Friday, February 1, 2013

SCC Starts Investigation of Current Dulles Greenway Toll Rates

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) is initiating an investigation of the current toll rates charged by the operator of the Dulles Greenway, a 14-mile private toll road that runs between Washington Dulles International Airport and Leesburg. State law provides for such a review upon receipt of a complaint and request for an investigation.

Pursuant to statutes, the SCC approved new toll rates by final order on January 16, 2013. Toll Road Investors Partnership II (TRIP II), the operator of the Dulles Greenway, started collecting higher tolls on January 21, 2013.

Also on January 16, the Commission received a written complaint from David I. Ramadan, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. In the complaint, Delegate Ramadan requested an investigation into the current rate structure, and that the rate be decreased.

Virginia law sets forth the criteria by which the Commission conducts such an investigation (Virginia Code Section 56-542 D). Any substitution of new toll rates from those currently being charged must:
  • Be reasonable to the user in relation to the benefit obtained
  • Must not materially discourage use of the roadway by the public
  • Provide the operator no more than a reasonable return as determined by the Commission.

The case has been assigned to an SCC hearing examiner. A case schedule including the dates for filing written public comments and the date, time, and location of a local hearing will be directed by further ruling of the hearing examiner.

See the SCC order here (PDF).

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