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Chamber Supports Ramadan Bill to Lower Greenway Tolls
Urges State Officials to focus on distance-based pricing
Loudoun County, VA –Today, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce issued a statement of support for Delegate David Ramadan’s House Bill (HB) 2344, which seeks to lower tolls on the Dulles Greenway.
“The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is proud to support the efforts of Delegates Ramadan, Greason and LaRock to give the State Corporation Commission (SCC) the authority to set more reasonable toll rates on the Dulles Greenway,” said Chamber President and CEO Tony Howard.
“As the Chamber indicated in its letter to the SCC in June of 2013, the Greenway’s high tolls clearly “discourage use of the roadway by the public.” Consequently, daily thousands of extra drivers crowd onto already congested local roads, worsening the intolerable level of traffic in Loudoun County, damaging our quality of life and harming the economic competitiveness of our businesses and their employees,” said Howard
“The Loudoun County Chamber fully supports free market principles and we support the rights of Toll Road Investors Partnership (TRIP) II, L.P. – the Greenway’s owners, – to earn a reasonable rate of return on the investment they have made in this public-private facility. We also believe that the lack of distance-based pricing and other factors ensures that the Greenway does not provide its users a value commensurate with the costs of the tolls. We urge Loudoun County’s General Assembly delegation to support the bill and to push the SCC to replace the toll structure currently used on the Dulles Greenway with a fairer, more competitive rate structure that incorporates graduated or distance-based tolls,” concluded Howard.
To read the Chamber’s June 2, 2013 letter to the SCC click here.
The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is the “voice of business” on behalf of its nearly 1,300 members on issues that impact the economy and quality of life in Loudoun County.
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