WTOP: Virginia Might Buy Greenway

Del. May says negotiations underway for road with high tolls, long called 'highway robbery' by some.

WTOP is reporting Virginia is in negotiations to buy the Dulles Greenway from current owner Toll Road Investors Partnership, a subsidiary of Australia-based Macquarie Group.

The news outlet reported Del. Joe T. May (R-33), who represents western Loudoun, confirmed such negotiations were underway.

Let us know what you think in the comments below. Should the state buy the Greenway?

TRIP was originally designed as a privately operated toll road by a local family, but the family sold it after it failed to turn a profit. State law was created to permit a 50-year concession of the road, after which it would revert back to the state. The law, however, permits the operator to make a profit, which has resulted in main gate tolls near $5 at rush hour.

Congressman Frank R. Wolf (R-10) has long called the arrangement "highway robbery" and has urged the state to change the law. Attempts to persuade TRIP II to institute distance pricing have been unsuccessful because the owners believe it could result in financial losses.

The tolls are likely to come under greater focus as the state increases tolls for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority-operated Dulles Toll Road to pay for Metro's Silver Line project.

S - Herndon January 18, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Let's picket the Greenway and the Dulles Toll Road. Let's end the ridiculous cost of driving to work.
Daniel Davies January 18, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Rt. 7 will get interchanges at Sycolin, Belmont Ridge, Lexington Dr. and Ashburn Village Blvd. in the next 1-3 yrs, making that option from Leesburg to Rt. 28 even better. Only remaining lights between Rt. 28 and Berryville will be Battlefield Pkwy and Cardinal Dr. The improvements are currently scheduled for Sycolin (2013) http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/sycolin_road_overpass.asp Belmont Ridge (FY2015) http://syip.virginiadot.org/Pages/lineitemDetails.aspx?syp_scenario_id=193&line_item_id=1059460 Lexington Dr. (FY2016) http://syip.virginiadot.org/Pages/lineitemDetails.aspx?syp_scenario_id=193&line_item_id=1059294 Ashburn Village Blvd. ???? http://loudoun.gov/DocumentCenter/View/81213 2005- the year Greenway traffic peaked (according to his article linked below)- was the year the CTB started increasing DTR tolls to fund the Rail Project. Greenway traffic has been in a free-fall since. Coincidence? I think not. People don't want their tolls paying for the train they won't/can't use.
Marcus Aurelius January 19, 2013 at 04:41 AM
Buy it and make it toll free!
Bob Bruhns January 19, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Sounds like a great way to extract money from people. Start a private toll road, screw it ALL up, go broke, sell it to somebody else, and then dump it on taxpayers. Heck, voters wouldn't even be able to argue against the cost until it was too late! What could be better for our elected 'representatives'? No responsibility! "OH, well WE had no reason to intrude, until the new owners decided to make the tolls way too high! Of course we HAD to pay whatever they charged us, you have to underSTAND!" Hmmm, betcha they'll do it everywhere now.
joe brewer January 19, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Buy it and lower the tolls to cover the cost of the Greenway only. Don't put a additional burden on the taxpayer for a road that is already set up to collect tolls for it's upkeep. Who better to pay for a express road then the users. It should be a non-profit and the tolls should only be as high as the costs to maintain the road. No pork bought with money from the tolls.


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