Statement from Former Delegate David Ramadan Regarding the Virginia Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Excessive Greenway Tollsposted September 9th, 2016
Today, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld the State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) rejection of my challenges to the Dulles Greenway’s excessive tolls. In December of 2012, I filed these challenges on behalf of my Loudoun constituents who are forced to either pay exorbitant tolls or sit in ever-growing traffic to drive around the Greenway. I was joined in this effort by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
I would like to thank the Loudoun Board, particularly former Chairman Scott York and Dulles District Supervisor Matt Letourneau, for their work to join my effort, contribute resources, and direct the Loudoun County Attorney to argue the case, which he did admirably.
In the course of this challenge, I believe we built a strong case that the Greenway was violating the law and contributing to the severe congestion in eastern Loudoun County. Unfortunately, the deck was stacked against us at the SCC, and the Supreme Court elected to defer to the SCC’s authority.
In 2015, I filed legislation (HB2344) (http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?151+sum+HB2344) that would have alleviated this problem by lowering the current rates, applied distance-based pricing to the Greenway, and limited yearly increases. Unfortunately, the Greenway’s extensive network of special interests which included high paid lobbyists, lawyers and former officials ensured that my bill never saw the light of day.
The rejection of our appeal by the Supreme Court demonstrates that the only way to fix this problem is through legislation. I call on Governor McAuliffe, Attorney General Herring, and the entire House and Senate to do what is right and work together to provide relief to Loudoun commuters.