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Task force considers toll changes to Dulles Greenway

Tuesday - 7/19/2011, 5:33am  ET

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The Dulles Greenway. (Photo courtesy of the Dulles Greenway)

Neal Augenstein, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - It is one of the country's most expensive toll roads, and now there is talk about changing how drivers pay for the Dulles Greenway.

The Greenway is a privately owned 14-mile toll road that connects Dulles International Airport with Leesburg.

Even though commuters can use the Greenway to drive 65 miles an hour between Leesburg and Dulles, many Loudoun County residents choose not to because of the toll rates that are the same whether drivers take the entire route or just one exit.

A task force created by Virginia Department of Transportation is looking at the Greenway and whether more people would use the road if they adopted a variable pricing structure.

The Greenway's website notes that "The Dulles Greenway's current layout cannot accommodate distance-based pricing. The Greenway was designed to maximize the efficiency of the toll collection process ...thus expediting traffic flow. This design - much like that of the Dulles Toll Road-does not offer a discount for partial usage."

The Greenway is regulated by the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

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