The Dulles Greenway is a privately owned 14-mile toll road that connects Washington Dulles International Airport with Leesburg, Virginia. The Greenway is the first private toll road in Virginia since 1816.
Since the Greenway’s dedication on September 29th 1995, commuters have enjoyed a non-stop alternative to Routes 7 and 28. Previously, a trip from Leesburg to Dulles during rush hour would take approximately 30 minutes. That same trip, utilizing the Greenway’s 65mph speed limit and complete lack of traffic signals, is now less than 15 minutes.
The Greenway also maximizes traffic flow by offering electronic toll collection through the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Smart-Tag/E-ZPass System. Smart-Tag/E-ZPass is the quickest, most convenient toll payment method available. The Greenway’s Smart-Tag/E-ZPass lanes process six times as many vehicles per hour as conventional cash payment lanes.
The Greenway is a leading example of the current trend towards the privatization of public facilities. The Greenway demonstrates how the public and private sectors can join together to supplement the existing transportation infrastructure without raising taxes. This project represents a new paradigm for cooperation between the public and private sectors for resolving infrastructure issues.
Driving the Greenway
There are no stop lights on the Greenway. A trip from Leesburg to the Dulles Airport or to the Dulles Toll Road can be made in less than 15 minutes. Travelers save time and money when compared to the alternate routes.
Not only does the commuter save time, but with the elimination of at grade intersections, and separation from oncoming traffic, accident rates are lower on the Greenway than those on urban arterial roads, such as Routes 7 and 28.
The Dulles Greenway offers a reduced toll during the non-congested hours. The benefits to the motorist are a lower toll during these times, and the benefit to the Greenway is the ability to reduce the need for additional capital expenditures to service peak period demand.
Less congestion means everyone benefits, as it will cut down emission of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide as well as reducing fuel consumption.