Friday, January 21, 2011

No Support for Toll Road Legislation from Loudoun County Supervisors

Leesburg Today reports that the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will formally oppose legislation proposed by Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-67) that would place final say on all toll road fare increases in the hands of the Loudoun and Fairfax supervisors.

During its discussion of its legislative agenda Wednesday, supervisors singled out the LeMunyon bill, HB1539, at the request of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling). If approved by the General Assembly the bill would require any toll increases on the Dulles Toll Road to be approved by both the Fairfax and the Loudoun Board of Supervisors. In addition, the Loudoun board would have to approve increases on the Dulles Greenway before they could be instated.

According to the Loudoun Times, the intent of HB1539 ... is to keep traffic off already congested roads like Interstate 66 and Route 7. Commuters are opting for gridlock, the delegate said, to avoid paying higher tolls.

Tolls on the Dulles Toll Road increased for the second year in a row on Jan. 1, forcing drivers to shell out $1.25 at the main toll plaza. Toll rates on the on/off ramps remain at 75 cents. The increase is part of a three-year schedule approved by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors in November 2009 to help fund the extension of Metrorail into Loudoun County. Drivers should expect a third rate increase on Jan. 1, 2012.

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