The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has ruled that the Loudoun Board of Supervisors can be included as a respondent in the case examining the rate structure along the Dulles Greenway toll road.
The ruling allows for the county to cross-examine witnesses and present testimony regarding the complaint that contends the rates are too high. The complaint -- an evidentiary hearing for which will be held Nov. 12 -- was initiated by state Del. David Ramadan (R-87th) in late 2012.
A full one-way trip costs more than $5 on the 13-mile, east-west Loudoun County thoroughfare.
Earlier this month Loudoun supervisors voted to direct County Attorney Jack Roberts to file a request for intervener status with the SCC, the request that was granted this week. According to Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles), who brought the item to the local board, TRIP II, the owners of the Greenway, filed a motion opposing Loudoun County's involvement.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) quickly issued a statement Monday, saying: “Since the Greenway is entirely located in Loudoun County and due to the high number of drivers avoiding the Greenway because of its high tolls, we believe it is in the best interest of citizens and businesses alike that the board became a formal part of the proceedings.”
Ramadan also said he was pleased with the SCC hearing examiner's decision.
"Having the expertise of the Loudoun County attorney and the formal support of the board of supervisors will be of great assistance to my team as we prepare for our upcoming evidentiary hearing," Ramadan said.
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