Loudoun County, VA—John Whitbeck, candidate for Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, released a campaign ad this week focused on Greenway toll increases.
Twice as many workers living in Loudoun County commute over an hour to work than the national average, and Whitbeck is working to shorten commute times, lower tolls, and improve road conditions.
“We need leaders,” said Whitbeck, “leaders that won’t shrug their shoulders when Loudoun faces toll increases.”
As traffic is diverted from the Greenway to Rt. 7, Rt. 15, Waxpool, and other county roads because of high tolls, Loudoun commutes become more congested, dangerous, and time-consuming.
In 2008, the Virginia legislature passed a law guaranteeing annual toll increases on the Greenway. Pending its expiration in 2020, Greenway owners partnered with Loudoun Chair Phyllis Randall to extend these tolls increases until 2056.
When this deal was presented to the Board of Supervisors in January, the bipartisan board voted 8-1 to reject 36 more years of toll increases.
Chairwoman Phyllis Randall was the only supporter of the Greenway toll increases.
Even Randall admitted “this doesn’t benefit a lot of people and it doesn’t benefit them very much” before voting to support the Greenway.
Whitbeck is committed to finding solutions to Loudoun’s transportation problems. This is includes building Greenway alternatives, improving road conditions, fully utilizing Metro, and lowering tolls on the Greenway.
“Too many politicians talk about tolls,” said Whitbeck. “It’s time we actually get something done.”