Toll Hike Approved for Dulles Greenway

Source: NBCWashington.com, March 2, 2015

Drivers will pay higher tolls to travel the Dulles Greenway soon. The State Corporation Commission approved a 2.8 percent toll increase for the 14-mile road, which runs between Mainline Plaza — just south of Washington Dulles International Airport — and Leesburg, Virginia. The Greenway is privately owned. The toll for two-axle vehicles will rise from $4.20 to $4.30 for those traveling from Leesburg to Dulles. The toll for peak morning and afternoon weekday periods will increase from $5.10 to $5.20 for that route. Shorter distances cost less….

No signs of relief from Dulles Greenway toll increases
Source: Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, February 16, 2015

Legislative attempts to halt the steadily rising tolls on the privately owned Dulles Greenway have failed in Richmond in recent weeks, deepening frustration among local officials and commuters who have long opposed the road’s price structure. Del. David I. Ramadan (R-Loudoun) is one of the most outspoken critics of the toll rates implemented by the greenway’s operator, Toll Road Investors Partnership II. Ramadan introduced a bill to the Virginia General Assembly last month that aimed to force TRIP II to lower its rates and apply distance-based pricing — meaning that drivers would pay only for the mileage they travel. But the bill died Feb. 5 in the House Commerce and Labor Committee, despite testimony from Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) and regulatory expert Robert Van Hoecke in favor of the legislation. ….

Dulles Greenway toll rates rise again
Source: Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, April 14, 2014

Drivers on the Dulles Greenway can once again expect to pay higher tolls along the 14-mile, privately owned road. On Tuesday, the State Corporation Commission approved an annual toll rate increase on the road, raising rates by 10 to 20 cents for drivers in two-axle vehicles. During non-peak hours, the toll will rise from $4.10 to $4.25, with a maximum one-way toll of $5.10 during peak hours. The new rate was approved in February and initially set to go into effect Feb. 15, but Del. David I. Ramadan (R-Loudoun), one of the toll road’s most outspoken critics and the leader of an ongoing legal battle against the highway’s operators, filed a request to delay the increase. Virginia law allows members of the General Assembly to delay court proceedings until 30 days after the legislative session ends, Ramadan said.

State hosts first hearings about Dulles Greenway tolls
Source: Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, April 15, 2013

The ever-increasing tolls on the Dulles Greenway drew criticism last week from Loudoun County residents and officials, as the State Corporation Commission hosted the first of several hearings examining the privately owned road’s controversial rate structure. Despite years of complaints about the high costs, the road’s operator, Toll Road Investors Partnership II, filed a Nov. 14 request with the SCC seeking approval for another toll increase. TRIP II asked that the commission approve an increase of 14 cents for two-axle vehicles, according to the application.

Dulles Greenway’s tolls inspire “Highway Robbery” protest song by Angela Petry
Source: Tom Jackman, Washington Post, September 6, 2012

Updated, 12:10 a.m., with background on Petry and the song.
Original post: Angela Petry doesn’t even have to drive the Dulles Greenway every day, and she’s still outraged that it costs $5.55 one way at peak times. So she wrote a protest song, called “Highway Robbery.” Here’s a piece WJLA-7 did with Petry, in which she performed the song live on Skype:
As you may know, the Greenway is privately owned by the Macquarie Group of Australia, and it’s the only privately owned toll road in the state. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has long protested the cost of driving the Greenway, and it was his characterization of the tolls as “highway robbery” which inspired Petry to write the song, even though she lives in West Virginia. But the tolls are regulated by the State Corporation Commission, and Gov. Bob McDonnell told WJLA there was nothing he could do.