By James Hood
Northern Virginia motorists are being “nickled and dimed to death at the toll booth,” Mid-Atlantic AAA charged today, calling the $6 billion construction of Metro’s Silver Line and the tolls that are financing it, a “silver bullet” aimed at the heart of motorists and consumers.
Noting that another round of toll fee hikes is in the offing for users of the Dulles Toll Road, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), which operates the toll road, John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic Manager of Public and Government Affairs, said the MWAA has shown itself to have a “tin ear” to the complaints of commuters. . .
. . . “Now the motoring public will feel the full brunt of the toll rates on their wallets and household budgets,” Townsend said. “By capturing the hard-earned money of motorists at the toll booth, the MWAA is financing the construction of the 23-mile, 11 station extension of Metrorail from East Falls Church to Washington Dulles International Airport west into Loudoun County.”
“That’s the reverse Robin Hood syndrome, and it is sickening to motorists. That’s robbing from the poor to give to the rich,” Townsend charged.We have put it a different way, but it delivers the same message: The Dulles Toll Road will become the "Highway of the One Percent." Only they will be able to afford the $18.75 full one-way tolls--more than $30 one-way for Loudoun commuters from Leesburg and beyond--by 2047.
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