Friday, January 20, 2012

Supervisors Call on VDOT for Study on Dulles Greenway Tolling

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is calling on the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to conduct a study to explore the feasibility and legality of distance-pricing tolling along the Dulles Greenway.   

A resolution unanimously adopted by the Board also asks the Virginia General Assembly to review the enabling authority which created the Dulles Greenway, including any authority for changing the ways tolls are charged on the road, and also to consider placing a cap on the overall toll rate structure.  

While the resolution "acknowledges the benefits the Dulles Greenway, and its operator Trip II, have provided" to Loudoun's residents and businesses, the resolution also expresses "deep concern as to the rising cost" of using the toll road, adding that the "Dulles Greenway tolls continue to escalate at ever-increasing rates which has led to increased traffic congestion on alternate roadways and may negatively impact the prospects for long-term economic growth within Loudoun County."  

In addition to the resolution, the Board approved a draft letter from Chairman Scott K. York to VDOT requesting the feasibility study of distance-based pricing of tolls on the Greenway. 

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