A leading example of the current trend towards the privatization of public facilities.

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.

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.

Facts & Myths

Myth
the Dulles Greenway is exempt from taxes.
Fact
the owner of the Dulles Greenway, Toll Road Investors Partnership II, (TRIP II) pays real estate taxes on the property on which the road is built. In 2018, TRIP II paid $4.39 million in real estate taxes alone.
Myth
the Commonwealth of Virginia condemned the land that was used to build the Dulles Greenway.
Fact
TRIP II purchased all the land that the Greenway is situated on from the original owners at market price.
Myth
the Commonwealth of Virginia issued tax free bonds to help finance the Dulles Greenway.
Fact
the Dulles Greenway was built using conventional financing at market rates.
Myth
the owner of the Dulles Greenway owns and operates the Smart-Tag/EZ-Pass Customer Service Center.
Fact
the Smart-Tag/EZ-Pass Customer Service Center is owned and operated by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and TRIP II pays a fee for every Smart-Tag/EZ-Pass transaction that takes place on the Greenway.

FAQ

Find the answers to our frequently asked questions here.

Your E-ZPass transponder is identified upon entering the lane approximately 60 feet prior to the toll booth. Once your E-ZPass has been identified you have committed to completing the transaction in that lane. If the car in front of you is delayed in the lane and you decide to back out of the lane, your transponder will not work in the next lane because it was already identified and assigned to the original lane. Thus, you will be stuck in the new lane, causing another bottleneck and very likely causing another vehicle to back-up.

The E-ZPass transponder is designed to be mounted on the windshield of your vehicle to ensure that the device is at the proper angle and positioned to communicate with the E-ZPass antenna. Holding the device in your hand impedes the radio signal as well as changes the required angle and position and more than likely will cause the E-ZPass to fail.

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 elected not to use coin-operated toll machines for several reasons. First, processing time for coin transactions can actually be longer than the time needed for credit card transactions. Also, coin machines require much higher maintenance, due to vandalism, foreign objects, and coin jams. However, most importantly, coin machines pose a security risk to Greenway employees who transfer funds between locations. We feel that credit card and Smart-Tag/E-ZPass transactions are the safest, most expedient methods for unmanned toll collection.

Although your old transponder is no longer assigned to your account it will be identified in the toll lane as long as it remains in your vehicle. The old transponder that is now in the glove compartment, middle console, under the seat or in the trunk is being identified by the toll collection system as an invalid E-ZPass. This additional transponder in your vehicle will not only cause problems with the toll collection system but can also lead to your vehicle being identified as a toll violator. To ensure that your E-ZPass works as designed and the toll lanes remain free flowing please remove all other E-ZPass transponders from your vehicle.

In order to keep costs at a minimum, cash collection hours have been reduced on the Dulles Greenway. At the mainline toll plaza, the cash collection hours are as follows:

TRAFFIC USING ROUTE 28/SULLY ROAD

CASH COLLECTION
WEEKDAYS
 WEEKENDS      
  START TIME END TIME START TIME END TIME
EASTBOUND 6:00 AM 3:00 PM 12:30PM 2:30 PM
WESTBOUND 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 2:00 PM 6:30 PM

TRAFFIC USING DULLES TOLL ROAD

CASH COLLECTION
WEEKDAYS
 WEEKENDS    
  START TIME END TIME START TIME END TIME
EASTBOUND 6:00 AM 6:30 PM 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
WESTBOUND 9:00 AM 9:00 PM 9:00 AM 9:00 PM

 

Motorists are not able to pay cash at the ramps for their toll. The Dulles Greenway does accept all credit card types as well as Smart-Tag/E-ZPass.