Virginia General Assembly in Richmond

The Virginia Senate will soon vote on a bill aimed at amending how the 14-mile Dulles Greenway is regulated. The Senate received the bill only days after its companion bill was sent to the House of Delegates.

On Thursday, the Senate Transportation Committee voted 12-3 to send the bill to the full Senate for a vote. The bill is being carried by Sen. John Bell (D-13th).

“I believe it will be passed with bipartisan support,” Bell said to the Times-Mirror. “The Greenway is complicated. Many of people who are from other parts of Virginia have never even heard of it other than when we bring it up in session, so our big job is to explain what the Greenway is, what issues we have with it and how this helps commuters and why it's needed."

Similar to the companion bill in the House, if the bill passes in the Senate, lawmakers will vote on it in the House. Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-87th) is carrying the same bill in the House. His bill, if it passes, will go to the Senate for a vote.

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.

Last fall, an SCC hearing examiner’s report recommended no increases to peak tolls but supported off-peak toll increases for the next three years.

TRIP II, the operator of the roadway, 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 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.

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LetSanityPrevail

Not sure how the road is regulated will make much of a difference. The real issue is that is does not have the volume necessary to pay for itself and the investment. So what solution is realistic? Will the state takes it over which means tax revenue will be siphoned off to subsidize the road. It is very possible that given the change in how people work that commuting of the volumes once predicted may not materialize. which means it will always need to be funded by public tax revenue. Same holds for the Metro which during the lockdowns has shown a loss of 67% of its ridership.

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