Thursday, September 27, 2007

Greenway Fee Increase

The question of how high tolls will get on the Dulles Greenway was settled this month when state officials gave the road's owners permission to charge drivers as much as $9.60 per round trip by January 2012. According to an article in today's Washington Post, now politicians, transportation experts and business analysts are debating a more complicated question: What effect will the toll increases have on Loudoun's economy?

According to the story, those who worry about the economic effects argue that such high tolls could force more people off the highway and onto congested local roads such as Route 7 -- increasing commute times, delaying deliveries and making Loudoun a less attractive place in which to work. But if increased tolls on the Greenway guarantee swift travel for motorists, that could have a positive economic effect, some analysts said.

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