Washington, D.C. (December 9, 2011) – In a letter today to Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) expressed his continued frustration with the owners of the Dulles Greenway.
Wolf wrote that he is concerned area residents are unaware of the planned toll increase on January 1 and remains dumbfounded by the company’s refusal to even do a distance pricing study.
“It is my understanding that the company’s bond insurer won’t permit expenditures that will not increase revenues,” Wolf wrote. “How then is the Greenway able to make contributions to political campaigns? The Greenway even pays former VDOT Secretary Whit Clement to lobby members of the General Assembly.”
Wolf also is upset that the owners of the Greenway are pushing back on an effort to erect signs detailing the toll rates on area roads leading up to the Greenway.
“Why should a [Greenway] user have to visit a Web site to find out what the toll rate will be,” Wolf said. “This is simply unacceptable.”
Wolf has long been a vocal critic of the Greenway. He has repeatedly spoken out against toll increases on the road, regularly called for distance pricing and last year pushed for the creation of advisory committee on the Greenway that includes local officials and citizens. The panel was established earlier this year.
“I have spoken to Loudoun residents who say that they won’t even take the commuter buses because they cannot afford the Greenway tolls to access the commuter bus lots,” Wolf wrote. “I implore you to think about the effect this has on families taking their children to soccer practice, a piano lesson, or a doctor’s appointment. They are faced with the choice of providing less for their children or spending untold hours in congestion on surrounding roads. This is no choice at all.”
Wolf said he also has heard from local realtors who are concerned that escalating tolls on the Greenway will depress housing sales.