posted March 6th, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Delegate David Ramadan
Telephone: 703 348 7015
DELEGATE RAMADAN CONTINUES TO FIGHT GREENWAY TOLLS
SCC Grants Ramadan’s Motion and Continues Rate Increase Case
Richmond, VA | March 6th, 2014 – Yesterday, the State Corporation Commission issued an order – despite opposition by the Greenway – granting Delegate Ramadan’s request to be a party to the Greenway’s latest rate increase case and approving Delegate Ramadan’s request to continue the case until 30 days after the adjournment of the current Regular Session of the General Assembly. The SCC’s action postpones the automatic increase of the Greenway tolls (from $4.90 to $5.10) to at least April 8th – a rate increase would have taken place on February 15th otherwise.
On December 30th, 2013, the Toll Road Investors Partnership II (TRIP II), owners of the Dulles Greenway Toll Road, filed an application for yet another toll increase with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC).
On January 3rd, Delegate Ramadan filed a complaint with the SCC to suspend the new application for a toll increase until the ongoing case against the Greenway is complete and appeals are exhausted. Based on a request by Delegate Ramadan, the SCC has been investigating the Greenway Toll Roads current rate structure since January 30th, 2013. That investigation is still ongoing, with evidentiary hearings held in November and December of last year. Delegate Ramadan presented clear evidence that the current rates are in violation of Virginia Code 54-542 D and petitioned the judge to lower the tolls and apply distance-based pricing.
Further, on February 10th, Delegate Ramadan filed a Motion to Stay, requesting that the Commission continue the new toll increase application until April 8th. Virginia code entitles members of the General Assembly to continue any court proceedings 30 days prior to session, during session and until 30 days after session.
“TRIP II’s application to the SCC to further raise the currently disputed rates is a blatant disregard to the current investigation and an insult to the citizens of Loudoun County. I will continue this fight and use any and all tools available to me, including invoking legislative privilege as I did in this case to ease the toll burden on my constituents,” Delegate Ramadan stated.
Delegate Ramadan represents the 87th House of Delegates District, which includes eastern Loudoun County and western Prince William County. He currently serves on the oldest & newest committees in the House of Delegates: Privileges & Elections (P&E) and Science & Technology (S&T), as well as General Laws Committee. He serves as the chairman of the P&E Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee. Delegate Ramadan is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Business Development Caucus. He also serves on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.