Wolf Demands Rollback of "Highway Robbery" Fare Increase On Dulles Greenway

July 29, 2010

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Contact: Robert Jesionowski

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LEESBURG, VA - Decrying excessive costs for Virginia commuters, Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf (R-10th District) is urging a reversal of the recent fare increase on the Dulles Greenway which has made it "the most expensive toll road per mile in the country." Wolf also requests two other changes aimed at making the Sterling-Leesburg portion of the toll road more user-friendly.

In a July 26, 2010, letter to Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, Wolf states:

"I have been openly critical of the cost of the tolls on the Dulles Greenway for several years and the increase that went into effect on July 1 only added fuel to the fire. During rush hours, it now costs $4.50 to use the road, and if drivers are coming from or going onto the Dulles Toll Road the rate is $5.25. That means a daily round trip would be $10.50. Over the course of a month, a daily commuter could spend the equivalent of a car payment ...

"I have said it before, and will say it again: This is highway robbery."

Wolf notes that Dulles Greenway toll revenues go directly to the Australian-based Macquarie Group, which owns the road, and none of the money contributes to improving transportation in the state. The Australian company acquired majority ownership of the Greenway in 2005.

In addition, Wolf requests that Macquarie post more prominent signage at the entrances to the Greenway informing drivers of the current price of the tolls and that Secretary Connaughton appoint a task force of local elected officials to provide ongoing oversight of the toll road "to make the road more user-friendly."

U.S. Representative Frank Wolf has been a constant advocate for transportation improvements in Northern Virginia in order to help Virginia's residents. For more information on Congressman Wolf's efforts, please visit his Web site at http://wolf.house.gov/transportation.

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