Washington, D.C. is a very busy city. With its many inhabitants, people working there often find it difficult to find decent housing, especially for Frank Haney. Fortunately, many of the city’s employees have found excellent housing in the nearby state of Virginia where beautiful homes and good educational facilities are available. One of the things that have made it easy for them to travel from Washington, D.C. to their Virginia home is the Dulles Greenway Toll Road. This road runs between Washington, D.C. and Leesburg, Virginia and is an extension of the Dulles Toll Road, which opened for traffic in 1984.
The Dulles Greenway Toll Road has a fascinating history. Located between Leesburg and the Dulles Airport, it has proved to be a convenient road with no stop lights, making it possible to make the trip in 15 minutes. It is Virginia’s first private road since 1816 and was possible because of the Virginia Highway Act of 1988.
This toll road is privately owned by Toll Road Investors Partnership II (also called TRIP II). It began operating in 1995. Obtaining regular financing, the investment group purchased the land from the original owners so no eminent domain was involved. As a private entity, they must pay yearly property taxes, which totaled $3.28 million in 2013.
Drivers on the toll road are able to obtain what is called Smart-Tag/EZPass. This service is maintained at a center owned and operated by the Virginia Department of Transportation. TRIP II must pay a fee for every time a driver uses one of these passes.
Motorists establish a pre-paid account and then place an E-ZPass transponder on their license plate or inside their windshield. Every time they travel the road, the toll is deducted from their account. These E-ZPasses are also valid on other toll roads in several states.
Conveniences of the road include grade intersections, six lanes in most places and a divided thoroughfare. It has proved itself an excellent commuter road between Leesburg, Virginia and Washington, D.C.. Loudoun County, Virginia, where Leesburg is located, is rated as one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S. and is drawing many people from the Washington, D.C. area. For driver’s convenience, during off hours a lower toll is offered.
The Dulles Greenway toll road has proved itself by providing a means of quick transportation from one point to another. This is especially true of travelers seeking the convenience of the Dulles International Airport for airline transportationComments closed