Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wolf Joins Loudoun County Officials in Support of Distance Tolling

According to the Washington Post, "After the first meeting of the Dulles Greenway User Interface Task Force — an advisory committee focused on finding ways to make the Dulles Greenway more commuter-friendly — Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) joined Loudoun County officials Friday in an appeal to the Virginia Department of Transportation to allow the group to address the issue of distance pricing on one of the most expensive toll roads in the country."

In a letter to Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton, Wolf said he was disappointed to learn that despite his repeated requests to study the toll structure on the Dulles Greenway, “the committee was told that discussion of these issues was categorically forbidden by VDOT.”

Wolf’s letter followed a similar appeal by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, which voted at its July 6 meeting to send a letter to Garrett Moore, Northern Virginia district administrator for the VDOT, advocating a distance-based toll structure to help lessen traffic on congested local roads, including Route 7 and Waxpool Road. The traffic backup in the Waxpool corridor has resulted in unnecessary safety hazards, the board stated.

Read the complete Post article.

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