The Virginia House of Delegates will soon vote on a bill aimed at amending how the 14-mile Dulles Greenway is regulated.
On Tuesday morning, the House Transportation Committee voted unanimously to forward the bill to the House. The bill is being carried by Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-87th). Last year, his bill died in the House Labor and Commerce Committee on an 8-8 vote.
“This is a big win for the people of Loudoun County and for Northern Virginia commuters who want transparency and accountability on how toll prices are being set.,” Subramanyam said. “While there is more work for the Loudoun delegation to do to ensure passage, we are encouraged by the broad, bipartisan support from our colleagues in the General Assembly.”
The rising costs for the toll road have led to roadway congestion around Loudoun County. The toll road is the only highway in the state owned and operated by a private company under the Virginia Highway Corporation Act of 1988.
The current tolls for a two-axle vehicle are $5.80 during peak periods and $4.75 during off-peak periods on the roadway between Washington Dulles International Airport and Leesburg, according to the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
Grafton deButts, vice president of membership and government affairs for the Loudoun Chamber, testified last week before the transportation subcommittee in support of the bill to amend how the Greenway is regulated.
DeButts strongly urged the committee, which voted 9-1, to support the bill so that “the Greenway will become an economic asset for our community and not a liability.”
In October, an SCC hearing examiner’s report was completed following an extensive hearing on a proposed toll rate increase for the Dulles Greenway.
TRIP II was seeking a 6 to 6.8% toll rate increase each year over the next five years, equating to annual increases that would result in maximum tolls by Jan. 1, 2025, of $7.90 for peak traffic and $6.15 for off-peak and weekend traffic.
The examiner’s report recommended no increases to peak tolls but supported off-peak toll increases for the next three years.
The toll road has been in operation since 1995.
TRIP II, a locally owned company headquartered in Sterling, maintains and operates the Dulles Greenway. Atlas Arteria, formally Macquarie Atlas Roads, has a 100% effective economic interest in TRIP II.
If the bill passes in the House, it will then go to the Senate for a vote leading to the governor’s signature. Sen. John Bell (D-13th) is carrying the same bill in the Senate.
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