posted January 23rd, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Delegate David Ramadan
RAMADAN, GREASON, LAROCK INTRODUCE BILL TO LOWER GREENWAY TOLLS
Senator Black Joins the Effort, Congresswoman Comstock and Loudoun Board Supports
Richmond, VA | January 23rd, 2015 – Delegate David Ramadan (87th – R), Delegate Tag Greason (32nd – R), Delegate Dave LaRock (33rd – R) and Senator Dick Black (10th – R) filed new legislation today in the interest of their constituents who are desperate for relief from excessive Greenway toll increases. They intend to better define current law in Virginia as it relates to the Greenway in order to correct current inequities that have resulted in unbearably high tolls.
This legislation contains definitions that will clarify the existing Code of Virginia to assist the State Corporation Commission (SCC) in their duty to regulate the operators of the Dulles Greenway in a way that is fair to all stakeholders.
“The issue is complex, and the lawyers who represent the Greenway are powerful and well-funded. But the hard working residents of Virginia deserve better,” said the bill patrons on Friday afternoon. “We have the Code of Virginia on our side, and we will do our duty to seek relief for our constituents.”
“The ever increasing tolls on the Greenway make it harder and harder for moms and dads and others who are trying to get to and from work every day to justify using the road – that means more congestion on Route 7 and other local roads. I applaud my former colleagues in the General Assembly for taking on this issue and I will continue to work with them and others to keep the Greenway affordable,” said Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA).
This week the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted to endorse this bill and encourage all members of the Loudoun General Assembly delegation to support it. “The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is committed to doing anything and everything possible to bring relief to residents from outrageous Greenway tolls,” said Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles). “The Board has devoted County legal resources to Delegate Ramadan’s SCC case and will be actively supporting this legislation introduced by members of our delegation. We appreciate their efforts.”
Ramadan and Loudoun County are currently engaged in an investigation that started in December of 2012 with the SCC against the Greenway’s excessive toll rates. In 2014 an SCC hearing examiner ruled that she had “no authority to reduce tolls.” Thus the legislators are now working to clarify the Virginia code by introducing this measure.
On December 30th, 2014, the Greenway operators filed an application for yet another toll increase with the SCC, despite the court case still being in progress. Local residents are encouraged to submit comments to the SCC via their website: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/case/PublicComments.aspx, using case number: PUE-2014-00129 – Application of Toll Road Investors Partnership II, L.P., for an increase in tolls
Delegate David Ramadan represents the 87th House of Delegates District, which includes eastern Loudoun County and western Prince William County. He has been working on this issue since he was sworn into office in 2012. Delegate Tag Greason represents the 32nd House of Delegates District, which includes most of the Ashburn area of Loudoun County. He has been working on this issue since 2010. Delegate Dave LaRock represents the 33rd House of Delegates District, which includes parts of western Loudoun County, northern Clarke County, and northern Frederick County.