The State Corporation Commission has agreed to allow the Loudoun Board of Supervisors to serve as a respondent in its investigation into the tolling structure on the Dulles Greenway, the county announced this afternoon.
The status will allow the county to cross-examine witnesses and formally participate in the case.
The SCC initiated the investigation in response to a filing by Del. David Ramadan (R-87) that questioned whether the toll rates—as high as $4.90 one way—violate a provision of the state code that says toll increases should be approved only if they are “not likely to materially discourage use of the roadway.” Ramadan and members of the Board of Supervisors have regularly argued that drivers flood secondary roads to avoid using the privately owned Greenway.
Sept. 4 the board unanimously voted to ask the SCC to allow the county to receive "intervener" status because the Greenway is located solely in Loudoun County.
While the board’s decision comes late in the investigation—several public hearings were held on the matter this summer—the final phase will include an evidentiary hearing Nov. 12 in Richmond.
"Since the Greenway is entirely located in Loudoun County and due to the high number of drivers avoiding the Greenway because of its high tolls, we believe it is in the best interest of citizens and businesses alike that the Board became a formal part of the proceedings," Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) said in the statement.