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Supervisors Take Stand Against Toll Increase

"The people that use the Dulles Toll Road have paid for that road over and over and over again," he said. "It's time to put an end to it. I do not think it's fair for this proposal to go on."

Hanley acknowledged Friday that another toll increase could be necessary to fund the second phase of the project, which would extend Metro service to Dulles Airport and two stops into Loudoun, if the state cannot find another revenue source.

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Business groups spoke in favor of both the Metrorail extension and the toll increase.

Jim Larsen of the Dulles Area Transportation Association, a not-for-profit public-private association, called Metrorail extension "an investment in the future of our region."

"We need to have the vision to see beyond this increase," he said.

Anita Kaiser of the Washington Airports Task Force said that although rail to Loudoun would not solve all of Northern Virginia's transportation problems, it would "help ensure the continued viability of the Dulles corridor as a 21st-century Main Street between the airport -- the world gateway -- and the region's largest business centers, the federal center and Tysons Corner."

She said rail would provide an alternative without which about 40,000 more cars would try to use the Dulles corridor daily by 2003, making it "dysfunctional."

She also noted that had tolls kept pace with the cost of living, the maximum toll would now be $1.54, not 85 cents.

"It's time to bite the bullet, raise the tolls and get on with the rail project," she said.

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