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Friday, December 9, 2011

Wolf Expresses Concern about Greenway Toll Increase, Fairfax News, December 9, 2011

Rep. Frank Wolf is highly irritated with the recalcitrance of Dulles Greenway officials on matters affecting tolls and service.  This Fairfax News piece includes both reporting and the full text of Rep. Wolf's letter to the Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton. 

Is this what happens when the state turns over responsibility for managing a toll road to a private corporation--or a public entity (like MWAA) that acts like one?

 The article begins:
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 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.”
Read the full Fairfax News report and Rep. Wolf's letter here.  

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