmental impact, such as: B. Offering discounts to those who carpool or use the toll road during off-peak hours.

The board is expected to vote on the changes at its November board meeting.

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