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Loudoun Chamber endorses Virginia Senate proposal to improve regulation of Dulles Greenway tolls

January 29, 2019
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Loudoun Chamber endorses Virginia Senate proposal
to improve regulation of Dulles Greenway tolls
 
Lansdowne, VA -- The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce is asking Virginia’s state lawmakers to support Senator Bill Stanley’s (R-Franklin County) bill to empower the State Corporation Commission to better regulate toll increases, including the adoption of distance-based pricing, on the Dulles Greenway.
 
The Chamber endorsed Senator Stanley’s bill as the best long-term solution to ensure that Greenway tolls do not discourage use of the vital roadway and to enforce the original mandate that tolls be equivalent to the benefit derived by its users. The Loudoun Chamber has long been a proponent of distance-based tolling on the Greenway, to provide relief for all commuters and to reduce demand on nearby roadways clogged by drivers who avoid paying the full toll to travel short distances.
 
“We believe that Senator Stanley’s proposal shows the greatest promise for creating an equitable toll structure that benefits both the drivers and the Greenway, which is an important economic asset for Loudoun County,” said Loudoun Chamber President Tony Howard. 
 
This bill would require that toll rates “not materially discourage the public’s use of the toll road.”  It also states that tolls must be based on distance traveled and that rates can only be adjusted to cover the actual cost of operating and maintaining the roadway, and not indirect costs including: “lobbying services, excessive compensation, and entertainment expenses.” 
 
“This bill would empower the State Corporation Commission to abide by the original intent of the agreement to build the Greenway, which was to ensure the owner an operating profit while providing users a fair and equitable toll rate," Howard added.
 
In January of 2007, the Loudoun Chamber’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose the Greenway toll increase request that made the one-way peak cost $4.90.
 
In a June 27, 2013 letter to the SCC, the Chamber argued that distance-based toll rates would encourage increased utilization of the roadway and reduces the traffic on nearby roadways.  By discouraging short distance trips, the Greenway’s lack of distance based tolling “materially discourage use of the roadway by the public,” the Chamber argued.
 
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