UPDATED: Loudoun may officially join complaint against Greenway
Loudoun's Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal tonight that paves the way for the county to officially be included as a respondent in the complaint against the Dulles Greenway operators.
During tonight's business meeting, Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) had strong words for the Greenway owners – TRIP II and Macquarie Atlas Roads. Buona said the group essentially treats the pricey Loudoun toll road as a “hedge fund” for other initiatives. The Greenway is “extorting Loudoun citizens,” he added.
The next State Corporation Commission hearing on the matter has been pushed back from September to November.
Original story: Sept. 4, 9:44 a.m.
Loudoun County Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) wants the Board of Supervisors signed on as a respondent in the ongoing complaint against the operators of the pricey Dulles Greenway toll road.
Letourneau has initiated an item – to be taken up during the board's Wednesday night meeting – that calls for the board to be named a participant in the case, allowing the county to submit testimony and cross-examine witnesses at the formal State Corporation Commission (SCC) hearing Sept. 24, according to county documents.
State Del. David Ramadan (R-87th) initiated the complaint against the road's owners in late 2012. Ramadan has consistently urged the SCC to look into road's rates. A full one-way trip costs more than $5 on the 13-mile, east-west thoroughfare.
Three public hearings have been held this year for the public to speak on the matter.
The privately-controlled Dulles Greenway is owned by Toll Road Investors Partnership (TRIP) II and maintained by Macquarie Atlas Roads, an Australian group that owns a majority stake in its partnership with TRIP II.
“Upon completion of the [current] discovery phase, we will be participating in an evidentiary hearing scheduled for September 24 whereby I will question the Greenway operators on details from discovery and I will present my arguments to the examiner,” Ramadan told the Times-Mirror in late July.
The first-term state delegate said he's “very optimistic” the proceedings will eventually lead to the tolls being lowered.
"It is clear that the Greenway is currently in violation of Virginia code and that the SCC has to force a reduction of the price of tolls on the Greenway,” he said.
Given past statements by members of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, it seems likely a board majority will side with Letourneau's proposal.