Congressman Frank Wolf announces his support for SB316
Senator Richard H. Black (R- Loudoun and Prince William Counties) has introduced Senate Bill 316, requiring the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to institute distance-based pricing on the Dulles Greenway before another toll increase. Black’s legislation seeks to provide consumer protections to users of the Greenway.
“Users of the Greenway have been hit hard by rising tolls,” Black said in a statement. “Currently, drivers who drive two miles pay the same as those who drive ten miles on the Greenway. My bill would bring fairness back to drivers who rely on the Greenway to get to and from work. The current law governing the Greenway is neither balanced or fair and it leads to gridlock on other Loudoun roads.”
Congressman Frank Wolf endorsed Black’s legislation in a letter he sent earlier this week. “Current law allows the Greenway to operate with near impunity,” Wolf said in a letter dated January 23, 2012. “I am extremely pleased that you have introduced legislation mandating distance-based pricing. The changes in your bill will allow the SCC to focus on protecting consumers and not the bottom line of a foreign-owned company.”
The distance-based pricing bill has been referred to the Senate’s Committee on Commerce and Labor. “It is unreasonable to ask drivers to pay the full toll regardless of how far they drive on the Greenway. This legislative session, I hope to change that.” Black said.