Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today again expressed his frustration with the high price of tolls on the Dulles Greenway.
In testimony submitted at a Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) in Loudoun County, Wolf began by questioning why the hearing was held in western Loudoun, saying it should have been held at the county's School Board offices or at a school just off the Greenway so the commissioners and SCC staff present would have had no choice but to use the Greenway to get to the hearing.
"Perhaps if folks from outside the region had to use the Greenway they might have a better understanding of what my constituents endure, especially if you don't have an E-ZPass and you have to dig into your wallet or purse and pull out a $5 bill to pay the toll to get here and then pull out another $5 bill on your way home," Wolf said.
Wolf, a longtime critic of the toll structure on the Greenway, the process governing it and the company that presently owns the road, again urged the SCC to take a proactive role in addressing these issues and said he "wholeheartedly" supports the state taking over control of the Greenway.
Wolf renewed his criticism of TRIP II and its parent company Macquarie, saying they are not good corporate citizens. The Greenway's owners have fought the moms and dads and other commuters in Loudoun at every turn, even opposing studies that would look at distance pricing, a common practice on other roads, including some under the ownership of Macquarie, according to Wolf.
"The failure of Virginia to address Greenway tolls will have terrible and long-lasting consequences for Loudoun County, including a depression of housing values and sales," Wolf said. "Members of the commission, I respectfully ask that you put yourself in the driver's seat of these local commuters. I hope that we can work together to resolve this important issue."