Dulles Greenway Marks 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago todayhundreds gathered on Stratford Farm at the southern end of Leesburg to celebrate the opening of the Dulles Greenway toll road.

The 14-mile highway was hailed as a new paradigm, with private investors led by Magalen O. Bryant of Middleburg stepping up to build needed infrastructure. It was Virginia’s first private toll road since 1816. In 1995, it cost $1 to bypass the rush-hour traffic congestion on Rt. 7 and Rt. 28.

Today, the highway is maintained and operated by Toll Road Investors Partnership II, which has come under frequent criticism from elected leaders and commuters for high toll rates, now set at $4.75 and $5.80 during rush hours.

Under the leadership of new TRIP II CEO Renée N. Hamilton, the company this month is launching a yearlong celebration focused on engagement with, and re-investment in, the community.

“As we look forward to the next 25 years, we are focused on fostering a stronger relationship with the community, delivering an exceptional customer experience, providing a safe and well-maintained roadway, and ongoing environmental stewardship. TRIP II is committed to collaborating with local stakeholders to find solutions that will further show our value and benefit to this community,” stated Hamilton, who joined the Greenway in July after serving as VDOT’s deputy district administrator for Northern Virginia. “We recognize that the transportation landscape and how people choose to travel may change as a result of COVID- 19, but the Dulles Greenway remains a viable choice to connect our community and the region.”

Although the annual Drive for Charity, which has raised $4 million for nonprofits and scholarships, was canceled this year, the company is planning a new “Run the Greenway” event on May 1 to raise money for area charities. It also is working with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy to expand environmental sustainability programming. Additionally,during the COVID-19 pandemicaFirst Responders Toll Relief Program was put in place to support local first responders.

3 thoughts on “Dulles Greenway Marks 25 Years

  • 2020-09-29 at 3:57 pm
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    The biggest mistake the then BOS ever made for LoCo! I never used the GREEDWAY and won’t ever. I will not support the gougers from Australia. I have only used Route 7 which is now better than it ever was. The GREEDWAY ruined LoCo, and until I leave for greener pastures out West, I can say that in 25 years my tires have never touched that GREEDY GREEDWAY! And I am better for it.

  • 2020-09-29 at 8:26 pm
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    I think I have used the Greenway less than a dozen times in 25 years. I don’t think I have used it this year and don’t plan to use it next year.

    Tolls in Northern Virginia appears to punitive and aimed at drivers as weapons for social engineering. The funds are often reallocated and miss-allocated to some other purpose other than roads.

    How people can manage to the tolls on the Greenway and I-66 inside the Beltway is a mystery to me.

    Government does nothing well and this is yet another prime example of that fact.

  • 2020-09-30 at 7:55 am
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    I vaguely remember that once this was paid for it was to be free. This is an abomination to the people who have to use it. And you can’t even deduct it! We are screwed every day and the County and the State assist in this. If it were at all possible everyone should boycott the use of this soul sucking, pocket-lining fiasco.

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